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Kirby and The Forgotten Land Review – One of Switch’s best platformers is just too easy

Kirby is back, this time in a post-apocalyptic 3D environment. While The Forgotten Land won’t challenge players very much, it remains an excellent platformer that sits alongside some of the Switch’s best.

Kirby and The Forgotten Land, or “The Last of Kirby” as many call it, is incredibly refreshing after Elden Ring’s sinister castles or Ghostwire: Tokyo’s neon-lit streets.

Kirby’s full 3D debut is a colorful romp that feels as good as a story about being transported through a spooky portal into a post-apocalyptic world can get, and that makes it a breath of fresh air in the gaming lineup of 2022.

It certainly lacks challenge, but it feels like Kirby has finally come of age in one of the Switch’s best 3D platformers.


Kirby & The Forgotten Land Key Details

  • price: $59.99/£49.99
  • developer: HAL laboratory
  • release date: March 25, 2022
  • platforms: Nintendo Switch

Kirby and the Forgotten Land Trailer


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Screenshot of Kirby and the Forgotten Lands exploration
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It can feel harrowing to see Kirby wandering through a mall

As mentioned above, Kirby’s day is ruined after he is thrown through a whirlpool in the sky and ends up in the New World (no, not this one).

In this more contemporary setting, the lovable pink blob must track down captive Waddle-Dees, which are taken by the almost annoyingly cute residents, who range from corgis like awoofis to ice-slinging chillys.

As you might have guessed, it does so through classic 3D platforming combined with Kirby’s ability to swallow enemies to gain her abilities. Whether it’s throwing fireballs or throwing explosives, Kirby’s path of destruction knows no bounds.

His excursion into three-dimensionality also underscores the excellence feel of platforming. Running and jumping feel responsive, while attacks are accompanied by the same “wet wipe” sound effects you get from Super Smash Bros.

If you’re skipping a jump or stepping off a ledge, Kirby’s ability to levitate ensures recovery is all but guaranteed in most scenarios.

A bit like a sip

Kirby and the Forgotten Land Auto Gulp
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Karby has already become legendary, but there are even weirder “bite modes” to be found

While Kirby is no stranger to new mechanics, the big new addition to Forgotten Land is Mouthful mode. Allowing Kirby to “eat” larger objects and take on their properties – it starts with the now infamous Karby vehicle and gets weirder from there, including a staircase that can crush enemies by falling over.

These mouthy options don’t overstep their welcome, instead feeling like fun new mechanics that often lead to mystery. For example, the Traffic Cone transformation can pierce water pipes or burrow into weakened ground spots, while Kirby transforms into a vending machine, capable of flattening enemies, firing soda cans and revealing hidden signs to point you in the right direction.

While many secret areas are subtly signposted, some are definitely harder to spot than others. A small crack in a wall can sometimes be all the information you need, but Kirby and the Lost Land also plays with perspective, making every nook and cranny worth exploring.

Kirby and the Gorimondo boss fight in the forgotten land
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The early boss fight with Gorimondo is fun because of its flexibility

Between the jump’n’run escapades, you’ll also face off against members of the Beast Pack in short but exciting boss battles. Each boss has a hefty health bar, but the game encourages experimentation in some cases, offering a few different abilities to take into battle or the option to go without. None of them are remembered for very long, but it’s a fun way to break up the search for Waddle Dees.

There are also fun challenge areas in Waddle Dee Town with mini-games based on earned skills, ranging from timed platform challenges to target shooting.

Kirby is missing teeth

Screenshot of the Kirby and the Forgotten Land minigame.
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Minigames are fun and where you will find the most challenge.

Kirby and The Forgotten Land is the kind of title that goes out of its way to surprise and please gamers, and it always feels like Kirby has a new trick to show. The whole game is exhilarating; whether it’s the little dance Kirby and the Waddle Dees perform when he finds them, or the way he wraps an entire car and just blinks in amazement at his own abilities.

It’s an extremely friendly platformer, but the biggest problem is the challenge. Even in the game’s “Wild Mode” it felt a bit too easy, while the alternate “Spring-Breeze Mode” increases Kirby’s health and makes combat even easier. That’s not a bad thing and undoubtedly makes Kirby and The Forgotten Land an ideal platformer for younger players, but it’s something to consider if you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into.

8.5/10

I haven’t played a platformer that puts a smile on my face so consistently since Super Mario Odyssey. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is adorable, raw fun, whether it’s the subtle animations of the adorable pink protagonist himself or the lush environments, there’s an attention to detail that makes Kirby and the Forgotten Land a must-read.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the sort of game we need more of in these strange times, and it’s a welcome treat after so many more serious games.

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Emma Bowman

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