Published on March 13th, 2016 | by octaneblue0
Review: Yoshi’s Woolly World
Platforms(s): Wii U
Release Date(s): October 16, 2015
Ever since the release of the brilliant Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi has starred in several other games, all of which never quite reached the greatness of his first feature adventure. A few years ago, Nintendo announced that Yoshi would star in a spiritual successor to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, titled Yoshi’s Woolly World. The game features the same unique knitted style but uses many elements from the Yoshi’s Island games. Is Yoshi’s Woolly World a worthwhile adventure? Find out in my full review of Yoshi’s Woolly World!
On Craft Island, the numerous Yoshis are one day attacked by Kamek, who turns most of the residents into bundles of wool. Two of the Yoshis manage to hide and avoid getting transformed. It’s up to these two Yoshis to find their friends and defeat Kamek and the baddies to restore peace to the island.
While it may be the spiritual successor to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which was also developed by Good-Feel, Yoshi’s Woolly World primarily shares aesthetics and designs with the Kirby adventure. Gameplay-wise, it’s more similar to Yoshi’s Island, and those who have played that game will definitely notice the similarities and inspirations. Yoshi has many abilities he can use on his adventure, including the use of his tongue to grab onto enemies, turning enemies into Yarn Balls, which he can then throw at enemies and objects in the levels, and he can also flutter jump.
Each level possesses a distinguishing feature, much like in the Yoshi’s Island games. You’ll need to get from the starting point to the end goal. Beads are scattered throughout the level, which act as the game’s currency. The beads are used to purchase Badges, which are unlocked by going through the game. When equipped before a level, the Badges give Yoshi a new ability, such as a more powerful ground pound, immunity to fire, and the ability to immediately jump out of gaps and holes. And also like in Yoshi’s Island, there are some collectibles you can find along the way.
Each level has 20 Stamp Patches hidden amongst the beads. Collecting these will eventually unlock stamps that can be used in Miiverse posts. There are also 5 Wonder Wool bundles hidden in every level that will form into a Yarn Yoshi that has a special pattern. Each level has 5 Flowers to collect too, and collecting these will increase your chance at playing a bonus game after clearing a level. Finding all of the Flowers in a world unlocks an “S” level, which are some of the more difficult levels of the game. To fully 100% clear a level, you’ll also have to finish it with full health (20 Hearts). Now, 100% completion is totally optional, but for those that are completionists, getting 100% in every level can be on the tedious.
Two player co-op is featured in the game, and it’s about as fun as it was in Kirby’s Epic Yarn. However, the game can get a bit more difficult in co-op, since it seems like some levels were designed with single-player in mind. Some parts of the game are a bit easier in co-op, since you can turn your partner into a Yarn Ball and throw them to reach certain areas of a level. Multiple control options are available, including the Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote, Wii Classic Controller, and Wii U Pro Controller. You can also customize control schemes to your liking.
Yoshi’s Wii U adventure is actually surprisingly lengthy, especially if you’re going for 100% completion. My playthrough of the game took about 12 hours to fully complete. This time includes going through all of the game’s levels, finding all of the collectibles, and finishing the level with full health. Once you beat the game and collect everything, you’ll unlock a special level that includes elements from levels from each of the game’s worlds. Also upon completion of the game, you’ll unlock the Boss Tent, which is a mode that features fights against all of the bosses of the game. However, they are much faster this time around, and completing this mode unlocks new Yoshi patterns. In addition, you can also complete entries in the Scrapbook Theater, which features an enemy list (entries are added as you attack enemies with yarn balls) and a music test.
Yoshi’s Woolly World is one of Yoshi’s best adventures in recent years. Like Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s yarn adventure is throughly charming and fun to play, for the most part. It has good replay value, but finding everything can be tedious at times. If you’re looking for a fun 2D platformer for the Wii U, Yoshi’s Woolly World is recommended overall.
+ Fun and charming
+ Huge variety of differeny Yoshi patterns
+ Two player co-op
– Collecting everything can be a chore
– Some levels don’t play as well in co-op
Final Score: 4.25 out of 5