Wyatt and I recently finished playing Kirby Star Allies on the Nintendo Switch. Per standard Kirby game mechanics, Kirby has the ability to steal enemies powers. In Star Allies, Kirby goes a step further and becomes a thrower of hearts. Throw a pink heart at an enemy and they become your friend/party member, for life.
So here are Wyatt and I, adventuring across the HD candy-coated world of Kirby. We are the buddies of co-op. The ultimate father and son duo to take on the evils of Dreamland.
“Wyatt, slow down.”
“Wyatt, we just missed a puzzle piece.”
“Wyatt, why did you just die? How could you have done that?”
A chunk of our playtime consisted of Wyatt mixing powers, trying to see what Kirby powers he could create. This power mixing killed the flow of gameplay and DROVE ME NUTS!
How Kirby Power Mixing Works:
Let’s say Kirby steals the powers of a warrior. Now the pink puffball has a sword. If you have a party member that has ice, fire, or lightning powers, you can call them over to buff your sword. Your standard sword is now the Ice Sword of Doom or the Fire Ball Slicer from Heaven. In Kirby Star Allies, friendship is all about the perks.
Kirby Star Allies
must be about driving your dad crazy.
It wasn’t until I started listening to myself speak to my son that I noticed I was freaking out.
So I adjusted my tone.
I listened to myself get upset over missing secret doors and passing up on puzzle pieces.
So I changed my expectations.
We started having fun.
Snow levels became a chance to sing terrible Frozen “Let It Go” parodies.
Running past puzzle pieces were a moment to become super silly and let things go.
Kirby Star Allies was a $60 reminder of what co-op gaming with my son looks like. A reminder that I need to chill, play, and allow myself to have fun.
Thank you, Kirby, for the gentle reminder.
4/5 – A perfect game to co-op with someone you love.
Title: Kirby Star Allies
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Reviews on: Nintendo Switch