Yoshi's Woolly World

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Visually charming adventure lacks depth, replayability.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

No really strong messages, but there are attempts to rescue friends from evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Little known about Yoshi's character, but his motives are admirable: to save his friends. But he does use mild violence to complete this task.
 

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Players stomp, chomp, fire projectiles, yarn at enemies, which causes them to fall offscreen (not unlike in Super Mario games).

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Consumerism

Based on Nintendo's popular mascot character, Yoshi, who appears in dozens of Nintendo games, in animated TV series, on apparel, and more. This game also works with amiibo characters purchased separately (or in a bundle with this game).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yoshi's Woolly World is an adventure game starring Nintendo's favorite mascot dinosaur, Yoshi. Yoshi appears in a wide number of Nintendo games, as well as other licensed properties, and there's support for amiibo characters within the game, which are sold separately. There's some mild fantasy violence, as Yoshi can knock enemies off the screen by biting or stomping on them or firing yarn projectiles.

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Kid, 12 years old February 18, 2016
Yoshi's Woolly World is a fun game that stars Yoshi made of wool. It has a replayable story line and has amiibo support. Perfect for any Yoshi fan. The lev... Continue reading

What's it about?

Nintendo's beloved dinosaur hero is back again in YOSHI'S WOOLLY WORLD, with handcrafted stages created out of yarn, buttons, and fabric. Yoshi goes on an epic journey to save his friends from Kamek, the evil Magikoopa. The platformer has Yoshi running, jumping, and combating enemies along the way, be it by stomping, chomping, or firing yarn (and other objects) to knock enemies off the screen. As with many platformers, there are other obstacles to avoid, some of which require some thought to bypass safely. Along with multiple secrets and collectibles to find and some puzzles to solve, two people can play in cooperative ("co-op") mode to discover many of the game's hidden goodies. Speaking of multiplayer,  both Yoshi also can team up to perform moves together, such as one Yoshi turning into a ball off yarn, who can then be tossed by the other Yoshi to land on a hard-to-reach area. A competitive option exists, too, to see which Yoshi can rack up the most points at the end of each stage. Yoshi's Woolly World  also supports optional amiibo characters that can be purchased with or without this game.

Is it any good?

Yoshi's Woolly World is great for young or novice players. It's simple to pick up, thanks to accessible controls and gameplay, and charming to look at with its yarn-inspired graphics, and parents will like the fact there isn't any controversial content. But seasoned players might find the platforming and puzzles too easy or unoriginal in design. Despite some boss battles and unlockable levels that can put your reflexes to the test (six S-rank courses) and lots of collectibles to look for, the gameplay isn't that great. Once you strip away the adorable visuals, it's a basic platformer without many new tricks.

Sure, the competitive and cooperative elements are a nice touch for gamers to play with or against one another on the same television -- one using the Wii U GamePad and the other a Wii Remote -- but it still doesn't have the depth and replayability of other Nintendo platformers, such as the recently released Super Mario Maker. That said, Yoshi's Woolly World does offer a cute dog sidekick named Poochy you can summon by redeeming earned gems, and he'll help you sniff out collectibles. This is one of those games that likely will be worth picking up once the price drops. At $50, it's tough to endorse unless you're a die-hard Nintendo fan, a platformer nut, or simply itching for new content for your Wii U console.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism. Are there too many amiibo-supported games? Do kids really like this action-figure integration? Are parents OK with buying more than just the game?

  • Families also can discuss the concept of cooperation. Why do people cooperate with one another? Can you think of a task that can be achieved through cooperation that would be far more difficult to achieve on your own?

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