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  • Summary: (Also known as "Touch! Kirby's Magic Paintbrush") Kirby: Canvas Curse delivers classic Kirby action with a fun twist. Using the stylus to control Kirby's movements is surprisingly intuitive, and the new control scheme provides many unique gameplay challenges. The rainbow paths you draw guide Kirby through the game, but they also can protect Kirby from falling icicles, lasers, cannon blasts and other hazards. In addition to drawing paths, the stylus can also be used to stun enemies, destroy barriers, detonate bombs and much more. Each of the game's seven worlds is divided into three stages, and each stage holds three hidden medals. Some are easy to find, while others are either well-hidden or heavily protected. You don't need to find these medals to complete the game, but the medals you recover can be traded in to unlock special features like new ink colors for the paths you draw with the stylus. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Who'd have thought such an unassuming little guy would be the star of one of the best Nintendo DS titles available, and easily one of the most innovative platformers you'll ever play?
  2. 93
    It’s clearly the best game for the DS currently out there and a good demonstration as to how good a DS game can be when it utilizes all of its features.
  3. 90
    Not a port of an older game or a collection of mini-games or a glorified tech demo -- an actual game with actual depth. Kirby: Canvas Curse is that game. It's simple, to be sure, but it's also remarkably fun.
  4. Graphically and sonically, Kirby: Canvas Curse excels and impresses with apparent ease. If you fail a level, then that wonderful “one-more-go” feeling that eats up so many hours of our lives as gamers comes into play, and whilst this game isn’t the longest by any means, it’s possibly the most enjoyable on the format so far.
  5. While the story is nothing to pay attention to, the gameplay is what really shines here.
  6. 80
    The subtle blend of old-school platformer and touch-screen control give it a unique flavour and one unlike anything sampled before.
  7. It's innovative for sure, but for me, that's not enough. [Aug 2005, p.57]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Jun 14, 2014
    By 10 I mean 9.50... Well, canvas curse is everything you want: fun and graphics, right? Yes, but the game play is hard and the game is punishingly difficult!! If you wan't to go hardcore, you can play as other characters, who have less health... They made it even harder!! God! Expand
  2. JL
    Jun 17, 2005
    Another gound breaking game only on the Nontendo DS. A super fun mario/sonic the hedgehog-like adventure with a refreshing way to play the game. The Nintendo DS's stylus gives a breath of life to this Mario-type game. Graphics and sound are nice; i'd rate about an overall 8. Gameplay however rates.....a 10! Overall, a truly great game that will never, and can not, be ported on the PSP. (a system which currently has and stated to release mostly rehashed "played-that-beat-that" games from the 1990's, sigh-yawn! ah memories!!!) And for you critics out there , yes I own a Nintendo DS and a Sony PSP and have almost every game released so far for both. And yes, girls play videogames too. Expand
  3. Tomt.
    Aug 21, 2005
    This game is soooooo gooood its like the best game i ever played u gotta get it.
  4. DavidH.
    Jul 9, 2005
    I would give this game a 9.5 if I could, being nearly everything I could want of it, but just short of perfect. I haven't liked any of the DS games released to date until Kirby came out, as it is the first to not feel like a glorified tech demo game. It handles very well, in my opinion, though the subgame where you have to connect the dots seems a hair off. Plenty of unlockables and getting 100% will keep you busy. The later levels are downright challenging as well. I'm very pleased with this product and would recommend it, hands down. This game is a lot of fun, even for this 26 year old who has never touched a Kirby game before. Expand
  5. AndrewI.
    Jan 21, 2006
    A very good and beautifull game. It uses the touch screen just perfect and its fun to play it all the time. Its a very good chalenge to make it out 100% and there are some goodies! Expand
  6. CoreyS.
    May 20, 2006
    Out of all the adventure games for the DS, this one has the best use of the touch screen.
  7. james
    Jun 21, 2005
    Simply the best game on DS. By far. Nothing else comes close. So why the 1/10? Well that tells you a lot about the other games.

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    even looking at this page your probably a DS lover who buys everything nintendo makes and has never seen a psp. For comparison look at the graphics from the ridge racers on psp and ds Expand

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