Kirby, the pink vacuuming marshmallow, is back in another bite-sized adventure for the 3DS. For a while now it feels as though Nintendo and HAL laboratories are pumping out new Kirby games by the dozen. A new game comes out every other year with a few filler titles in-between, and that’s what Kirby’s Blowout Blast is, a filler title. Is it worth the cash and the download? That’s what I set out to find out.
Suck it in, Kirby
Kirby Planet Robobot was a good entry into the franchise, but one of the mini-games in game brought a smile to my face. The mini-game has now been expanded on and turned into a low-fat/ gluten free/ sugar-free version of a Kirby game, just like King Dedede’s Drum Dash and Kirby Fighters Deluxe released after Kirby Triple Deluxe. Blowout Blast is another attempt to cash in on the franchise, but at least the game is decent. In it you play the titular character as he sucks up multiple enemies and shoots them in a certain direction to defeat other enemies. Shooting multiple enemies with one blast earns you a higher score and increases your chain, which is pretty much the whole point to this game.
Breathe in, and spit it out
You start in a hub where you’ll be given access to one stage. Complete all the levels and the boss and you’ll move on to the next. It’s pretty standard platforming level selection, but we’re not exactly looking for innovation here. The entire game comprises of five stages with four to five levels each. Each level also comes with four specific goals: 1) Collect all the coins, 2) Defeat all enemies 3) Beat the speed time and 4) Don’t get hurt. If you complete all the goals and get a high score, you’ll earn a gold or platinum trophy for the level. If you have gold or higher for each level in the stage, you’ll unlock the EX version of the stage, which is much harder.
1) Collect all the coins, 2) Defeat all enemies 3) Beat the speed time and 4) Don’t get hurt.
Easy come, easy go
While at first it seems like there’s a lot of levels (just under 50, including all the EX levels) they are very easy to complete and you can dash through most of them in just over a minute. The EX levels do add the much needed difficulty, but by then you’re already a little tired of the repetitiveness of the levels and of the enemies. There’s a serious lack of enemy diversity, and considering this is from the Kirby franchise which has loads of enemies, I’m quite surprised. The base game, i.e., not including the EX levels, took me just over an hour to complete. In fact, my 3DS was dead when I downloaded the game. I downloaded and finished the base game while charging my 3DS and it wasn’t even fully charged by the time the credits rolled. I will admit that I enjoyed the ease as it’s something I can give to a child to play without having to assist too much when it comes to controls, so there are some benefits. Also, it’s perfectly suited for short bursts which is a godsend for keeping kids entertained on a short bus trip.
There’s a serious lack of enemy diversity, and considering this is from the Kirby franchise which has loads of enemies, I’m quite surprised. The base game, i.e., not including the EX levels, took me just over an hour to complete.
Watching Kirby from the top
One aspect of the game I really enjoyed was that the camera sort of moves from the standard side-scrolling angle to top-down in certain levels. The use of camera placement, especially with 3D activated, adds depth and richness to the game. Visually speaking, it’s still on par with the graphics found in most recent Kirby games, the same applies to the music and sound, which is never a disappointment.
While you’re not getting a full blown game out of Kirby’s Blowout Blast, you can still get a decent and fun game that will cost you about the same as a ticket and popcorn to see a movie at the cinema. I wouldn’t play the game with high expectations, but if you’re a Kirby fan or just someone looking for an easy platforming game, give this one a go.