Kirby: Triple Deluxe

 

Learning(i)

Fresh, forgiving Kirby platformer's levels ramp up smoothly.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The titular character goes through dangers and adventure to rescue the king of dreamland.

Positive role models

Kirby maybe a little pink puffball, but he faces danger and solves puzzles (with the players help) bravely in order to rescue King Dedede.

Ease of play

Helpful tips and hints onscreen help the younger player along and the difficulty ramps up smoothly over the levels. Older, more experienced players may find the adventure on the easy side, but two other modes making the "Triple Deluxe" add more content and complexity to the game.

Violence & scariness

Characters are cartoonish sprites and Kirby defeats enemies by inhaling them and spitting them back out or taking on their abilities to use "cartoony" weapons like swords and bows. There is no blood or gore and damage is shown with impact sounds and colorful light effects.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy concerns even with multiplayer as no personal information is exchanged between players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a simple and colorful platformer suitable for younger kids. Kirby is a pink puffball with one major skill: he inhales things and spits 'em out again. The pace is slower and the hero a little more resilient than in other Kirby games, but the game play ramps in complexity in a way that requires you to use logic to figure out the puzzles, not just press buttons faster.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Colorful graphics, fun animations and game mechanics combined with easy play will make this an appealing choice even for the younger kids. The environment may not be as visually rich as some previous Kirby titles, but the gameplay makes up for it.

Learning Approach

Kids learn decision making, reasoning and logic by using Kirby's skills to solve puzzles and deciding which of them work best against various bosses and enemies.

Support

In game tool-tips pop up to guide kids while they're playing and off-line user control help is also available when you pause the game. There aren't any user forums, but kids will find game vids and discussions on sites like Youtube.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn decision making and puzzle solving skills in this conventional adventure platforrmer. With the use of foreground and background mechanics, kids can find and gather collectibles. They've got lots of tools (Kirby's skills!) and can use them to figure out how to put them together to solve the puzzle. This easier round of Kirby is probably most exciting for younger kids, but it's another solid Nintendo puzzler.

This Learning Rating review was written by Carolyn Koh

What's it about?

Everybody's favorite pink puffball Kirby is back in KIRBY: TRIPLE DELUXE, his latest platformer following the classic Kirby Super Star and new adventures like Kirby's Return to Dreamland. In this adventure, Kirby falls out of bed just in time to see King Dedede get abducted by a strange monster. Kirby follows, braving and besting fantastical creatures and bosses along the way. As usual, Kirby has the ability to inhale his enemies and copy their abilities, but he's got a new skill this time. It's called the Hyper-Nova, a very powerful inhalation which may seem too powerful a weapon at first, but players will quickly find it mighty useful as they move through the game.

There are also two other game modes that older kids will enjoy. Kirby Fighters, a local multiplayer game mode where Kirby's new skills come into play as each player chooses one skill and take it with them to duke it out in Super Smash Bros. style. Dedede's Drum Smash is the other, and is a short hybrid rhythm-platformer which helps extend the game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a conventional platformer that will be familiar to kids who have played previous Kirby games. This game makes use of the Nintendo 3DS's 3D capabilities with plane switching mechanics so Kirby can travel from background to foreground. You can often see things in the background you want to collect or enemies coming straight out at you. This provides a rich environment and a puzzle-like appeal to the game. The levels are diverse and challenge the player to make best use of Kirby's copied abilities. In one level, Kirby enters a circus where kids will have to keep an eye on the mirrored background to check for ghostly traps that aren't visible on the foreground plane. In others, kids can make use of the 3DS's gyroscope capabilities and tilt the 3DS to pour water from a jar or move a floating boat.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is forgiving, especially in the early stages, and the smooth ramping means that even younger kids won't get frustrated. Older, more experienced players may end up speeding through the game, but the game's use of the 3DS's capabilities make it just that much more fun. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about skills and how learning more than one can help a person on his journey through life. What skills do you think are involved in buying groceries? Is it better to learn to fish or to get a fish from someone?

  • Families can also talk about logic and puzzle solving. How does Kirby use his single skill to solve all these different problems?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Price:$34.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:May 2, 2014
Genre:Arcade
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo 3DS)

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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Kid, 11 years old June 14, 2014
age 9+
 
LEARNING

Should Be E10+

My profile: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/users/epic-waffles This is a game in the Kirby series for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. The game is very good, although there is violence. If you saw, on the violence section of this page, Common Sense said that there was no blood or gore, there is no gore, but when you fight Dark Meta Knight sometimes blood comes from him. You (Dedede and Kirby) also kill a character named Queen Sectonia (DX), then later battle her soul in The True Arena. You also kill most of the other bosses as well. Also, Kirby loves food, so the pwer-ups are food, and one of the power-ups is a glass of wine. This game features StreetPass, a fun feature where you can share Miis.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old June 1, 2014
age 5+
 
LEARNING
this video game helps kids learn alot.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old December 16, 2014
age 8+
 
LEARNING

Pretty above-average title.

Its a nice game to play. :P
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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