Parents' Guide to

Kirby's Epic Yarn

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Original and beautiful platformer is one of the year's best.

Game Nintendo Wii 2010
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Based on 5 parent reviews

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Kirby's Epic Yarn Parent Guide

Mild cartoon violence in this game may not be suitable for kids under 5.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
age 3+

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a creative and original platformer safe for anyone old enough to be able to understand how to play. The youngest players might become a little afraid while facing off against some of the game’s larger monsters, but it’s not exactly the stuff of nightmares -- all of the game’s enemies are made of yarn. Plus, they cannot kill the game’s little pink hero, only make him lose some of the beads he’s collected. Note, though, that some parts of the game are quite challenging, and that younger children will likely require the help of an older sibling or parent to complete them. Recommended for ages 3-8 years

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (26):

Kirby's Epic Yarn is not like any other Kirby game that has come before. This is a full-on, Nintendo’s-game-design-genius-working-overtime masterpiece of a platformer that players young and old -- we played through the whole thing with a kindergartner as a playing partner -- will remember for years to come. Whether you’re tightening a drawstring to cleverly close the mouth of a volcano or tugging the yarn tongue of a dragon and then letting it spring back at him, it’s an extraordinarily imaginative adventure from start to finish.

It’s not quite perfect -- there are some extremely challenging moments that may frustrate younger players, and when playing cooperatively there’s a chance that one player may find him or herself locked into an area because the screen’s edges have become artificial environmental borders (something that could have been fixed had the developers simply allowed the camera to pull back a bit)--but it’s still one of the most original, memorable, and just plain beautiful platformers in years.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 17, 2010
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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