Virtual Console Review: Kirby’s Dreamland


Title: Kirby’s Dreamland

Genre: Platformer

System: Game Boy (Download on 3DS eShop)

Developer: HAL Laboratory

Publisher: Nintendo

I never really played much of the Kirby games to be honest, except for Kirby’s Epic Yarn which released in February this year. That game was pretty unique and very clever, and made me consider searching for the previous games in the Kirby series. So along came June 30th where Kirby’s Dreamland became available for download on the 3DS eShop, I had to purchase it. I needed to see how Kirby began.

Developed by HAL Labratory, Kirby’s Dreamland was released in 1992 for the Game Boy. It is the debut of Kirby and his very first game in the series. So, is Kirby’s debut worth it?

King Dedede, the games villain, has stolen all the food from the residents of Dreamland. What a greedy bugger! No fear, as Kirby who also lives in Dreamland, heads off on a mission to retrieve the food and put a stop to King Dedede. Along the way, Kirby must tackle a few enemies with his ability to gobble you up and spit you back out as if you put a hot chilli in your mouth. As well as inhalation, Kirby can also fly, walk and jump.  The gameplay is pretty fun and you’ll find yourself fighting various enemies throughout the platformers different stages. It’s simple fun, but for me its a bit too simple.

Kirby’s Dreamland is 19 years old, so visually its pretty basic. It does however look nice and crisp on the 3DS screen, but, what more do you want, it was released in 1992 after all. The enemies are large and easy to distinguish, and the different stages stand out nicely from each other. The environments in Kirby’s Dreamland are lively, bright and cheerful, and its an awful shame that this game wasn’t in colour as it would be incredibly beautiful.

The music is fittingly cheery and pleasurable to the ears, so no need to turn the sound off. King Dedede’s theme at the end of the game has great energy, to me it almost feels like it is a modern day techno track!

Just like Super Mario Land, Kirby’s Dreamland is pretty short, and can be completed in under an hour. Don’t let that stop you from purchasing it though, the game is a delight to play through, and it shows us Kirby’s character and how much he has evolved since then. The game gets a 6/10 from me.

Quick-Fire Review: A cheery and delightful title, you will not be dissapointed by the gameplay. But enjoy while it lasts because it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

Download it now for £3.60/€4 right now from the 3DS eShop.

Second  opinion:

Wes – This classic, cheeky chappy’s Gameboy adventure is fun while it lasts and is worth a go for the Nintendo nostalgia if nothing else. Brilliant animation, fun if a little annoying music  and some varied boss battles add a little bit of weight behind an otherwise easy platform game. 7/10

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