What happens when you take the concept of a Kirby game, and then take out the things, aside from the characters that make it a Kirby game? This.
Kirby's Epic Yarn is a game for Wii in which you control Kirby (or Prince Fluff if you're player 2) and attempt to make it from point A to Point B. You run, jump, collect, and kill enemies along the way. Sounds like you're average platformer. However, throw in the fact that you cannot die (it is literally impossible) and add in the it's a Kirby game and you can't even suck up enemies. Now what's it sound like? Oh, I see a hand! This guy up front says "A pile a garbage" and he's absolutely correct!
the graphics in this game are actually pretty gorgeous. Everything in the game is made up of yarn or patches, and it looks incredible. In fact, it looks like REAL patchwork. This is beautiful and charming, rivaled only by the visual charm created by Paper Mario. But looks can be deceiving...
The controls are simple. You hold the wii remote on its side, and sue the directional pad to move kirby. The 2 button jumps, and the 1 button attacks with a string a yarn. The yarn is also used to swing, unzip, and all manner of other things as you traverse the level in search of beads. Speaking of beads, the whole object of the game is to collect as many as you can throughout the level. If you fall into a pit or get harmed by an enemy, you simply lose beads. This might not have been so bad if it had been like Sonic for the SEGA Genesis, but it is not. If you are harmed while you have no beads...well, nothing. You just get knocked back a little. This is the games biggest fault. There is almost no challenge at all aside from trying to get high scores on boss fights. In fact, why even have boss fights if they can only lower your score without defeating you?
The story involves some magic yarn, and Kirby being sucked into Prince Fluff's kingdom and having to restore all the words by reconnecting them using the yarn. It's a pretty uninteresting story, and even more so because you don't actually care about any of the kingdom's inhabitants. The music is all kirby though. Every tune in the game is either catchy, relaxing, or enjoyable in some form or fashion. The music is fun, and in Kirby games, it always has been.
Kirby's Epic Yarn is not only a terrible Kirby Game, it's a horrible platformer. The lack of any real challenge might make it an ideal game for children, but even young and fledgeling gamers are likely to grow bored. It's a shame, because the game is truly beautiful.