Kirby Star Allies

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Fun, colorful platformer promotes friendship, teamwork.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 6+

Kids can play this game but lore is wierd

Sooo Basically Nintendo does this thing where they make kids games with creepy bosses really messed lore and strange details Its easy to play and its just in general a great game for kids if you dont think about how weird the story (a child eating people and also turning them agains thier familly and friends) and lore is. (examples of weird nintendo game lore is Earthbound/Mother series Star Fox and the Paper mario series )

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 9+

A couple of dark moments here and there.

For the most part of the game, it is very easy. The actual story mode and stuff are suitable for younger audiences. However, at the end there is a strange villain you see. He has a hood and resembles highly as a priest. His goal is to revive the “dark lord” known as Void Termina. But this guy is absolutely INSANE. His personality and actions are very unpredictable, crazy and absolutely mayhem. And right before you fight him, he tells you to please disappear forever. Well in the original Japanese version of the game, he tells you to literally kill yourself. It is dark as crap and that should show you how insane he is. It gets worse as when you take his hood off, he’s a horrifying looking beast and becomes way more violent than his first phase. This character wasn’t just trying to revive the dark lord for the heck out of it, if you look closer and understand the games hidden lore, you can find out that this is a cult or religion. So basically, he was preforming the equivalent of a satanic ritual in the Kirby universe. Switching gears to the difficulty, I did say this game was easy. But that was at the start. One of the extra modes you unlock after beating story mode called hero’s in another dimension, is SUPER hard. This difficulty is absolutely berserk. It is extremely hard to get past this mode, especially collecting every single collectible on that mode. You’ll need tons of practice to get past each section of the stages. Going back to the dark lord cult, in the actual Void Termina fight, his heart phase does a attack where it will drop down these little raindrops from the sky. They are red and the shape of a raindrop or teardrop. If you look in the codes, this attack is called “Red Tears.” An obvious reference to a very old, but gruesome Kirby boss. Zero 2. To sum up the zero 2 fight in a nutshell, it’s basically blood everywhere. Yep, blood coming out of a white eyeball god. Rated E for eyeballs. But on the last phase of Astral Birth Void, he himself is a complete reference to Zero. (Zero being the first version of zero, he also has intense blood in the fight.) nothing too gruesome in the last phase of Void, just a really obvious reference that can get kids diggin into the Internet and seeing the horrifying zero fight where the Void fight originated from. But hey, at least in the end you help void get reborn into a happier life... Honestly, this game should be fine, it’s not bad in fact it’s a amazingly constructed game and the whole line of teamwork and friendship keeps Kirby to be sit’s own happy little universe. Just watch out for some dark moments. That’s all

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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