Kirby Star Allies

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
Kirby Star Allies Game Poster Image
Fun, colorful platformer promotes friendship, teamwork.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Strong themes of friendship throughout, founded on Kirby's ability to turn almost any enemy into a friend by offering a puffy pink heart. Encourages teamwork, either with friends or a computer-controlled character.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Game never reflects on Kirby's motivations, he doesn't really talk, but he's cute, lovable, presumably has good intentions.

Ease of Play

Pretty easy, with effective computer-controlled allies to provide lots of assistance, plus generous helping of lives. Trickiest part: Things become so chaotic with multiple allies fighting multiple enemies that it can be easy to lose track of your own character.

Violence & Scariness

Colorful cartoonish characters attack each other with swords, hammers, magic, martial arts moves including punches, kicks. Defeated enemies simply disappear.

Language
Consumerism

Supports use of amiibo figurines, sold separately.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kirby Star Allies is a side-scrolling platformer with frequent but mild cartoon combat. Colorful characters hit each other with weapons, fists, and magic. Defeated enemies simply disappear. Much of the game is focused on the concepts of friendship and teamwork, with Kirby able to turn almost any enemy into a friendly ally by gifting a big pink heart. As a team, Kirby and up to three friends -- other players or computer-controlled characters -- can work together to bypass obstacles by doing things like forming a bridge or flying around on a star. Parents should note that this game supports amiibo figurines, which are sold separately and are used to unlock puzzle pieces and helpful items.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMOSM November 8, 2018
The game's emphasis on teamwork and cooperation sends a great message and lends itself to playing as a family. While the final battle of the game is too mu... Continue reading
Adult Written byLousie M. May 18, 2018

Kirby: Star Allies Parent Guide

May be too violent for kids ages four and under. It may make kids want to be domestically violent because of the scenes and the enjoyment of defeating the enemi... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 19, 2018

Kirby is fun as all ways

fun game nice game play, simple story epic last boss battle. nice concept. the game has 2 min games and 2 modes you unlock after you complete the story, one is... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 29, 2018

Kirby Star Allies: A Good Game for the Whole Family!

Kirby Star Allies, the newest Kirby game released on the Nintendo Switch, is a great game for anyone to play. I have already seen the entire story mode, and hav... Continue reading

What's it about?

KIRBY STAR ALLIES provides a pretty straightforward side-scrolling platformer experience with one notable twist: Nintendo's beloved pink puffball can turn enemies he encounters into friendly helpers by giving them a big pink heart. As usual, he can also copy enemy abilities by swallowing them. But with up to three helpers in tow -- all of whom can be controlled by other local players with their own controllers -- players now have access to a broader range of abilities necessary to solve little contextual problems. A friend with an umbrella can use it to deflect a waterfall while a fire-powered pal lights a dynamite fuse running beneath it, all while Kirby fights off any nearby enemies with a hammer, a zap of electricity, or a karate punch. More than that, pressing up on the control stick signals allies to combine their powers in fun ways, often resulting in supercharged fighters or the ability to overcome an obstacle. Beyond the friendship theme, players can expect more of what's made Kirby's adventures so popular in the past, including simple boss fights, plenty of hidden doors and unlockable bonus stages, and lots of collectibles, including jigsaw puzzle pieces that gradually assemble into celebratory pictures.

Is it any good?

Nintendo is famous for its feel-good platformers, but this one kicks things up a notch. By giving us the ability to befriend almost any bad guy -- yes, even the notorious villain King Dedede and mysterious Meta Knight -- by giving them big puffy pink hearts, Kirby Star Allies deepens the franchise's already laudable atmosphere of friendliness. Watching your little group of four pals work together by, say, one lighting another's sword on fire for a little extra oomph, or all four joining together to create a bridge, is a joy. Add in some truly fun new abilities for Kirby to copy, such as the power to paint portraits on canvases to bring items into the world and a chef skill that can whip up scrumptious meals, as well as surprisingly pretty visuals -- pay attention to the deep backgrounds in some environments to catch glimpses of glistening water and beautiful sunsets -- and you have yet another winner of a Kirby adventure.

It can be a bit confusing at times. Having so many characters on-screen -- both enemies and allies -- all acting of their own accord occasionally makes things a little hectic. Don't be surprised if you sometimes lose track of Kirby amid all of the movement and effects. And bonus multiplayer mini-games available on the title screen -- like one in which you simply bat a ball at an asteroid, aiming for maximum power -- feel like purposeless throwaway content, existing simply to pad out a game that's perhaps a little on the short side compared to other Nintendo platformers, such as Super Mario Odyssey. But don't worry about getting your money's worth. Kirby Star Allies has great replayability -- especially if you have a friend or family member who can play with you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. How many of Kirby Star Allies' 10-minute stages do you need to complete in a single session to feel satisfied?

  • Talk about working together with others. How is it different to complete a task with the help of friends rather than alone? How does it make you feel?

Game details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love platformers

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate