A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No story to speak of or connect with. In fact, main goal of game is to eat as much as you can, which could promote bad eating habits.
Positive Role Models
Kirby dashes through his enemies and eats whatever he sees, which makes for quite a poor inspiration or role model.
Ease of Play
The faster Kirby goes, the harder it can be to control him, which falls in line with the game's focus on competitive chaos. The game's online component can be a little inconsistent as well. It's possible (although rare) to be completely disconnected from an online game out of nowhere and for no reason.
Violence & Scariness
Nothing but wacky, light, cartoonish shenanigans here. Players can turn into a collection of fun shapes to stop their rivals from coming out on top, harmlessly knocking one another out of the way.
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Products & Purchases
An entry in the popular Kirby franchise. Within the game, there's a history of the Kirby games, which may cause players to seek out other Kirby games to play.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kirby's Dream Buffet is a downloadable single-player/multiplayer party game available for the Nintendo Switch. In this entry in the popular Kirby franchise, players will compete in a series of sweet, dessert-based challenges -- ranging from racing to mini-games to a battle royale -- to prove who can be the best puffball of them all. When controlling Kirby, it can be easy for the puffball to shift where players don't want him to go, but that falls in line with the game's focus on unpredictable chaos. In a mad dash to reach the finish line and come out on top, players will turn into different shapes with various abilities to knock other players to the side or off the stage in light, cartoonish ways. With no story or developed characters to speak of, there's not much in the way of positive messages or role models. The objective of the game is to eat as much as you can in order to grow bigger to gain more speed to get to the end the fastest, which could be seen as promoting bad eating habits.
Is It Any Good?
Some games are content with just being a fun time without anything deeper beneath the surface. Kirby's Dream Buffet certainly isn't the most layered game on the market, but what it does do is enjoyable for the time you put into it. It offers a new spin on the battle royale formula and combines aspects from the Mario Party franchise and Fall Guys, and players will find themselves investing more time and effort into this free-for-all than they'd initially expect. First, players will compete in a race to the finish, with the goal being three sets of strawberries -- with higher stakes for whoever can snag them first. These courses are sickeningly sweet treats, both literally and visually, changing with every competitive set. Afterward, players will tackle mini-games, getting a necessary break from the previous race.
Finally, it's time for the battle royale, where players will use power-ups to knock each other off the stage and claim as many strawberries as possible. Despite the subgenre being done a multitude of times over the years, Kirby's Dream Buffet manages to add a delightful twist on the battle royale formula, being both tense and exciting as you knock other players around in a last-ditch effort to claim the most strawberries to secure your win. At the end, before a winner is announced, strawberries are awarded for defeating the most enemies, knocking over the most barriers, using the most copy abilities, etc. Even if a particular player has been doing well throughout the entire competition, that's the moment that can completely turn a game on its head. There are also good incentives offered along the way: Players can slowly unlock costumes, courses, mini-games, and a host of other fun goodies that will keep the gameplay from getting too stale. Is Kirby's Dream Buffet reinventing the wheel? No. But this game proves that sometimes it's perfectly fine to offer a different take on familiar formulas -- as long as you make the final product your own.
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