Parents' Guide to

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cute but flawed cartoonish platforming adventure.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2015
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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is an adventure game that features some mild fantasy violence. Specifically, the pink protagonist can transform into a couple of vehicles (tank, sub, rocket) that can shoot missiles at enemies that disappear when struck; it should be known that combat isn't the primary focus of the game. Although it does feature a tutorial that explains the controls very well, interacting with Kirby isn't as intuitive as it could be, which could increase frustration in players. Kids also might ask parents to buy amiibo characters, which are optional action figures that can be used in the game to unlock special abilities. Designed for preschoolers and kindergardeners, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse can help them learn the colors of the rainbow. Recommended for ages 3-8 years WARNING: This game is designed for preschoolers and kindergardeners (Ages 3-6). although This is also for 1st and 2nd graders.

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On one hand, the colorful "claymation" look of the game, unique Wii U GamePad integration, and multiplayer support all make Kirby and the Rainbow Curse a solid addition to a Wii U owner's library. Unfortunately, the game also is plagued by some issues that mar the overall experience. For one, the controls, while refreshingly different, are often frustrating. The game starts off easy enough, but drawing on the screen requires meticulous accuracy to get all the things you need to pick up, avoid, or smash into -- but it's often unresponsive (which isn't a good combination). Or the timing of your stylus taps seems to be off. As a result, you might find yourself wrestling with the controls by the third level or so, instead of mastering them; in fact, Kirby's "Jell-O-y" physics can make it harder to direct him where you want him to go. Secondly, while the environments change over time, level tasks largely remain the same. It doesn't take long to feel déjà vu -- but bringing in friends helps make the experience better; one or more Waddle Dees can time their jumps and slash at enemies to help Kirby do his thing.

Though it's not a huge disappointment, the nagging control issues do take away from much of the fun. It's too bad because this is a kid-friendly game that's ideal for the entire family to play together. As a result, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse doesn't soar as high as it could -- that might have been accomplished with perhaps a little more testing and tweaking of the gameplay.

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