Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Nintendo - Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush
Nintendo's new game Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (Wii U) is just way too cute! It's the first time we have played a video game with clay animation graphics, and we found it really refreshing! The classic platform game features a unique control method as well, adding a fun twist to the game play. Read on to find out more about the game!
Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (Pegi 3, Nintendo Wii U, RRP £34.99) is the first Nintendo Wii U Kirby adventure game (long awaited too!). The game can be played with up to 4 players (Kirby with Wii U Gamepad, and up to 3 Waddle Dees with Wii remote controllers), and it works with Nintendo's amiibo figurines (Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight) as well.
Claycia has stolen all the colours in Dream Land, but the Rainbow Paintbrush Elline managed to save Kirby and Waddle Dee. They've agreed to go on an adventure with Elline to save Dream Land by getting all the colours back.
Instead of using the usual control to move the characters up and down the platforms, the main player will use the Stylus pen to draw rainbow ropes on the Gamepad to guide Kirby and the Waddle Dees around. By double tapping on Kirby, he will go on turbo mode and dash through walls and enemies, and tapping and holding on to him after collecting 100 stars will turn him into a bigger Kirby, making him even more powerful! Kirby can also change into different vehicles at certain stages (the beauty of being a clay character!)
Other players can drop in and out of the game any time as Waddle Dees, and they can also walk on the rainbow rope, collect stars and use weapons on the enemies. They can pick up Kirby when needed, and they are the only one that can fight off the Grab Hands (they appear during multiplayer mode) who tries to grab Kirby!
Stages get trickier as they should be, and you'll find that the rainbow rope doesn't work in colourless areas, so some good problem solving is definitely needed.
There are of course bonus minigames too, where the player will have to grab the treasure within a limited time.
What I like about Nintendo's platform games is that there are a lot of hidden goodies. You get hidden bonus levels in Super Mario Bros games, and treasure chests in Kirby! We didn't know at first but Abby managed to tap on a hidden treasure chest and collected a Kirby figurine to start her collection! You can also collect secret diary pages for the full story, and Kirby's music tracks from all the Kirby adventures there was and is. There are also useful items around the maps, including ink bottles to recharge the ink to draw the rainbow ropes (yes, you will run out of ink and it requires charging up, so use wisely!), so don't forget to look and click around!
(For more information on game play (with videos), visit Nintendo UK's official Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush site).
As mentioned above, we found the game play really refreshing. The Wii U Gamepad really opened up a lot of different ways of playing, and also made it possible to add more complicated/ flexible designs to each level. I like it that Nintendo is exploring different graphics, and there is more of that to come too (keep an eye on my blog for it!). Games aren't coming in just Hi-definition or Retro pixels kind of graphics anymore.
The game is rated Pegi 3, and it certainly is attractive to the younger children. They will still need older children or adults to help them with problem solving, but since it's possible to play with others, that's not really going to affect them enjoying the game.
As Kirby can't fight Grab Hands (he's absolutely hopeless against them!), he relies heavily on the Waddle Dees to save him, which encourage team work. With children at that age learning about sharing, it's a welcoming skill to learn through play.
A big thumbs up from us! This half term we will be playing more of Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush for sure!