Kirby: Planet Robobot Review (3DS)

Kirby: Planet Robotot

Kirby’s newest adventure, Kirby: Planet Robobot, is Kirby’s return to platforming from the last spin-off title, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. HAL Laboratory did very well at bringing Kirby back to his platforming roots that the Kirby fans know and love. They also added a few new additions and boy, those new additions make this title a must play for kirby fans.

The game starts off with a mysterious company mechanizing Kirby’s entire planet and it’s up to Kirby to put a stop to it. The gameplay is similar to the previous installment in the series, Triple Deluxe, with a few additions. With the 20+ copy abilities already introduced in the series, Planet Robotbot introduces three more, Doctor (throw pills and make potions), Poison (throw balls of poison and make poison clouds), and ESP (teleport and control a ball of energy). Players are also given the ability to scan any of their amiibos to give Kirby a copy ability. Some amiibos give specific abilities related to the character the amiibo is based on (Splatoon amiibos, for example, always give poison). 

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Kirby’s new doctor ability in action

The main feature that Planet Robobot adds is the ability to control a mech which is more interesting compared to the previous game’s Hypernova ability. While in a mech, Kirby is able to do everything he normally does except float. Using copy abilities as a mech is very different compared to using it outside of a mech and each one can be very useful for certain levels and simple puzzles. Some of them even go well with the level design as well. For example, Using the Jet ability while in a mech turns the level into a Shoot ‘em up style while using the Wheel ability had me jumping from foreground to background as I speed through to collect a code cube in time. Unfortunately, you can’t use the mech for the entire level but there is a good balance between regular Kirby and mech Kirby in the level design.

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Speaking of level design, Planet Robot has amazing level design and it looks great using Triple Deluxe’s engine. Playing through the game’s six worlds in 3D is a must as the game uses the foreground and the background very well in every level (although the framerate does drop a bit at certain parts with it on). Warp stars and pipes will make you switch places while enemies can also switch sides or attack you from the opposite side. Boss battles make great use of the foreground level design as well. They can be a bit of a challenge but they’re exciting levels to play. That being said, the Final Boss Battle is amazing and is definitely something you wouldn’t really expect in a Kirby game.

It wouldn’t be a Kirby game without other modes that add re-playability and this game does that job well.

Kirby 3D Rumble is a fun mini-game with an interesting concept. The three levels in this mini game have multiple stages in them with the design adopting the isometric view from one of the cancelled gamecube Kirby titles. Your goal in every level is to take out enemies the ordinary Kirby way (no copy abilities) as fast as possible. Trophies are awarded to players based on their score and how long it took them to complete the level. The mini-game may feel very very short but you’ll definitely come back to beat your high score for sure.

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Kirby 3D Rumble

Team Kirby Clash is a multiplayer mini game where 4 players can team up through download play and/or local play to defeat some bosses together. Before players get into the battles, they’re told to select a role which are based on copy abilities in story modes but they act a bit more like an RPG class (example being the doctor ability is now a healer and the beam ability is similar to a mage class). This mini-game also has a single player mode with 3 A.I. partners and don’t worry, these A.I partners know the concept of teamwork for sure.

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Team Kirby Clash

These mini games are available from the start but when you beat story mode, you unlock 2 new sub-games that add to the game’s replayability.

Like some of the previous Kirby games, beating story mode will unlock The Arena. The objective is to beat every boss in the game with only one life and a few healing items available as you progress. Meta Knightmare Returns is basically a time attack version of story mode where you rush through mixed story mode levels with upgraded bosses playing as Meta Knight. Defeating enemies allow Meta Knight to use some of his four unique abilities. It’s a unique twist on story mode and players will find this mode very interesting

Kirby: Planet Robobot feels like an upgraded version of Kirby: Triple Deluxe and is definitely worth the purchase for Kirby fans and 3DS owners alike. The Kirby mech adds something new to the Kirby formula and the cool looking boss fights give the game an amazing presentation. Kirby: Planet Robobot is now available at retailers for the price of $39.99 USD/ $49.99 CAD.

I proudly award Kirby: Planet Robobot a 9.0/10

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Kirby: Planet Robobot Review (3DS)
Kirby: Planet Robobot feels like an upgraded version of Kirby: Triple Deluxe and is definitely worth the purchase for Kirby fans and 3DS owners alike. The Kirby mech adds something new to the Kirby formula and the cool looking boss fights give the game an amazing presentation. Kirby: Planet Robobot releases on June 10th for the price of $39.99 USD/ $49.99 CAD.
Pros
  • Level design is great
  • Lots of replayability
  • Wonderful final boss fight
Cons
  • A bit too short
  • Can be very easy at times
9Overall Score

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