Release date: March 16, 2018
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Genre: Platform game
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Modes: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
Grab a partner, or 4 of them and get ready for some Kirby action! Don’t worry if you don’t have any friend to play with though, the game has a good AI system to control your in-game allies. Nintendo hasn’t done anything revolutionary but the multiplayer and full HD graphics is awesome and it looks like a great time. Play with you significant other, kid, or just some friends. Check out the review snippets below!
“Kirby Star Allies is a platform game played from a side-on perspective. Players control the series’ titular protagonist Kirby who can be accompanied by up to three companions. Kirby can throw hearts at enemies to turn them into his allies. The game can be played alone with the game’s AI controlling companions or cooperatively with other players controlling companions. When Kirby has companions, new special attacks become available which allow Kirby to combine his abilities with those of his allies’, a feature not seen since Kirby: Squeak Squad. The elemental fusions last for as long as the power is held or until a new element is introduced over it, well some of the combinations are single-use moves that can be performed anytime which combine the two powers into something brand new, bearing more of a resemblance to the combinations found in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Also, when Kirby has three allies, they can perform “Friend Actions” on specific stages, like “Friend Train” and “Friend Star.” It was also shown that he can bring “Dream Friends” on his side, which are ally characters from the previous games of this series.”
Metacritic – Rating: 73 / 100
Polygon – By:
“As the series’ first major outing on Switch, Kirby Star Allies seems like the kind of game that would have been designed with an eye toward pushing Kirby into the future. It isn’t, though. Instead, it comes off as something closer to a recap of 25 years of Kirby history. It pulls together well-worn themes and elements while leaning on two key factors to make it feel fresh: high-definition graphics and four-person multiplayer.
Yes, somewhat surprisingly, Star Allies marks the first time HAL Laboratory and Nintendo have published a traditional Kirby platformer in HD. (The core Kirby games skipped Wii U altogether, with only the wonderful but decidedly nontraditional Kirby and the Rainbow Curse repping the franchise on that ill-starred console.) There’s no denying that, as with every classic franchise, experiencing familiar characters and beats through glossy high-fidelity visuals has a certain compelling charm all its own. In that sense, you can almost see Star Alliesas the series pausing to take stock before leaping ahead. There’s a lot of water being treaded here.”
IGN – By: BRENDAN GRAEBER – Rating: 8.3 / 10
“Combining moves to solve puzzles is also where the AI partners of Star Allies surprisingly shine. Initially, I was worried I’d have to direct my team by myself (and you can, by having Kirby piggyback on an AI ally to manually control them), but instead I found them quite reactive to their environment. Simply holding my weapon aloft would trigger any elemental allies in my group to shuffle over and supercharge me and any other non-elemental teammates. They would also react to any puzzle elements they could tackle on their own: a water ally would busy himself dowsing flames, while the the hammer-swinging Bonkers would smack down on any pegs. Having the right ability or ally in the right place often led to discovering hidden areas and treasure. My only gripe is that the puzzles inside optional secret rooms aren’t exactly challenging because the necessary characters are often standing patiently nearby. It was only in the last few levels that these secret areas really made think or go out of my way to find the abilities I needed.
If you prefer having human friends on your team, Kirby Star Allies makes it easy with an extremely simple and effective drop in/drop out local co-op system available at any point during a level. Friends need only press the L and R buttons on their controller of choice to take over an AI teammate (or, if Kirby is alone, they’ll pop out of whatever form he’s copied). If that friend has to leave mid-level, all it takes is holding down the Y button (or A depending on you control scheme) to give control back to the AI. It’s the incredibly streamlined appeal of this system that makes it a perfect party game, and the screen zooms in on the action close enough to make playing handheld with friends a viable option (if you don’t mind crowding around).”
Trusted Review – By: Simon Miller – Rating: 3.5 / 5
“There are mini-games that sit alongside the story mode, too, where you’ll get involved in some truly nutty scenarios. These may see you trying to chop down a tree while things try to stop you, or you might be attempting to battle away a giant asteroid. They’re as dumb as they sound – but much like before, when Kirby is involved it always manages to fit.
So there’s a lot to Kirby Star Allies, and none of it could be described as bad in any sense. In fact, it’s all rather good. The game is another fine addition to the Switch’s library, which appears to be getting better with each passing month. This could easily open up a whole new audience to the blob.
A multiplayer spin on a formula that’s now been a success for years, Kirby maintains his relevance once again. It may deviate from what old-time fans were expecting – and again, played alone it isn’t as good – but still. If you simply want to put a smile on your face and have fun, Kirby Star Allies certainly ticks that requirement.
Kirby Star Allies is an entertaining multiplayer game that’s as Nintendo as they come. Played alone, it isn’t as fun, though.”