Two very enjoyable mini-games from the brilliant Kirby Triple Deluxe has been given new life in a game of their own. I’ve already covered Kirby Fighter Deluxe in my previous review and now it’s time to assess the second and more unique mini-game, King Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe.
I’m a sucker for a good beat and when I played Kirby Triple Deluxe last year, I was truly blown away with the mini-games, especially King Dedede’s Drum Dash. It was unique, fun, addictive and oh so easy on the ears. You play the titular character King Dedede as he hops, skips and jumps through a level filled with collectable coins, malicious enemies and dastardly dangerous obstacles. The aim of the game is bounce the King through each level by moving him onto drums, which springs him into the air.
The entire level is meant to be musical feast and it works wonderfully, especially if you manage to perfect the “backbeat”.
Up to four targets (or achievements if you will) can be awarded depending on certain criteria: beating the level with a certain amount of time left, not getting hurt, collecting all the coins and performing a perfect backbeat. The first three are self-explanatory, so I’ll just explain the final point. When you’re bouncing between drums, you’ll reach your high point, at that point you need to press the action button (i.e., A button) and King Dedede will tap his tambourine. If you do it just out of time, you’ll get a good, if timed perfectly, you’ll get a great. You’ll need to do this with every jump – like every jump – to get the award. To date it’s the only one I struggle with.
Gameplay wise it’s very simple but can become a little difficult, especially when you try to remember to do the backbeat, dodge enemies and land on a tiny drum. Other than moving the king left and right, you need to master the jump system, which isn’t that difficult. The standard jump is done automatically. Tap the A button just as he lands after a standard jump and he’ll do a high jump. Do the same as he’s landing from a high jump and he’ll do a super jump.
It’s not overly difficult, but a few levels did get to me, especially the final FINAL level. The game itself if very short – you’re looking at about an hour to maybe two hours worth of content. Perfecting it will take some additional tries, but it really won’t take you long to finish. There are officially 14 levels though seven of them are considered bonus levels. Each level averages at about 3 minutes, and depending on your skill, you could ace a level in two tries.
Other than that, there’s no additional features, MP, or much replay value. It’s loads of fun, but it is lacking in content. I love what is on offer, I just wish there was more of it. I will still play this game from time to time, as it is my preferred game of the two, but I’m not so sure others will be able to justify the price of the game vs. the content. Just like Kirby Fighters, this one also has a few bonuses for KTD players, but it’s nowhere near as impressive – you’ll unlock three masks for King Dedede to wear (Big Whoop).
King Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe may be a short experience but it’s fun one and comes with no technical issues, no updates, no store purchases – all you have to do is download the game and play. You certainly won’t be playing for hours on end, but it’s never boring and has life as a game to play when your brain is tired or you’re waiting for the kettle to boil (Ed – Or for Eskom to turn the lights back on). It’s also simple and joyful enough for the kiddies to enjoy.