Flush with a gorgeous and uplifting soundtrack, Forgotten Land is a heart-warming and no-stress experience while providing some fun challenges and deeper upgrades should you want them. Either way, this is a must-have game and yet another instant Nintendo classic that's not only warmly familiar, but also subtly inventive in a way that'll keep you hooked until the end.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is far better than I could have imagined. Its ruined yet beautiful world carries a tone of wonder and amazement throughout the entire game, and HAL Laboratory undoubtedly stuck the landing while transitioning the series’ gameplay into 3D. Though I am disappointed in the small number of copy abilities, the game’s issues are mere bumps in the road compared to its many triumphs. It is the only game I can think of to make me cry from the sheer joy of how cute and heartwarming it can be, and it is in my opinion the best game Kirby’s name has ever been on.
This is absolutely my game of the year for 2022, as well as my game of the console for the Nintendo Switch. Getting a 100% on this game is fun, rewarding, and so worth it. Every second of playing this game is an absolute delight, and the amount it adds to the Kirby franchise for the future is outstanding.
The people at HAL Laboratory have finally outdone themselves by delivering the first, fully-3D core game of the series, in an adventure that has much to offer players of all ages and experiences. Regardless of whether players choose to go single or co-op, Kirby and the Forgotten Land manages to make huge leaps towards being a great Kirby experience.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is an adorable game with creative levels that make the most of the excellent power ups like mouthful mode, and it’s all set to a remarkable soundtrack. There’s a surprising amount of extra activities, and levels do a superb job of incentivizing you to seek out hidden objectives in order to expand the charming hub town and power up your arsenal. The technical shortcomings and some minor platforming woes at the hands of the camera work are the only blemishes on an otherwise marvelous game.
Kirby and the forgotten land' is a shot of pure fun. A dose of merriment that can thaw even the most soured heart. It is a moment of carefree enjoyment, perhaps a little too carefree thanks to the low difficulty.
Look, if the Telegraph’s scoring policy would allow me to give extra points for cuteness, this game would be our highest rated game ever. I really mean that. Nothing else I’ve played comes close. Kirby makes the characters of Animal Crossing look about as appealing as the beasts from the most recent Resident Evil title. But The Forgotten Land feels like candyfloss, all sweetness but not enough substance. Kirby is one of Nintendo’s quirkiest and most charming characters, but he deserves better than a reheated take on one of his big brother Mario’s most forgettable outings.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a bland and uninspired game. Every idea that it has has been done 1000 times over, inside and out, from Kirby's abilities to the worlds to the laughable boss fights to basically everything else in the game. While I know that this is a kids game, it is so braindead in every idea that it has that it becomes a boring slog long before it ends. In terms of performance, it's decent but lacks fluidity. I know it's a hardware pushing game, the graphics are quite impressive for the Switch, but that doesn't excuse that it feels really awkward to play at 30fps, at least for me. I feel like it's so highly overrated just because it's the first full-on 3D entry in the series but as an actual game, it's incredibly lacking in fun and content.
I can't believe I'm writing this. I love Kirby games but the transition to full 3D movement was such a gigantic misstep on their part.
1) Controls often don't register inputs and you're left wondering why attacks don't come out or your pipe isn't jumping. It happened so often I thought I was crazy.
2) The depth perception is really bizarre. So many times I would be running around and just fall straight off platforms and alleys. It often felt uncomfortable or out of place. I'll call it my fault when it is, but this felt constantly strange.
3) Someone had it out for the casual audience. Wild mode? Mostly fine. CBT-levels of time constraints for bonus coins? Well those are for masochists I guess. Usually Kirby games wait till post game to show their hand like this. Strict time constraints on treasure road stages that allow for at most one mistake no matter what? Guys what are you doing?
It's visually cute, has Kirby charm, the setting is almost entirely forgettable with very plain stages... and yet I wanted to play through it until the above glaring issues became too unbearable. Even classic Kirby on the Gameboy didn't play this poorly. I'd love to see a successor for Kirby in full 3D, but if they don't iron these issues out they're doomed to consecutive failure.
SummaryJoin Kirby in an unforgettable journey through a mysterious world in a 3D platforming adventure. Float off on an all-new adventure as the powerful puffball, Kirby. Explore in 3D stages as you discover a mysterious world with abandoned structures from a past civilization—like a shopping mall?! Copy enemies’ abilities like the new Drill an...