This updated adventure packs in new content and breathes new life into an enjoyable classic on a new platform. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, like Yoshi's Woolly World, brings players on a tactile textile adventure. Because everything's made of yarn, exploring the world is as easy as unraveling its threads. Whether it's pulling platforms closer to you or tying a hazard shut, discovering the secrets of this land feels much more at your fingertips. Kirby is amusing to watch as he transforms into different objects, like a UFO, a dune buggy, or a fire engine. The game is also very family friendly: Combat causes enemies to unravel and toss beads up in the air. Since Kirby can't die either, it's a great intro for young gamers into platforming games without anything scary. While the game has lost its co-op gameplay, this keeps the focus on single-player action, which feels just right on the 3DS.
There's also a little extra content added here: Players can choose to replay any mission for additional beads and new in-game items in the Devilish mode. Here, devils chase and attack Kirby throughout the level, giving a bigger challenge as you fight your way across each stage. Fortunately, Kirby gains new abilities by wearing hats, such as tossing bombs or spinning like a tornado. This can help Kirby bypass many of the enemies that he'll face, and even better, he can bring these hats from level to level, allowing players to pick and choose the ability that they like best to help them through stages. Along with this harder mode are two mini-games, featuring series regulars Meta Knight and King Dedede, who try to collect as many beads as possible by destroying enemies and obstacles to make embroidered materials. While the mini-games are mild diversions to the main adventure, they're still entertaining to play if you get stuck or need a break from the story. Whether you've played it before or are discovering it for the first time, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is a tale you'll love to get tied up in.