A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
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