Generally favorable reviews - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
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  1. Mar 11, 2011
    Never before has a game been so uniquely captivating, charming and simultaneously fun for its absolute entirety; truly an epic experience which every self-respecting gamer should own.
  2. Mar 7, 2011
    Kirby's Epic Yarn has a wonderful, charming tale to tell with a friend, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or a son or daughter. Whether it's your first game or your hundredth, there'll be something in its world of patterned yarn to plant a big silly smile on your face.
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    Probably the best Kirby game ever and one of the most visually arresting video games of the year (if it had actually been released in Europe that is).
  4. That Kirby's Epic Yarn left me a smiling, cooing, mushy-brained mess of happy by the end of it says an awful lot about how well-constructed and almost painfully pleasing this game is to play.
  5. May 24, 2011
    The game is offering a unique style and a new concept. But Kirby's Epic Yarn is too easy to get a 90+ rating.
  6. May 11, 2011
    While you wouldn't call it epic, Kirby's Epic Yarn is a welcome addition in the current, and possibly continuing, dearth of quality Wii titles.
  7. Apr 7, 2011
    Who knew a stroll into Arts and Crafts land could be this much fun? Kirby's latest adventure is a pure joy, and although it's a bit on the easy side, it'll keep you very entertained from start to finish without even flinching.
  8. Apr 5, 2011
    Truth be told, Kirby's Epic Yarn was the highlight of my Giftmas morning. It's not a marvel of motion control engineering, but it was fun, colourful and great to relax with on a Saturday morning.
  9. Mar 29, 2011
    More than just a visual masterpiece, Kirby Epic Yarn is a solid and cute platform game that is perfect be experienced in co-op with a casual player. With some great hardcore similar games like Super Mario Bros. Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii, this alternative choice is all but superfluous.
  10. Mar 29, 2011
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is a remarkable adventure with a careful and original design and full of surprises in the gameplay.
  11. Mar 27, 2011
    Epic Yarn is a title for the player looking to be reminded what it's like to have the emotion of curiosity triggered by a videogame. A game cut from the finest Nintendo cloth.
  12. Mar 15, 2011
    Kirby's Epic Yarn makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You'll literally be amazed all the time and the game treats you with all sorts of funny jokes consisting out of fabric and yarn. The game might be to short and easy, but the all around quality and creativity make up for those in full. It's a platform game you'll fall hopelessly in love with.
  13. Mar 8, 2011
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is a great return for Nintendo's pink mascot. Featuring very nice graphic and brilliant gameplay it's an highly recommended purchase for every Kirby fan.
  14. Mar 8, 2011
    Overall I can only recommend Kirby's Epic Yarn. The gameplay is challenging, funny and gripping, the graphical and sound effects are great and the co-op mode is very entertaining. It's one of the best Nintendo Wii games I've ever played.
  15. Mar 7, 2011
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is a well made platforming adventure that delivers exactly what we expected from all the trailers and previews. It's a fun experience for one or two players and is especially suitable for children. The Wii may lack a large amount of quality games, but as long as Nintendo keep providing solid platforming experiences like this one we'll keep the complaints to a minimum.
  16. Mar 4, 2011
    It's surely a testament of how Nintendo can take a simple concept and turn it into a robust experience. It may lack the challenge other Nintendo games have, but offers some truly relaxing moments in a wonderfully designed world...if you can handle the cuteness.
  17. Mar 1, 2011
    Almost disgustingly cute about a yarn-made Kirby in a colourful world full of cuteness. Under the surface there's a really great platforming game with lots of good ideas and a nice co-op mode.
  18. Mar 1, 2011
    This is one of the most attractive and original visual designs of the last years, and also a great game, although many will find it too easy.
  19. Mar 1, 2011
    The perfect game for all audiences: easy enough for people that never play videogames, but with enough rewards and incentives for those who have lots of experience. This is the cutest game we've seen in years... and an excellent one, too.
  20. Feb 28, 2011
    Sure, Kirby is extremely easy, and not really innovative, but it still is a quite refreshing experience. With high production values and an enchanting atmosphere, its a delicious journey through Dreamland's kingdom. If the youngest of gamers can dive in with closed eyes, platformers aficionados will have trouble looking the other way with its lack of challenge. If you are able to enjoy its naive world, you will discover a peace-inducing title, with a solid gameplay. Touching, warm, and reassuring like a sweater weaved by Grandma.
  21. Feb 28, 2011
    It goes beyond making you smile to that level of cuteness where your cheek muscles feel sore from the big smile which won't leave your face and you feel a rush of energy like you just had a shot of hard liquor. If you have any interest in platforming games at all, get Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  22. Feb 28, 2011
    Yarn is epic. There, we said it. It's the big statement of 2010. Play the adorable Kirby's Epic Yarn and you'll find out what we mean.
  23. Feb 25, 2011
    With gorgeus visuals and funny gameplay, Kirby's Epic Yarn is an amazing looking game that blinks his eye to such masterpieces as LittleBigPlanet and Super Paper Mario.
  24. Feb 23, 2011
    Kirby's Epic Yarn starts off slow and may even lead to fans of traditional Kirby adventures giving it the cold shoulder. However, the sheer amount of thought, creativity and extra little touches poured into the adventure help to make this one journey that grows on the player considerably the further into proceedings they get.
  25. Feb 23, 2011
    Players who simply wish to drink in the dreamy visuals and enjoy the cute characters will find Kirby's Epic Yarn a breezy and attractive way to while away six or so hours of their time.
  26. Feb 21, 2011
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is an enjoyable 2D platformer with an incredibly creative art direction.
  27. 70
    A cute and charming platformer that is much more forgiving than its Nintendo-comrade New Super Mario Bros. The unique setting provides plenty of surprises and new takes on classic platforming elements, especially in the first couple of hours, and the game is certainly fun. However, there's not a lot of challenge here, and not a lot of discovery or secrets to keep the longevity after you reach the finish line.
  28. Feb 21, 2011
    it's one of the most creative examples of casual gaming.
  29. Feb 21, 2011
    Kirby strikes again with his best adventure so far, probably also one of the best stories that we've discovered on Wii's catalog. This is a trully epic adventure in which Kirby discovers a new way of developing his abilites, meeting new friends and so on. It's fun and entertaining, and without any doubt the best game for this console on the beginning of 2011. Yet another must-have for Nintendo's Wii.
  30. Feb 14, 2011
    Teenage boys will absolutely hate it. But when viewed as a platform game for kids, it's pretty impressive. Kirby first emerged in 1992; only now has his existence been justified.
  31. One of the easiest, yet greatest, games ever. Cope with the cuteness and you're in for a treat. [Feb 2011, p.79]
  32. Jan 4, 2011
    Nintendo has all too often repeated its wish to put smiles on as many faces as possible, and Kirby's Epic Yarn is arguably the most successful exponent of that mantra. [Issue#104, p.114]
  33. Dec 20, 2010
    If anything, Kirby's Epic Yarn definitely lives up to its name.
  34. Dec 20, 2010
    Overall, I cannot stress enough that if you own a Wii, you need to own this game. It is one of the most fun, unique and charming platforming games.
  35. Dec 20, 2010
    A lack of challenge has led to the demise of many platformers in the past. Oddly, that's not the case with Kirby's Epic Yarn. It is easy to play and requires no real skill to master, but it's a load of fun regardless.
  36. Dec 20, 2010
    Patch Land is a world patched, made of clothes and buttons, and, looking at it, it is impossible to forget.
  37. Dec 20, 2010
    Aesthetic and functional design, boundless creativity, fantastic soundtrack.
  38. Dec 20, 2010
    The game that kept coming to mind as I played through Kirby's Epic Yarn was not any of the past Kirby entries, but rather Little Nemo The Dream Master, an NES game from 1990.
  39. Dec 19, 2010
    Not since Yoshi's Island's designers broke out the crayons has a Nintendo platformer looked so much like a work of craft, but it's a pity that, for the most part, the levels don't feel as fresh as they look - a platform made of butterfly stitching is still just a platform. [Christmas 2010, p.93]
  40. Dec 19, 2010
    In conclusion, the word I would use to sum up Kirby's Epic Yarn is "delightful." It's only aim is to make you smile, and it does so with panache.
  41. Dec 19, 2010
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is a wonderful surprise. Brilliantly crafted to take the player on a fantastic voyage into a world of patchwork, you will easily fall in love with Kirby's attitude and yarn-inspired aesthetics.
  42. Dec 19, 2010
    Epic Yarn is an entertaining if undemanding jaunt, but it lacks the scope of Epic Mickey and the hardcore thrills of Donkey Kong Country Returns - both of which are out this month and far more worthy of your time and cash.
  43. Dec 19, 2010
    At its heart, this is a rock-solid, gorgeously drawn platformer with enough new tricks up its sleeve to recommend to anyone needing an excuse to play their Wii.
  44. Dec 19, 2010
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of the most enjoyable platformers out there. While some may balk at its ease, it does offer more of a challenge for those who come into it with an open mind.
  45. Dec 19, 2010
    It's fun and non-threatening, and anyone watching it will be entertained.
  46. Oct 27, 2010
    Perfectly sized for young children and the parties with all the family, Kirby's Epic Yarn is undeniably one of the titles that everyone can conclude without real effort, especially with two players, but still keeps some surprises in store for those who want to unlock everything.
  47. Oct 25, 2010
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is an absolutely fantastic game that offers so much enjoyment thanks to the large number of unlockables, stunning graphics and incredible stages. Fans of Kirby and those who enjoy a good side-scrolling platformer should not hesitate to give this a try.
  48. Oct 25, 2010
    Don't let the game's kid-friendly approach fool you; Kirby's Epic Yarn will appeal to all ages. Beyond the striking visuals is a fantastic 2D platformer, making it one of the best titles available for the Wii.
  49. Oct 25, 2010
    Drawbacks aside, adults should consult their doctors about a prescription of Epic Yarn instead of Prozac.
  50. Oct 22, 2010
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is a rare game that is good for everyone. It is charming, fun and easy to play, while well-designed enough that the lack of challenge doesn't become boring.
  51. Oct 22, 2010
    One of those games that you'll play simply because it makes you feel so good. It's also challenging and clever, with well done co-operative play and even a great soundtrack. There's no downside to this game.
  52. Oct 21, 2010
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is one game that should be on any gamers wish list, as long as you own a Wii. With great visuals, solid sound, and gameplay that is geared for any level of gamer in the family (thank you), Nintendo has once again proven that they publish great games, it is as simple as that.
  53. Kirby's Epic Yarn is absolutely filled to the brim with whimsical charm and light-hearted humour, but it's the unique gameplay elements that make it truly shine.
  54. Make no mistake - this is straightforward, walk-right-to-win platforming. It's not re-writing the book on anything and it's probably not game of the year material, but it's just plain fun, and acts as a charming antidote to the M-rated avalanche we can't seem to pull ourselves out of.
  55. Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of the prettiest games on Wii, and it's also one of the best. The joyous platformer might not be difficult, but it's fun, inventive, and outrageously imaginative.
  56. Honestly, the only crowd that I can imagine not enjoying Kirby is jaded gamers who are too cool for something so whimsical. Whatever the case, they're missing out on a colorful, unique game that reminds me of why I fell in love with gaming back on my NES: imagination, challenge, and fun.
  57. Kirby's Epic Yarn is an absolute delight. Oozing cuteness at every turn, from the wonderful animation to the gorgeous music, this is a game that should have pride of place in any game collection.
  58. 90
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is a fantastic game that might skew a little younger than experienced gamers might be comfortable with, but the subtle level challenges and the incredibly creative art direction is well worth the experience.
  59. Kirby's Epic Yarn is a slightly deviatory franchise installment featuring a brilliant new fabric-oriented concept which takes this platforming game beyond the realm of the ordinary.
  60. Kirby's Epic Yarn is definitely up there with Super Mario Galaxy 2 as a must-have Nintendo game this year. However, what separates Kirby from everyone's red-capped plumber is that there were some serious risks taken with Kirby, and the result is something totally awesome.
  61. Enticing visuals and varied gameplay make Kirby's latest adventure an absolute joy.
  62. It's rare for a visual direction to have such a profound impact on gameplay, but the two are seamlessly interwoven in Kirby's Epic Yarn. It's certainly not one of the more challenging platformers out there, but it's a breathtaking experience nonetheless.
  63. 90
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is, at its quilted heart, an enjoyable 2D platformer that anyone who understands the language of fun can pick up and play, and it has an aesthetic that you can marvel at -- stress-free -- from beginning to end.
  64. 90
    I spent around 10 lovely hours exploring the intricately detailed, painfully cute Patch Land in co-op, and came away feeling, well, lovely. Kirby's Epic Yarn makes a convincing case for the idea that we don't have to be challenged every single time we play a video game. Occasionally, it's enough to be happy.
  65. 91
    Even with the deviations from what you might expect from the plucky pink puff, Epic Yarn most assuredly feels like a Kirby game; you have solid platforming, off-the-charts cuteness, and even throwbacks to familiar Dream Land characters and settings.
  66. Kirby's Epic Yarn delivers fun, solid platforming with incredible style. The presentation and lack of difficulty may be a turn-off, but any platforming fan would do well to get wrapped up in this ball of yarn.
  67. 80
    Kirby's latest adventure is an unabashedly adorable and addictive affair, even when suffering from a limited reward system and lacking difficulty.
  68. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 6, 2011
    Another great platformer game for Wii which makes the most of the original artistic conception and inspires particularly children. [Mar 2011]
  69. Nintendo Gamer
    Dec 25, 2010
    The lack of challenge will annoy some, but it's a game that anyone can enjoy, and most will love. [Issue#56, p.42]
  70. Nintendo Power
    Oct 22, 2010
    Polished, offers great platforming, and looks amazing. [Dec 2010, p.84]

Awards & Rankings

#6 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#2 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 228 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 228
  1. Oct 17, 2010
    You do not need difficulty to have a good time. This game removes the idea of rushing and frustration and concentrates on the idea of classicYou do not need difficulty to have a good time. This game removes the idea of rushing and frustration and concentrates on the idea of classic platforming game, and innovative uses of buttons and yarns. It's a masterpiece when you think deeply about it. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2010
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is a breath of fresh air in a time filled with generic FPS's that in some cases are unplayable(MW2), It's like smellingKirby's Epic Yarn is a breath of fresh air in a time filled with generic FPS's that in some cases are unplayable(MW2), It's like smelling horse manure in an enclosed and small area that you are locked into but you find a crowbar to break the lock keeping you in. Kirby's Epic Yarn is the crowbar of justice against horse **** filled barns. It's also a very good and deep game for EVERYONE and it is not easy if you want to get a good bead streak, Anyone who says they are too mature for this are insecure idiots who cant grow up and see that this game is damn adorable and for all ages. Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2010
    I haven't had so much fun and excitement in a VERY long time for a videogame. Kirby Epic Yarn in your first five minutes may look like aI haven't had so much fun and excitement in a VERY long time for a videogame. Kirby Epic Yarn in your first five minutes may look like a simple platformer for the kids, but the minute Kirby suddenly transforms into a tank in the first or second stage, the experience changes forever. It features some really awesome platforming that gives me memories to Kirby 64 but also gives an even more unique and varied touch with it's graphical point of view and different transformations that all of them are effective and exciting. Kirby is definitely back in awesomeness on consoles, with this brand new game, and like the title suggests, it's epic! Full Review »