Parents' Guide to

The Legendary Starfy

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cute, surprisingly robust platformer geared for kids.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 4+

Way better than it looks

I notice some people here have judged this game off of its cover without actually playing it while some have trashed it without providing any details at all. There are some not on this site who unfairly classify this as a Kirby rip-off, which it's far from. Anyway, this is a very fun game with a surprisingly in-depth story line considering how cutesy it is. The different forms are fun, save for the chicken form, which is kind of annoying to use, and the gameplay is simple but a lot of fun. All in all, it's a great game, and it's a shame we never got the gameboy advance games that came before it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 6+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (6):

It doesn't break much new ground, but The Legendary Starfy should prove fun for gamers in training. Learning how to control Starfy ought not take more than a few minutes, regardless of the player's experience level, and his various moves -- spinning to attack foes, double-jumping, swimming quickly -- are fun to perform. Plus, you'll rarely go more than a few seconds without finding some new challenge, whether it's breaking open a crack in the wall to find a hidden room or engaging in a brief side mission, such as a race or a scavenger hunt.

The story, which plays out via quick and often confusing still images and exclamation mark-laden text dialogue, is scattershot at best, but you don't need to understand the goofy narrative to enjoy the action. As introductory platformers go, The Legendary Starfy is a keeper.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 8, 2009
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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