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  • Summary: Kirby's Return to Dreamland has players play as Kirby one of his three friends to retrieve ship parts scattered across Pop Star in order to help the aliens return home.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Oct 23, 2011
    100
    With its impeccable balance of difficulty, satisfyingly simple level design, and insurmountable overload of squishy charm, Return to Dream Land provides a platform experience that comes as close to perfect as one can get...Videogames simply do not get any more pure than Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  2. Oct 24, 2011
    90
    Kirby's Return to Dream Land makes absolutely no concessions in its quest to appeal to a wider audience. Newcomers will still feel welcome, but at the same time, longtime Kirby fans will also feel fully respected too. It perfectly integrates old Kirby staples with new features like the super abilities, and despite the Wii's graphical shortcomings compared to 360/PS3, it couldn't be more visually appealing.
  3. Dec 9, 2011
    85
    Newest addition to the Kirby franchise feels once again fresh and new. The mix of platformer and ancient Lemmings works like a charm and the game design is well balanced. This game truly is a proper testament for the aging DS. [Dec 2011]
  4. Nov 25, 2011
    80
    Kirby returns to the roots in a platformer designed for all kind of gamers. Not difficult, not deep and not innovative. However, it's still a Kirby game, and that means only one thing: big quality.
  5. Oct 24, 2011
    75
    You won't find much trailblazing action here, and the challenge is a light one for most of the way until you unlock the tougher game mode by completing the story. Still, there's enough charm on tap to satisfy diehard Kirby fans and younger players.
  6. Dec 7, 2011
    70
    We were hoping for something more inventive, more memorable. [Dec 2011, p.56]
  7. 50
    The ambitions have been low at HAL Laboratory, and Kirby's Adventure simply isn't varied enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 51
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 51
  3. Negative: 2 out of 51
  1. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    This game is an absolute masterpiece. Brilliant! A true homage to the SNES classics, but even better. Definitely a must buy for the Wii.
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    This game is an absolute masterpiece. Brilliant! A true homage to the SNES classics, but even better. Definitely a must buy for the Wii.
    If you're looking for fun and something worth your time and money, look no further.
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  2. Jan 10, 2012
    10
    I honestly don't know what other reviewers are saying when they claim that this game is "too easy". Because if they think that then eitherI honestly don't know what other reviewers are saying when they claim that this game is "too easy". Because if they think that then either they're a master at Kirby games or simply didn't play it all the way through. This game is by no means "too easy", sure it starts off easy but like all platformers, the difficulty increases, like if Kirby's Epic Yarn (which I loved) was a 3/10 in terms of difficulty, Kirby's Return to Dreamland is at least a 7 or 8/10, especially when trying to collect all the energy spheres and getting platinum medals in all the challenges (which I've yet to accomplish > Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    One of nintendo and HAL's masterpieces, A must for the wii!
    The story is epic, it has an extra mode for hardcore people, has good uses of the
    One of nintendo and HAL's masterpieces, A must for the wii!
    The story is epic, it has an extra mode for hardcore people, has good uses of the wii-mote (shaking is used frequently) and a lot of challenges in magolor's airship for tons of fun.
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  4. Dec 25, 2011
    10
    EXCELLENT game. Kirby's Return To Dream Land has beautiful visuals, exhilarating gameplay, and the classic charm of Kirby. I'd seriouslyEXCELLENT game. Kirby's Return To Dream Land has beautiful visuals, exhilarating gameplay, and the classic charm of Kirby. I'd seriously recommend this to everyone. Expand
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    9
    Another awesome game for Kirby! It is very fun, bright and well made. This is the first traditional Kirby game release since Mouse Attack onAnother awesome game for Kirby! It is very fun, bright and well made. This is the first traditional Kirby game release since Mouse Attack on the DS (another great game) but is a step up. The graphics are very cheerful and bright (although sometimes they are a little too simplistic to the point of looking a little bland), as is the music and story. It is a great game, but not up to the standards of Epic Yarn or Mass Attack which both offer different styles of gameplay. It's very much a joyous experience, but not quite at the top of the Kirby games, 89/100. Expand
  6. Nov 20, 2011
    9
    Is He back? YES HE IS BACK! Kirby finally brings a true sequel to its 3d classic Kirby 64, even much more enhanced than ever before. This isIs He back? YES HE IS BACK! Kirby finally brings a true sequel to its 3d classic Kirby 64, even much more enhanced than ever before. This is the finest Kirby game you can ever find at least on his formula, on his spin off games is of course Epic Yarn. But really, visually great, the amount of powers is endless, and no power feels useless except the sleepy trap one of course. Boss fights are engaging, and it gets difficult by the minute, and just when things seem to be over, the game brings you even more levels to play! Expand
  7. Jan 13, 2013
    7
    This is "the" game, if you want to play with your loved one, and she's not very experienced in video games. This is my first Kirby game, and IThis is "the" game, if you want to play with your loved one, and she's not very experienced in video games. This is my first Kirby game, and I already know what makes this series so popular. Cute, fun and simple, great for co-op. However, it may seem boring at times, since there's no real challenge throughout the game. I wouldn't recommend this title if: a) you plan to play alone, b) you can kill a few bosses in Demon Souls (you'll be bored to death). Expand

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