BIG MOUTHS have a bad reputation, but insatiable blob Kirby says a lot without saying a word.
Intentionally forgotten mascot doesn’t have the cachet of a Mario or Link, but its upbeat and distinctive gameplay has long been awaited for that extra dimension that could make it a star. Forgotten Land is just that opportunity, expanding from 2D to 3D while happily expanding its signature copy-and-paste capabilities.
The result is a riotous platformer that works tirelessly to put a smile on your face. Slightly incongruously set in a series of ruined levels – an abandoned mall, a ruined amusement park – this has got to be the lightest-hearted post-apocalypse adventure yet.
Kirby has always been a chameleon, and here he takes his adaptability to a new level. As usual, he can breathe in enemies to absorb their abilities – spit fire, hurl disks, expel spikes, expel ice. Now he can also stretch his massive Gob around inanimate objects like a car, vending machine and wind machine. Each gives him new powers to rampage around the world in different ways.
Forgotten Land’s minor Achilles heel is that it tends to dictate where and when Kirby can use these special abilities, limiting scope to specific areas where they become tools for solving specific puzzles. Likewise, there’s the freedom to experiment with your choice of absorbed abilities – and stick with a favorite. However, many stages – like the mildly challenging but still resourceful boss fights – practically require the use of long-range weapons rather than some of the other melee options.
Nonetheless, Kirby rarely faces an insurmountable array of enemies, with an emphasis on gentle exploration rather than Elden Ring difficulties. It’s made even easier with co-op options that further reduce the challenge.
The more attentive reader will have discovered echoes of the incomparable Super Mario Odyssey here. But while Forgotten Land’s dizzying invention can’t match the plumber’s prime, Kirby does her best.
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