Kirby’s Blowout Blast Review

Kirby’s Blowout Blast continues a recent trend in which bonus mini-games from Kirby games have been getting standalone versions. We saw it with Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe being spun out from Kirby Triple Deluxe, and now it’s Kirby: Planet Robobot‘s turn, as the free-to-play Team Kirby Clash Deluxe has now been followed by Kirby’s Blowout Blast. This is a more fleshed out version of the criminally short Kirby 3D Rumble mini-game, but now that we have more of a chance to explore the concept, does it work?

While it has no plot, Kirby’s Blowout Blast can be seen as a sort of remake of Kirby’s Dreamland. Mechanically it has the same basic gameplay that was found in Kirby’s first game, so there’s no copy abilities, but the twist is that the world can be navigated in 3D. This makes spitting out enemies to attack for higher scores more challenging, even with a little arrow showing you which direction he will spit them out.

Since this is based on the mini-game found in Kirby: Planet Robobot, there is no deviation from the visual style used, which is clean and colourful, but ultimately nothing to get excited about. With the 3DS coming to the end of its lifespan, it’s nice to see a game that runs at a consistently high frame rate without compromising on visual style, but the worlds look a little barren given the camera angles used.

In a time when the 3DS’ 3D effects have taken the back seat, it’s odd that so much effort has been made for a game such as Kirby’s Blowout Blast’s 3D effects. It genuinely looks decent in 2D, but switching on the 3D makes so much more sense and gives the game a sense of depth not found otherwise. It’s a shame that 3D hasn’t been utilised well on the platform as a whole, but it’s good to see that the effort is being made all the same.

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As Kirby 3D Rumble was only three brief levels, the whole thing could be completed within half an hour very easily. Kirby’s Blowout Blast is longer than this, but only in the sense that the game initially has five worlds, each consisting of three or four levels that are over within a minute or two. The idea of each level is to build up combos using Kirby’s signature abilities to hit as many enemies as possible.

You are rewarded after completing each stage with bonus points depending on how fast you ran through it, if you collected all the coins, killed all the enemies, and avoided taking damage. Gold ranking or higher is generally quite easy to come by, but as soon as you achieve that for each level in a world you can unlock EX versions of the same worlds, thus doubling the game’s size. Getting gold or higher in all worlds unlocks the Special Path, which is a gauntlet of short levels culminating in a boss battle.

After the very easy bosses in Kirby 3D Rumble, you will find more of a challenge here, as they are 3D versions of Lololo and Lalala, Kracko, and King Dedede. These are still pretty easy to beat, however there are more that appear during the EX levels and Special Path that up the ante a little bit. It’s not impossible per-se, but they are by far the most difficult part of the whole game.

As far as extras go, aside from the Special Path and EX stages, you’ll only be able to extract cosmetic stuff for the hub world from Kirby themed Amiibo. As I don’t own Kirby Amiibo, I was unable to see exactly what they were, though I did also obtain cosmetic items for owning Kirby: Planet Robobot. Overall there’s not a great deal to unlock.

What’s Good:

  • Converting Kirby to a 3D game works
  • Good use of 3D effect
  • Decent-ish value

What’s Bad:

  • Could have done with more unlockable content
  • Short for those uninterested in high scores
  • Easy bosses for the most-part

For around £6.29 or your regional equivalent, Kirby’s Blowout Blast is a surprisingly packed game for the price. Sure it won’t take long to blitz through the five worlds that first time, but the real appeal is in trying to get as high a score as possible and achieve those ranks. If you’re just looking for a short game that’s fun with a slightly novel concept for the platform, then Kirby’s Blowout Blast is certainly a better proposition than the free-to-play Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.

Score: 7/10