Kirby Star Allies is a 3D platforming game where Kirby and his friends work together to save the world from an evil corruption.
Pro Cute and colorful 3D visuals
The art style looks amazing with pleasing colors and 3D models that make the platforming levels vibrant and cheerful. All the pinks, blues, and yellows brighten up the environments. The round shapes of the cutesy characters and the world are and interesting with a lot of pop, like 3D illustrations in a book. Everything is great to look at, keeping the game plenty of fun to play with the amazing visuals.
Pro Great for kids and family to play
Kirby Star Allies is simple but entertaining enough for anyone to enjoy, especially kids. The family-friendly gameplay, kid-friendly art style, and Kirby's cute design are pretty enticing for younger ages. With the couch co-op mode, parents can also play this game with their kids for game nights. The controls are easy and straight-forward, so if you're looking to get your kids or even older family members into gaming for the first time, this is a solid stepping stone. It's an accessible game that people of all ages can pick up and enjoy.
Pro Four player couch co-op makes the game a lot more fun
Playing Kirby Star Allies through the co-op mode with up to four players helps to give the game more life. Working together to solve platforming challenges and take out enemies makes everything unpredictable in a good way, since your friends might suddenly figure out a helpful trick or find a path forward that you hadn't spotted before. Coordinating to make sure no one eats the enemy you have your eye on can be funny if one of your friends eats the monster anyway and you have to improvise. Playing with friends makes things more dynamic and fun than playing alone.
Pro Kirby can eat enemies to use their special abilities
You can make Kirby eat enemies and then use their skills as his own, constantly changing up how you play. Whenever you see a monster whose skills you want to use for yourself, you have to jump along the level and avoid any obstacles in your way to get close enough and eat it. Eating a monster with a sword and hat gives Kirby the sword to use and the hat to wear, while eating a fire monster lets Kirby hold a fireball in his hand to shoot out like magic. It's a neat way to change your playstyle on-the-fly, keeping things fresh and new.
Pro Cool platforming gameplay that keeps you engaged
The platforming gameplay in Kirby Star Allies is great with some neat puzzle-like strategy in each level. You progress through each colorful map from left to right while battling enemies and figuring out the little environmental puzzles in your way, like chunks of ice cubes that you have to melt through, or dodging projectiles that shoot at you as you jump from place to place. You can also team up with your AI allies or co-op friends to pull off friend abilities where you merge your powers together to take out a bunch of enemies and obstacles in your way all at once. The strategy and teamwork aspects help you stay engaged as you figure out the mini-puzzles in each level.
Con Co-op with the AI characters can make things too easy
The computer-controlled co-op allies always know exactly what to do, taking a lot of the challenge and possibly fun out of the game. When you're playing with actual friends, you're all figuring things out together and learning along the way. Unfortunately it's not the same experience with the computer, since they're programmed to execute the right solutions to each of the platforming puzzles and boss fights. This sadly makes everything way too easy when you can rely on the AI allies to basically play the game for you.
Con The levels are repetitive for most of the game
For the most part, once you figure out how to get past the obstacles in certain levels, you'll know how to clear several more worlds. The same types of challenges pop up again and again, like knowing when to eat a fire enemy to melt past chunks of ice, or eating a flying enemy to close a gap that you can't normally jump across. Thankfully things start to change up once you get to the final levels that are more varied and challenging. Still, you might find yourself bored by the samey levels, especially if you're used to more complex games.
Con No online multiplayer
It's a shame that you can't connect online to play co-op. This would have been a nice feature for anyone who isn't able to get together with friends or family but still wants to play the game with other people. The devs so far have made no announcements about wanting to implement online multiplayer.