Kirby Mass Attack

Common Sense Media says

New twist on sidescrolling action games with easy controls.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teamwork is the big positive message here. Despite all the little heroes being tiny "pieces" of Kirby, they function as individual characters and need to work together to get things done.

Positive role models

Kirby is a brave and fearless hero. And the bad guys are the literal forces of darkness, so there's no blurring of the lines between good and evil here.

Ease of play

Moving and maneuvering is quite easy in this game, thanks to the super-simple touchscreen controls. The difficulty ramps up as you progress in the game, but does so at a nice gradual pace. The game also offers a lot of hints.

Violence & scariness

The Kirbys "pummel" their enemies (evil plants, birds, and animals), which means they jump on the baddie and move around a lot until the villain vanishes and is replaced by a piece of fruit. When a Kirby is hurt, it turns blue; if a blue Kirby is hurt, it turns into a ghostly white Kirby with wings and begins to fly upward. If one of your other Kirbys can grab a ghost Kirby before he flies away, he'll be restored.

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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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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$24.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:September 19, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Kid, 9 years old September 15, 2012
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8
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Double the Kirby, Double the fun!

This is one of the best games ever! Kirby has been zapped by Necrodeos and has transformed into 10 Kirbys! They destroy everything! There is a unlockable DS Download Play and DS Wireless Play where you can play with friends as well. At the end of the game you do end up ripping Necrodeos' tough out to turn to one Kirby again, but it's not very noticeable.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad October 20, 2012
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LEARNING

CSM left out two questions parents can ask their kids.

and those questions are, "do you or did you used to play sports?" and, '''if so, have you or did you ever hear your coach say the phrase "there's no 'I' in team?''' the reason parents can ask their kids these questions is because this game has the right message about what the phrase "there's no 'I' in team" means all over it. Plus, kids can learn the importance of teamwork. not just its importance in sports, but in other jobs like being a police officer.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old August 30, 2013
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6
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Kirby strikes again

A great game

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