The Legendary Starfy

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Cute, surprisingly robust platformer geared for kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Starfy is undeniably good natured and is ready and willing to risk himself to help others in need. Plus, players can work co-operatively, with one taking the reins of Starfy’s sister, Starly.

Violence & Scariness

Starfy has a spinning attack that stuns his adversaries. He can also transform into creatures with various offensive abilities, such as a monster that breathes fire. Fighting is very mild—enemies simply appear stunned and go tumbling off the screen. 


Starfy has starred in several games in Japan and had cameos in games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but this is his first real adventure in North America.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a simple platform adventure geared for kids. There is no coarse language or sexuality, and the violence, while frequent, is quite mild -- Starfy can perform spin attacks and transform into a few different creatures with unique abilities, such as dragon that breathes fire. Parents should also know that there is good gaming value here, thanks to the game's lengthy and highly replayable solo adventure and support for single-card co-operative multiplayer.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns August 1, 2011

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. T... Continue reading
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byvelveta December 23, 2010
Kid, 10 years old November 16, 2009

Great game!

Great game, and im ten!
I like this one, I have played some stuff that is horrible and this is the opposite!There are positive mesages like "once you are b... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 25, 2009

one of those age-appropiate action/adventure games

The game is pretty fun. Violence is limited to some spinning atacks that put Xs on the sea creature that you balttle when it is defeated and it will just disa... Continue reading

What's it about?

Starfy, a cute yellow starfish that can swim, jump, spin, and transform into various creatures, has been around for a while in Japan, but THE LEGENDARY STARFY -- officially his fifth adventure -- is the first Starfy game to make it to North America.

It's a relatively simple platformer that will let junior players get a feel for moving characters around in 2-D environments and contending with conventional bad guys. Hints appear on the bottom screen, there are plenty of arrow signs showing the way to the end of each level, and enemies typically move slowly and in very recognizable patterns. It also introduces kids to traditional features found in more complex platformers, such as secret rooms and unlockable mini-games. Add in the local area network multiplayer features -- a co-op mode lets a second player take control of Starfy's sister, Starly -- and you have a surprisingly lengthy and robust kids game.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the game’s charming hero, Starfy. Does he seem familiar? In which other Nintendo games might you have seen him? Are his abilities original enough to distinguish Starfy from other, similar Nintendo heroes, such as Kirby? What age group do you think this game is best suited for? Do you think older players could have fun with it? 

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $34.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 8, 2009
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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