Mixed or average reviews - based on 83 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 83
  2. Negative: 2 out of 83
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  1. Games Master UK
    Apr 19, 2018
    A rare kids' game that lets younger players feel badass, but the post-sugar rush crash is steep. [May 2018, p.70]
  2. Mar 14, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies is a colorful, little adventure... that keeps doing what a number of other Kirby's colorful adventures have already done before.
  3. Mar 14, 2018
    A failed attempt to offer an excellent platformer with Kirby as its main character, because of its extremely low difficulty and a bad level design, despite being horribly beautiful and very fun when played with friends.
  4. NF Magazine
    Apr 25, 2018
    Despite its shortcomings, Kirby Star Allies is a fun, casual outing. [Issue #33 – May/June 2018, p. 67]
  5. Apr 18, 2018
    Star Allies is a respectable entry in the Kirby legacy, but it isn't likely to be held up as one of the better entries. Maybe with some more content, I'd be warmer to the whole experience, but I did have fun and definitely appreciate Nintendo making yet another co-op platformer I can enjoy with my family.
  6. Apr 16, 2018
    A wonderfully chilled out platformer perfect for those who just want to relax, also perfect for those who want to game with a partner who doesn't normally game. The easy to master controls and cutesy visuals are peak Nintendo and, while the game isn't very challenging, sometimes that is what is needed.
  7. Apr 1, 2018
    Kirby’s greatest strength lies in the versatility and inventiveness of the powers he can absorb. Forming a team and combining those powers only adds to that joy of experimentation, but it’s disappointing that the places you go don’t do more to make the most of those abilities. Kirby Star Allies does get better in its later stages, it just isn’t particularly memorable as a whole.
  8. Edge Magazine
    Mar 29, 2018
    Its hero might be forever wearing someone else's hat, but there's something to be said for a series that's this comfortable in its own skin. [May 2018, p.112]
  9. Mar 21, 2018
    Some Kirby fans will undoubtedly have hours of fun with Kirby Star Allies, while many others will be put off by what they might perceive as fairly bland gameplay. With friends and kids, this is a great game to play, but if you’re looking for a hardcore platformer or something that will challenge you, this frankly is not it.
  10. Mar 17, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies is entertaining, but as usual Kirby doesn't offer any real challenge for the hardcore fans of the genre. Still, using a group of characters at the same time is great fun.
  11. Mar 16, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies is a fun, but short romp that doesn't do much to push the franchise forward.
  12. Mar 15, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies is an entertaining multiplayer game that’s as Nintendo as they come. Played alone, it isn’t as fun, though.
  13. Mar 14, 2018
    A dizzying array of ideas and a varied combat system overlay a disappointingly basic platformer. Kirby Star Allies is a super-sweet confection that lacks a little substance
  14. 70
    Kirby Star Allies is good, at times enjoyable even. It’s lacking in the single-player experience, though, especially compared to Kirby’s recent outings on Nintendo 3DS. The multiplayer is fun, but the focus on it might leave some fans in the cold. As someone who enjoys everything Kirby, I was left somewhat flat until the end of the campaign and the post-game. On my second run with friends, I did see the true potential of the game.
  15. 70
    At its core, Kirby Star Allies is just another Kirby game with a fresh coat of paint and slightly different mechanics from Kirby games of the past. It is a step up in quality and graphics but can be far too simple for older fans and doesn’t provide a way to change the difficulty setting.
  16. Mar 14, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies is pretty straightforward as a platformer, but it offers that sweet Kirby world. It is too bad the game is very short and the difficulty level is way too low.
  17. Mar 14, 2018
    ​Star Allies is a fun callback to Kirby's earliest adventures, however it feels too much formulaic: level design fails to impress and the new gimmick becomes trivial too soon. It is also extremely easy to the point of being even boring.
  18. Mar 14, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies is a fun, relaxing game that does a good job of showing off what makes the main Kirby series so great. The slow pace, diverse powers, beautiful environments, adorable enemy designs, and light difficulty ensure that this is an enjoyable ride from start to finish. But with that being said, there’s a lingering sense that the developer was a little too keen to play this one safe, and the lack of new ideas may come as a disappointment to series veterans. This is not the Super Mario Odyssey or The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild of the Kirby series, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad game.
  19. Mar 14, 2018
    True to the series' heritage, Kirby Star Allies asserts its apparent simplicity through a candid, somehow heartbreaking scenario, a vibrant artistic direction, and a sweet gameplay fundamentally built for conviviality, with enemies that can also become skillful buddies once befriended. This amicable approach creates sympathetic cooperative operations and wonderful sequences of grouped transformations, but it results in a constrained, hence linear level design. While the new powers reveal interesting and potentially overpowerful teamwork synergies, those are only exploited into the rather short additional modes. More generosity, imagination and even boldness were expected from this moving, then ultimately nostalgic adventure.
  20. Mar 14, 2018
    While it lacks the substance to properly satisfy longtime Kirby fans, Star Allies does at least seem genuinely earnest in its underlying belief in the power of friendship. The game is frequently chaotic and a touch under-baked, but it’s hard to be too upset at a game where you can break down long-standing bonds of enmity and heal foes with a kiss. Even if it’s on the brief and simple side, Star Allies demonstrates the polish and personality you’ve come to expect from the series.
  21. Mar 14, 2018
    Kirby's debut on the Switch is a vibrant and fun game that's best played with friends. It's cheerful, colourful and its blend of new and old mechanics works, but it's missing the inventive spark that separates good Kirby games from great ones.
  22. Mar 14, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies is at its best when played with a couple of friends (or some kids) on the same couch: it’s like a chaotic, colorful and messy party game. If you’re planning on going solo, though, just be aware that it’s also super easy and reaches the end in a handful of hours.
  23. Mar 14, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies sees the pink resident of Planet Popstar debut on the Nintendo Switch in a game that is fun but somewhat lacking in challenge. If you are looking for an entertaining platformer that can be enjoyed by all the family then this game is the perfect option. The Nintendo Switch has been a haven for some of the greatest, taxing indie platformers recently - Kirby Star Allies provides a pleasant palette cleanser for both young and old to enjoy.
  24. Mar 14, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies feels like a greatest hits collection rather than its own unique experience. It takes inspiration from the majority of classic Kirby games and while it doesn’t have quite the level of scope that Kirby Super Star had back in the day, there’s a great amount of fun to be had. It’s certainly more fun with friends and is well made, having plenty of nostalgia for the pink puffball’s fans, but it’s certainly the easiest Kirby game in years.
  25. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 30, 2018
    This new Kirby had the potential to become another great entry in the series, but that didn’t come to be. The blame lies on the difficulty: when you play Star Allies with friends, it’s just too easy, but when you play it with AI-controlled teammates, Kirby basically plays itself. [Issue#228, p.62]
  26. May 1, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies isn’t the greatest game in the series, nor is it the most original. Yet, with its fun gameplay, ample content and modes, and gorgeous presentation, it remains an irresistible title for Switch owners. While I hope that Hal continues to experiment with Kirby as it did in games like Planet Robobot, Star Allies remains a good, yet predictable, title that platformer fans in particular should have fun with.
  27. Mar 14, 2018
    Its levels are predictable, the puzzles are obvious, and the four-player co-op adds little besides the literal ability to have four people playing at the same time.
  28. Mar 14, 2018
    AL delivers a polished Kirby experience here that plays well, but it ultimately amounts to a forgettable adventure that demands so little from the player that I sometimes felt like I was barely involved at all.
  29. games(TM)
    Apr 20, 2018
    Well crafted, but lacking depth. [Issue#199, p.82]
  30. Apr 19, 2018
    Kirby Star Allies is a good landmark for the series, as it provides a whole set of elements that fans of the iconic Nintendo character will appreciate, including the unavoidable ability to copy an enemy's ability. Where Star Allies falls behind is on its exaggerated simplification, which feels too lenient even by the Kirby standards and ends up harming the experience of what should be a more enjoyable game.
  31. 60
    Kirby Star Allies won't bring any new fans to the series. It sticks to the tried-and-true gameplay strictures of the franchise for better and worse. Co-op is nice, and the HD visuals do bring Kirby's world to life in a fresh way, but overall this is a totally by-the-book sequel that adds little of value other than a chance to play another Kirby game.
  32. Mar 26, 2018
    The allies mechanic rarely feels like it’s enhancing the gameplay, and at times, drags it down.
  33. Mar 26, 2018
    For its first outing on the Nintendo Switch, Kirby offers the minimum with a very weak challenge as a seasoned gamer can beat it in one afternoon. One of the least memorable experiences we had on the Switch so far.
  34. Mar 23, 2018
    While it’s not a bad game by any means, Kirby Star Allies for the Nintendo Switch is far too easy and does little to evolve the established Kirby formula.
  35. Mar 22, 2018
    While we thoroughly enjoyed our 4-6 hours with Kirby Star Allies, it definitely was lacking in some areas on top of its short length. Levels are decisively easy and lack extra exploration, boss fights are simplistic, and the minigames are fun but shallow. It’s difficult not to feel like Nintendo was playing it safe when designing it.
  36. Mar 15, 2018
    There are loads of combinations possible when it comes to abilities and co-op-options. But the feeble difficulty level will underwhelm players of all ages and experiences.
  37. Mar 14, 2018
    Star Allies isn’t bad, it’s just dull. Perhaps that’s worse.
  38. Mar 28, 2018
    When all is said and done, Kirby's powers are diluted when spread out across four players, yielding a more carefree experience. Meaning that in the case of Kirby Star Allies, sharing isn't caring.
  39. Mar 20, 2018
    Every puzzle, every platforming sequence, and every boss fight is an absolute cakewalk — even by Kirby standards. Kirby looks good on the Switch, but this latest visit to Dream Land is too brief, too familiar, and too safe to provide more than forgettable fun.
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  1. Mar 14, 2018
    HAL Laboratory delivers a brilliant chemistry set of a 2D platformer. [Recommended]
  2. Mar 14, 2018
    It dazzles just enough visually to be pleasant to play through. Unaided by its dissatisfying posse gimmick, though, Star Allies has little that makes it special.
  3. Mar 22, 2018
    The Switch continues a hot streak as Kirby’s latest sequel turns out to be good… because it’s a Kirby game.
  4. Mar 14, 2018
    In a world where gaming is getting increasingly complex with loot boxes and microtransactions and season passes and whatever dabbing is supposed to be, Kirby Star Allies is refreshingly consistent with the old way of gaming. It’s the video game equivalent of the old blanket you’ve had in your house for decades. It’s nothing flashy and you wouldn’t necessarily show it off to your friends when they’re over at your house. But when times are hard and life’s getting too much, it’s sometimes great to just snuggle under it (this time with up to three family members) and enjoy its simple comforts like you’ve done for years.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 474 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 474
  1. Mar 16, 2018
    One of the best Kirby experiences out there and a must have for any Nintendo Fan.
  2. Mar 16, 2018
    I don't get why critics are reviewing this game badly cause its easy. This game is made to be EASY, made to be pure fun just like marioI don't get why critics are reviewing this game badly cause its easy. This game is made to be EASY, made to be pure fun just like mario odyssey (an amazing game). This game is not donkey kong, and so what if it didnt change the formula, if it ain't broke dont fix it. destructoid got it right. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2018
    This Series needs to be more innovative, I'm tired of the same game being spilled on platform to platform, it's too easy, it's bland, and it'sThis Series needs to be more innovative, I'm tired of the same game being spilled on platform to platform, it's too easy, it's bland, and it's mechanics are exactly the same from Planet Robobot and Triple Deluxe. For the Switch I wanted Kirby to show people what the series is capable of, rather than the same games they had on the 3DS. This could've been as big as BOTW or Odyssey, but its not because HAL as been regurgitating the same BORING games for years. I liked when they thought out side of the box for games like Air Ride and Mass Attack, a game with new mechanics or different worlds to explore would've been great. This game is worth $25 bucks tops. I wish the Kirby series made a non linear game for once. Full Review »