Kirby's Epic Yarn - quick play preview

Kirby hasn't seen the light of day on a console for your TV since the N64, so what can a long rest and a new platform, the Nintendo Wii, bring to the mix? We grabbed some hands on time at this year's E3 to find out whether this is one to have on your Santa wish list in time for Christmas. Read on to find out.

Name

Kirby's Epic Yarn

What platform is it on?

Nintendo Wii

When's it due out?

Autumn 2010

What other game is it like?

Mario, any other platform game you've played

Does it use any new tech like 3D, PlayStation Move, or Kinect for Xbox 360?

Nope

The pitch

Kirby’s first console platform game since the Nintendo 64 days introduces an amazing new look, based on animated yarn and a world of cloth and textiles. The creative approach is woven directly into the game play and allows the ever-morphing Kirby to take on a variety of new forms. It’s a one-of-a-kind platformer that lets players explore high and low for hidden objects and fun adventure.

The storyline

We aren’t sure. Nintendo has stayed coy on this one and we weren't treated to any cutscenes to set the scene. Knowing Nintendo, it will involve saving someone from someone else that isn’t a very nice person/animal/monster/would-be-king.

Our first impressions

Kirby's Epic Yarn, put simply, is very cute. It's all about balls of yarn and that follows through in the graphics with Kirby able to change into different things thanks to the fact that he is, after all, just a piece of wool.

That means Kirby becomes a parachute when he falls from a high element in the game, a fish for swimming, a heavy weight for bashing through things with the yarn changing beautifully as all this happens.

But it's not just Kirby that changes (although it's fun to watch him kill enemies, unravelling himself to unravel them) the entire environment also alters, as it is made of textiles like jeans and felt and that flexes and moves when Kirby steps on them or behind them.

As we've said, it's simple fare, no it really is, but if you like your 2D platform titles then this will keep the kids (mainly the girls) happy.

Multiplayer is supported (for two players) and when playing with two characters you can help each other to reach platforms and separate areas by picking each other up and throwing each other to reach or knock out the enemies.

We especially liked the fact that pulling on stray threads revealed hidden areas for us to explore further.

You see, not everything has to be about killing and driving fast.

Please note

The E3 games convention is a fantastic chance to see the latest games due out over the coming year, as well as, letting us get a glimpse into what is going to be the big titles and the ones to avoid like the plague.

The big problem however is that for most of the titles that glimpse is, well, just that. At the show you'll get to play a level here or a multiplayer map there.

So with that in mind we present you with our Quick Play.

What we've done is broken down the key facts you need to know and then given you our first impressions based on around 15 minutes of gaming. For us that 15 minutes isn't enough to do a First Look review. How can you rate a game that offers over 30 hours of gaming on just 15 minutes of play? However it should hopefully give you an idea, a feeling, a notion, of what to expect come launch day.