Kirby's Epic Yarn was released in 2010 for the Nintendo Wii. It was the first Kirby plaformer released on a home console since Kirby 64 in the year 2000. The game was developed by Good-Feel, who previously made Wario Land: Shake It!, also for the Wii.
The plot of Kirby's Epic Yarn starts off with none other than the pink puffball himself. He's out for a stroll one day when he happens upon a juicy-looking tomato. Being an ever-hungry omnivore, Kirby swallows the tomato in a single gulp! However, it quickly turns out that this was no ordinary tomato. In fact, the tomato was a special Metamato owned by none other than the evil sorcerer Yin-Yarn! Yin-Yarn, angered by Kirby eating his magical tomato, uses his magical sock to banish Kirby to another realm.
Yin-Yarn's wizardry ends up sending Kirby to Patch Land, a world made entirely out of fabric. So much so, in fact, that Kirby even got turned into Yarn version of himself! Because of this, Kirby finds that he can no longer use his trademark sucking and floating maneuvers. However, thanks to the power of the Metamato Kirby now has the new-found ability to transform himself into all kinds of objects. Whoa! Kirby immediately puts this ability to good use when he comes across a fellow yarn person in need of help. Kirby saves him and they speed off together!
The yarn boy turns out to be Prince Fluff, the leader(?) of Patch Land! Prince Fluff reveals to Kirby that Yin-Yarn is responsible for tearing Patch Land apart at the seams and letting hordes of monsters loose into the once peaceful world. Prince Fluff is in a hurry to find the seven pieces of Magic Yarn that stitch Patch Land back together. Of course, Kirby is more than willing to help his new buddy out. Together, they go on an adventure to save Patch Land from the clutches of the evil Yin-Yarn!
Kirby's Epic Yarn is quite a departure from the Kirby platformer norm. Kirby can't suck up enemies, can't swallow them to gain powers and also can't float to his heart's content. Instead, Kirby can only jump normally and gets a yarn whip to attack enemies and grab objects. On top of that, the power of the Metamato gives Kirby access to all kinds of neat transformations. He can turn into a car to go fast, he can turn into a parachute to float down safely and he can turn into a weight to crush blocks and enemies. Believe it or not, that's not even all of them!
Being that this is a game made with a young/casual audience in mind, Kirby cannot die in Kirby's Epic Yarn. When he gets hit by an enemy or falls down a pit, he loses some of the beads he has collected in the level so far. When he gets down to zero beads, nothing happens when Kirby gets hurt except for a little bit of knockback. There's no pressure when playing Kirby's Epic Yarn; just good times.
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Wario Land: Shake It! (made by the same developer)