i finally finished kirby’s dream land 2. i haven’t really come across many negative comments about it, but i found it to be mostly tedious. i’d played a bit of kirby’s adventure on the NES a while back, and from what i remember i enjoyed it, but this game was just too mind-numbingly easy. the levels were fairly well constructed, but the vast majority of them required practically no effort other than holding down the right button and jumping every once in a while. there were def. some worthwhile challenges near the end, including a pretty rad boss fight at the very end, but it was a case of too little too late. the game def. gets points for style (inc. a great trio of animals in the supporting cast), but along with the easiness, one of the other gripes i had about it was that the few “puzzles” near the end were of the arbitrary kind where they don’t really require any logic, just too much time spent on endless trial and error (e.g. finding the last rainbow drop on level 7-7). other games do this as well (eternal darkness, i’m looking at you yet again) and to me it’s a sure sign of poor design. compare those to the puzzles in the zelda games, which are clearly presented but still challenging. i finished at 100% though, which was nice. does anyone out there know what happens if you get perfect in the post-game win bonus mode or completely through the boss mode? i’m sure someone out there knows.
i happened to get the original kirby’s dream land at the same time, but apparently it’s short and you don’t even copy enemies’ abilities in that one. i’ll prob. hold off on that one and go back to the NES or SNES game first (eventually!).
two links fer ya:
– awesome site devoted to the game including screenshots of all the powers, the instruction manual, music, and enemies. i love the names of these enemies. “scarfy”, “sir kibble”, “squishy” haha. i also like their description of crack tweet: “This little chick is cute and is hatched from an egg. Unfortunately he’s not on Kirby’s side.” haha. i think it’s unfair of nintendo to make the enemies so cute.
– FAQ at ign