Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
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  1. Jan 20, 2011
    Ivy The Kiwi? is an immediate and fun platform - puzzle game. Many stages, and a good level of challenge.
  2. Jan 12, 2011
    Whether you have an hour to sit around and knock off 30 levels or just a few minutes between trains, Ivy will feel like a worthwhile purchase.
  3. Dec 23, 2010
    Look beyond the famous name, however, and Ivy the Kiwi? is a fresh, if limited, spin on the 2D platformer. If you're a leaderboard junkie, there's plenty of replay pleasure to be had as you chase down the best times for each level and find all the secrets.
  4. Oct 28, 2010
    Ivy the Kiwi? is a worthwhile additional to your DS library, but just don't expect a classic.
  5. Big kudos to Ivy the Kiwi for not killing the joy of discovery by overexplaining.
  6. Nintendo Power
    These mechanics are novel and feel great, but take some practice. [Oct 2010, p.89]
  7. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Perfect fare for public transport. [Oct 2010, p.86]
  8. Dec 23, 2010
    Like Yoshi Touch & Go, Ivy the Kiwi? is a nice little game you can treat yourself with like a snack. Not much to keep playing it though, since both the gameplay and content are too light for the long run.
  9. Dec 23, 2010
    Shortcomings aside, Ivy the Kiwi is a solid, above-average casual game that's likely to have platformer fans hooked, for a few hours at least.
  10. Dec 23, 2010
    It's not Sonic and it's not meant to be, but this dowdy little platformer puzzler is uncomplicated to a fault.
  11. games(TM)
    As a simple platformer, however, its interesting control scheme makes Ivy The Kiwi? a rather fun and unique game, just not a great one. [Issue#99, p.127]
  12. Practice makes perfect, though. When you get the hang of the vine system, neat control tricks develop, but the overall gameplay remains basic and boring for far too long.

Awards & Rankings

#43 Most Discussed DS Game of 2010
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 5, 2012
    This game will probably be overlooked far too much. I got it on a whim and have fallen in love with it. it has more charm and class than mostThis game will probably be overlooked far too much. I got it on a whim and have fallen in love with it. it has more charm and class than most games I've seen on any platform. Granted , the game mechanics are simplistic with only two moves needed to learn in the tutorial and those you already know. Think Mario VS Donkey Kong; March of the Minis, except use a Kiwi Bird instead of Mario and use vines (which you draw) for the transport method or direction. The levels can get complicated later on, however there are few obstacles to overcome, the game is about helping the Kiwi called Ivy find her mother... I know it sounds effeminate (girly) and the music is something very charming and straight out of a fairy tale (relaxing) You guide 'Ivy, the which by creating vines, much like in the latest Kirby game. You must direct the vies to avoid the spikes, holes and chicanes to get her to the pedestal. You can launch her with super speed by using the vines like a slingshot. I know I'm not doing this game justice, but do yourself a favor, for the price, the game is charming and very fun. get it. It hasbeen said that simplicity is the true hallmark of genius, if that's true, this game is pure genius, making much fun out of a very simple dynamic and goal. Full Review »