I’ve actually been playing Kirby games since the days of the NES. The idea that you as a pink blob can suck up anything and anyone and then spit it out or absorb it is just fun. Still, I was always disappointed in the difficulty of the game, because it wasn’t very difficult. It’s going too far to say that Kirby and the Forgotten World gave me clammy hands, but by having just a bit more challenges and a larger scale, it actually came highly recommended on the Nintendo Switch.
The big difference between Kirby and the Forgotten World and the previous games in the series, is that you are finally presented with a 3D world. In the past, it was always a 2D experience, with the occasional 2.5D approach. This difference has made the game a lot larger in scale and also more fun to play. Here are the points I noticed while playing.
Kirby and the Forgotten World Review
A beautiful and varied world
One of the reasons I am a fan of the series is that it often uses cheerful colors. Kirby and the Forgotten World is a great example of this. The various worlds you find yourself in feature delightful color palettes. Especially when you own the Nintendo Switch OLED, the whole thing splashes nicely from the screen. An additional advantage is that there is a lot of variation in the levels you play through. This makes you want to keep moving forward and see what the game has in store for you.
It invites you to explore (Image: Nintendo)
Not as bizarrely easy as other games
As mentioned, Kirby and the Forgotten World is not a difficult game. But at least it is not as bizarrely easy as it was in the past. Especially when you want to find all the different unlocks in a level, you have to search. Defeating enemies is not too difficult, but there are certain platforming sections, where timing and positioning yourself properly are important. Still, it’s still a title that’s mostly suitable for the slightly younger gamers who have trouble getting through Super Mario Odyssey.
Some actual challenge here and there (Image: Nintendo)
Playing with forces
As in the previous games, in Kirby and the Forgotten World you have the ability to suck up enemies and then absorb their powers. And a new power often brings new abilities as well. For example, by spitting fire you can set objects on fire and destroy them, while with ice you turn enemies into ice cubes and you can pound them away. And by using a boomerang, you can grab objects that are at a distance. Each power is different and by using them well you can make progress.
Use different powers (Image: Nintendo)
Gobbling up large objects is fantastic
Kirby and the Forgotten World has received another new option. Namely, it is possible for Kirby to gobble up enormously large objects. Then you don’t take on the powers, but you transform into that large object. For example, at the beginning you have a car on which you try that and then you tear around in that vehicle. It provides a different kind of gameplay. Later in the game you learn a lot of other things to slurp up. For example, you turn into a big staircase or you have the ability to suck up a closet. By shaking it, you then make it fall over and secrets appear.
As a car (Image: Nintendo)
Lots of extra things to discover in Kirby and the Forgotten World
Kirby and the Forgotten World has a clear thread that you’ll go through. But there’s a lot more than that. The levels you play have different goals and you really have to look around carefully if you want to discover and unlock everything at once. In addition, there are several bonus levels that provide you with interesting challenges. As a whole, therefore, it really is a game to play for a long time on your Nintendo Switch.
Looking for all the secrets (Image: Nintendo)
Kirby and the Forgotten World is now available on the Nintendo Switch. Want to read more about everything that’s playing on the game console? Then visit our overview page here.