Our pal Kit writes and reviews stuff sometimes! This is one of those times.
So… Incredibly… Cute…
Lately I’ve been keeping myself busy with Yoshi’s Woolly World. I played the earlier Yoshi games when I was younger and thought it’d be fun to give the latest one a crack. I mean who wouldn’t want to be a green dinosaur that consumes nearly every living being in its path, digest them and then throws the waste product at its enemies? Oh, and it can also defy gravity, transform into vehicles, a giant Godzilla-like version of itself and there’s two of them at any one time in this game. Yeah, Yoshi sounds pretty terrifying on paper, but this is still very much a family game, aimed at everyone from kids to their parents, and even nostalgic 20-somethings happy to run around a bright and colourful world to take a break from the gritty realism or hyper violence that so many games offer (yes, this is me, still a 20-something for two more years and desperately trying to ignore the passage of time!).
Anyway, I’ll run through this review in the same way I have other games before! I won’t be including things like plot as I’m still just a couple of worlds in so can’t judge on that front.
Packaging/Design: This really sets the tone for the game, it’s bright and colourful and oh so damn cute. Get used to that word; it’ll appear a lot in the rest of this review. I picked the special edition with a woolly Amiibo. The game looks fun, but there’s nothing truly outstanding about this I’d argue, it wasn’t a box I thought was worth keeping. 7/10.
Woolly Amiibo: This, I like. I have a couple of the normal plastic Amiibos and I love what they’ve done with this woolly one. It’s basically a little soft toy, it added £10 to the cost of the game for the special edition, considering most Amiibos are £11+ I’d call that a pretty good deal. There is no base to the Amiibo and the data chip is in its butt. It works perfectly well with other games such as Smash Bros. as well and in this game gives a single player a duplicate helper who runs around after them, so if you’re a single child or have no friends you get to pretend you have your very own sibling or best buddy now! 8/10.
Graphics: Cute. So. Damn. Cute. The game starts with an image of Yoshi and Poochie the dog holding hands. EVERYTHING is yarn… and cute… yeah… this will either make you love or hate the game I think, some people are put off by the cute graphics, they are clearly designed to engage kids more than anything, but as an adult I still kinda like them. They do lose a couple of marks though as some people won’t pick the game up thanks to its overly cutsie feel. 8.5/10.
Sound: Cute sounds too, songs that blend into the background as such but seem to be stuck in your head hours later, they’re fine but nothing special. 7.5/10.
Gameplay: There are a few things to take into account here, as this is a two player game I’ve been playing this game with my (much) better half, who’s still fairly new to video games and hasn’t played a platformer like this before.
I picked the game up very easily, I’ve completed the previous Yoshi games so this wasn’t much new to get the hang of, I find it fun and I like the fact there is a more challenging element to the game. True, you can run through the levels in five minutes, you can’t really die as you have infinite lives and literally a kid with some practice could do this. But, if you want to pick up everything on the way, all the hidden bits it’s a bit harder, so far it’s still fairly easy to do, but I can see this being tricky in later levels. When I asked her how she found it, she said it did take her a little while to get used to if you have zero experience with this sort of game, but she’s picked it up and enjoys playing it.
I’ve also given this game a go in its one player form. Same levels and challenges, but if you scan a Yoshi Amiibo you get a buddy! He stands behind you and you control both at once, press right they both go right, jump and they both jump. I like this mechanic, it takes a moment to get used to and it’s easy to get one of them hurt or killed by accident sometimes, but it gives you an interesting way to solve puzzles and be in two places at once.
Still, once I’m done with this game I’m not sure it’ll have much replay value and I don’t see it as something everyone will engage with. 8/10.
If you want a cute, fun game this is pretty much perfect.