A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kirby Mass Attack is an action-adventure game with lots of very vague cartoony violence. Your team of little Kirbys (smily pink puffballs) pile on their enemies and battle them, though the actual fighting is depicted as nothing more than a whirring of arms and feet. Defeated Kirbys turn into ghost/angels and begin to float away, but they can be grabbed and brought "back to life." There is some strategy involved in deciding how to use your many Kirbys, and the game encourages experimenting.
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What's it about?
An evil villain arrives to eliminate all light from the world of KIRBY MASS ATTACK, and to make sure his wicked plan succeeds, he begins by zapping the land's greatest hero: Pink puffball Kirby. Kirby is broken up into ten little versions of himself, most of which are easily defeated by the Skull Army. You control the one remaining tiny Kirby, traversing the land to vanquish the bad guys and reconstituting the other nine mini-Kirbys.
Is it any good?
While some of the action in Kirby Mass Attack is obviously derived from the classic Pikmin (moving around little heroes en masse, flicking them at enemies), it's put to fantastic use in this wonderful new 2-D side-scrolling adventure with a nice old-school feel to it. Using the stylus to control your band of Kirbys is remarkably easy, and launching them at giant baddies is a blast. But the combat is only a small part of the adventure; there's also a great deal of exploration, with plenty of bonus items to discover. This game isn't much like Kirby games of the past, which could disappoint fans of the franchise, but as a stand-alone adventure, it's an awesomely good time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. The fighting here is so non-descript; does it still have an impact on players? Does the cartoon nature of the graphics make the violence less problematic?
Did you go back and try a level again with more Kirbys? What did you find the second time around?
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