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Let’s Take A Look At Kirby’s Star Stacker

The puzzler set to hit the eShop in Europe this week features everyone’s favourite pink ball of fun!

It’s looking likely that the GameBoy version of puzzle game Kirby’s Star Stacker is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop this week in Europe. Kirby, the star-surfing little pink blob we know and love, takes his iconic world into the puzzling scene in this classic GameBoy title.

GameBoy Box Art

Stack ’em high, Kirby!

The 1997 puzzle game features the classic mechanic of showing players a small playspace into which various blocks fall, similar to Tetris. This time, however, the idea is to capture the stars that fall from above by sandwiching them between Kirby’s friends, such as Rick the hamster. For example, if you had two stars sitting side by side at the bottom of the screen, dropping a Rick block on either side would form a connection, causing both the Ricks and the stars to vanish.

There are other varieties of ‘friend’ blocks that can break the connection, meaning there’s a rather unique way of playing the game that’s not like other puzzlers of this kind you may have experienced.

As is par for the course in a Kirby game, Star Stacker is littered with that classic, simplistic Kirby charm. The pink ball of cheerfulness himself waves at you from the title screen, the game kicks off with a friendly tutorial (with Kirby himself wielding a teacher’s baton for pointing, of course), and the music is a merry range of beeps and bloops.

Like all great games, it relies on a simplistic mechanic and plays with it. Complications like Dedede’s Fist or Bomb Blocks can tumble into play, but the game itself only ends when the central portion of the screen is filled. The left and right areas can be stacked right to the top of the screen, but fill up the central area and it’s game over!

King Dedede himself will set a target number of stars at the beginning of each round. Clear them, and victory is yours; fail, and Dedede laughs at you.

Kirby’s Star Stacker looks to be another forgotten classic taking its rightful place on the eShop. Simple addictive puzzle games are rarer than they ought to be on the 3DS, so it’s a welcome addition indeed.

Besides, everyone loves Kirby!

By on 27 August 2012
Salubriously silly indie-novelist Tony likes Nintendo, doodling cartoons and various rambunctious shenanigans. His handheld of choice is the Cosmo Black 3DS, he tweets nonsense over on @HeyTonyOfficial, and a Norwich coffee shop has named a sandwich after him.

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  1. Jonathan says:

    Wish Nintendo could develop an original Kirby game for the 3DS (it’s funny to get old classics though, but sometimes you want something original).

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