A Robotic Revolution
When Kirby: Triple Deluxe was released in 2014, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of creativity and charm went into the game. It definitely wasn’t perfect, but in my opinion it’s the best Kirby game to date…… or it was. Kirby: Planet Robobot is Kirby’s latest outing on the 3DS, and it somehow improves on everything Triple Deluxe did well, while managing to add new, fresh features to the Kirby formula that never got old. Kirby really has returned, and he’s better than ever.
A Charmingly Robotic Tale
Planet Robobot definitely doesn’t go out of its way to tell a deep story, however, it does go out of its way to be charming, adorable, and beautifully simplistic in style. It truly is a Kirby story, told in Kirby fashion, and I’d have it no other way. The game opens up with a cutscene to show the Haltmann Works Company slowly turning Dream Land into a mechanised hulk of a planet. Having defeated Meta Knight and King Dedede, Haltmann must and can only be stopped by Kirby. There is minimal story telling from there, one or two more cutscenes are present, along with some dialogue, but you don’t play a Kirby game for the story, no matter how charming it is, and in Robobot’s case, thank god for that.
Kirby: Planet Robobot might seem like it’s very similar to Triple Deluxe at first, and that’s because it is. You’ll run, jump, explore, and eat enemies in order to gain specific abilities. Speaking of which, new powers such as Poison and ESP Kirby are new, inventive, and incredibly fun to use, unfortunately the same can’t be said about Doctor Kirby. However, Planet Robobot proves it doesn’t need to rely on new powers in order to keep the formula fresh. Gone is Kirby’s Hypernova ability, which is now replaced by a giant mech that Kirby can use in certain levels.The mech can use certain powerups, and it definitely felt like there were more than enough to keep the mech fresh and fun to use whenever you encounter it. The one gripe I have with Robobot’s gameplay is that I found the main campaign very easy, but thankfully the same thing can’t be said about it’s other modes.Throughout each level, Kirby can find three code cubes hidden around the world, along with various stickers and collectibles. Once you collect all the code cubes in a world, an extra stage unlocks, making for plenty of incentive to collect them all up. Robobot’s boss fights are extremely entertaining, and are very well made. This carries over to The Arena where Kirby can fight all the bosses from the main story with whatever powerup you choose. It’s challenging, and rewarding, trust me, it’s worth doing. Robobot also features two other game modes, being Team Kirby Clash and Kirby 3D Rumble. Team Kirby Clash consists of four Kirby’s teaming up in an RPG like adventure, with different classes and familiar bosses to face. Kirby 3D Rumble drops Kirby into a 3D plane, where all he can do is suck enemies up and spit them out, in order to clear all the enemies in the stage. Meta Knightmare Returns is also unlocked once you complete the main story line, allowing you to play remixed stages as Meta Knight, which is incredibly fun.
A Mechanical Dream Land
Planet Robobot certainly doesn’t fail to run incredibly well on a technical level. Not once did I encounter any bugs or glitches (as expected from Nintendo) and the game runs phenomenally at a solid 60FPS the whole time. Robobot runs on the same engine as Triple Deluxe, but that’s no complaint, because it looks amazing. The mechanisation of Dream Land becomes more and more prominent as you travel through the various stages, and it’s really cool to see.
Kirby: Planet Robobot is in my honest opinion, the best Kirby game to date. It’s new, inventive, and incredibly charming. Although the main campaign might be easy, the game definitely doesn’t lack content that makes up for it. Robobot is simple, charming, and incredibly fun to play, if you’re a fan of Kirby, I can’t stress to you enough to pick this one up, and if you enjoyed Triple Deluxe, the same applies.
-Mech is fresh and new
-New powers are awesome
-Tons of content
-Main campaign is easy
Thanks for reading guys! Up next is Monster Hunter Generations, which wont be out till next month so it’ll be a bit quiet. I might still do an article on my thoughts for E3 though.