This accessible adventure will make you smile, but the additional gameplay, challenges, and hidden extras will keep you coming back for more. The true appeal of Kirby and the Forgotten Land is finding all of the secrets buried in each stage. Discovering hidden Waddle Dees are standard objectives in every level, but you can also perform tasks along the way like knocking down wanted posters or staying out of sludge to rescue additional citizens. Each Dee that you save and each goal that you complete helps you rebuild Waddle Dee town, giving the captured creatures a place to live. In return, their buildings give you access to mini-games, statues, shops, and power-ups. That constantly provides motivation to explore and replay levels, especially as you gain new abilities. Each copy ability has a standard attack and a powered-up strike. With enough coins and stars earned from mini-games, these can be evolved into stronger versions, providing new tactics that can be used in a stage. In fact, there are some level goals you can't even accomplish without specific skills, so there's loads to do and plenty of things to unlock. Whether you're playing alone or wandering the world in co-op play, exploring ruins like abandoned shopping malls is a ton of fun as you hop, jump, and blast through.
Notable hiccups during play don't ruin the game but do detract from the action. For example, Forgotten Land isn't very hard to play through by yourself, and it becomes easier with co-op, since one player can draw fire while the other takes out or injures opponents. Unless you have trouble coordinating with your partner, you should be able to sail through the stages. Additionally, while you gather figurines during stages and from the in-game ball machine, the use of actual amiibos for gameplay is underwhelming. Tapping one usually results in coins, fruit, and the occasional power-up (depending on the figure). If, instead, they provided a substantial boost to a copied ability, or an invincibility power-up, it would feel more useful than decorative. Instead, it seems like a missed opportunity. That being said, though, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a lot of fun, and adventure fans young and old alike will love exploring its world.