Video game review: Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Video game review: Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land brings an old character from a flat 2 dimensional world to a new 3 dimensional, as Kirby goes on to fight anything standing in his way. 

The main objective of the game is to save the Waddle Dees that were taken by the villains. Throughout the obstacles in the game you´ll be able to save them as you keep advancing in the game. As you save the Waddle Dees you´ll be able to unlock the other lands; in order to unlock some of the lands on the map you will need to have a certain amount of the Waddle Dees saved. 

The game is very similar to Super Mario 3D World where you play to finish a certain goal given to you at the start of every level. The gameplay overall was fairly easy, but because of how many different boss mechanics there are it can be challenging if it’s someone’s first time playing through the game. 

As a player progresses through the game, it does start to become a little more difficult with how much it starts to get more complicated where all the Waddle Dees are being held captive. This newer version of the game introduces the concept of upgrading your power-ups to be more powerful and do more damage to the opponent that you are put up against. The 3D aspect of the game also introduced dodging into the game. The new look to it really made it stand out in the way that it’s the first time one of the Kirby games is in the 3D perspective. 

There are many different mini games that can be played once you complete the game. As you are going through the game you can slowly unlock them. In order to play the mini games you will need to have a certain amount of Waddle Dees saved to unlock the games. 

In Boss Rush mode you are put up against all of the different bosses that you have fought in the main game and are able to keep going until one of them finally defeats you. 

Secret bosses are bosses that are considered to be the true final bosses of the games, but they are usually only accessible after meeting certain requirements that are needed to be able to fight the bosses. 

Power ups help you as you’re going through the game. There are certain enemies that Kirby can inhale to gain their ability that they have. In this new version of Kirby, you are able to upgrade the power ups with a blueprint that you have to find, rare stones, and with the coins you collect. Kirby can now also inhale objects and become them – like a car, vending machine, cones, and stairs. Your friend can join and play as bandana Waddle Dee and be their own little character that helps you complete the game. Bandana Waddle Dee can pick up capsules and communicate with the hidden Waddle Dees.

Overall, the game was good. It’s a fairly fun game if you really enjoy playing adventure games. It’s enjoyable overall and with its changes, you are still able to get the nostalgic feeling of playing and fighting against characters you already know but with a new spin to them. Not many characters changed in this new adaptation of an open-world game. Examples of a few characters who haven’t changed include Meta Knight and King Dedede. Originally named Whispy Woods, Tropic Woods is a boss who was in the first few games and received a few changes to his character, such as making him a palm tree who launches coconuts and attacks with his roots. 

Gamers who enjoy playing open-world style games such as Elden Ring, Dark Souls, Fall Out, Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto V, The Legend of Zelda, Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, and the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will enjoy this game. 

I would rate the game an 8.5/10 because everything in the game was good with the way the story was planned out. The graphics of the new game were very good and the new bosses were overall fun to play against.  Kirby and the Forgotten Land will indefinitely hold up to repeated replaying, as there are many aspects of this game that aren’t noticed at first in the first play through.