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  • Summary: (Also known as "Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush" in the UK/EU.) Do you have the magic touch? Then guide Kirby as he sets off on grand adventures in a hand-sculpted clay world. Draw lines on the touch screen of the Wii U GamePad controller to create rainbow-colored clay ropes to move Kirby(Also known as "Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush" in the UK/EU.) Do you have the magic touch? Then guide Kirby as he sets off on grand adventures in a hand-sculpted clay world. Draw lines on the touch screen of the Wii U GamePad controller to create rainbow-colored clay ropes to move Kirby around freely, or tap him to attack enemies or blast through obstacles. Transformations include a submarine, rocket and tank. In underwater levels, Kirby dons a swim mask. If his power level gets too low, a clay bandage appears on his head. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 72
  2. Negative: 4 out of 72
  1. Feb 23, 2015
    100
    Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a beautiful, creative, and fun-loving game that absolutely deserves your time and attention.
  2. Apr 17, 2015
    86
    Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is another good reason to have a Wii U in your living room. The small world of clay created by Hal Laboratory is wonderful to explore and fun to play.
  3. May 5, 2015
    80
    This is an excellent debut for Kirby on the Wii U. Imaginative and joyful adventures for the Nintendo's console.
  4. May 11, 2015
    77
    This new Kirby makes us fall in love with his new graphics and it's funny to play, totally focused on the Wii U Gamepad, but it loses steam at the middle and runs out of freshness.
  5. May 3, 2015
    70
    Overshadowed by the games that inspired it. [Issue#160, p.99]
  6. Mar 1, 2015
    69
    It certainly isn’t awful, but what strengths it does have only really appeal to the Kirby faithful, or less serious gamers.
  7. May 22, 2015
    30
    Expectations are always high when one of Nintendo’s mascots is featured in a new game. Unfortunately Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush fails to live up to the expectations, due to some tortuous control mechanics. The graphics are colorful and cute, but gets overshadowed by the mechanics that doesn’t seem to be properly thought through.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 53
  2. Negative: 3 out of 53
  1. Feb 20, 2015
    10
    Great game!!! It plays very much like Canvas Curse which I very much enjoyed then and still enjoy now. The levels are fun and evoke thatGreat game!!! It plays very much like Canvas Curse which I very much enjoyed then and still enjoy now. The levels are fun and evoke that sense of childlike wonder that only Nintendo can capture. Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2020
    10
    Lovely. A real time-sink that will be at the same time relaxing and highly additive. Só much stuff to do on every level, very high replayLovely. A real time-sink that will be at the same time relaxing and highly additive. Só much stuff to do on every level, very high replay value, great collectibles and the challange mode is really thrilling. The art style is pure Bliss. Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2015
    10
    Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a great game for anyone's Wii U collection of games. The game is a successor to the 2005 game Kirby: CanvasKirby and the Rainbow Curse is a great game for anyone's Wii U collection of games. The game is a successor to the 2005 game Kirby: Canvas Curse. The controls are fairly good while you control on the gamepad. While many people say that this game should've been on the Nintendo 3DS, I simply disagree. Many of the main aspects like the graphics and multiplayer mode would be limited if played on the 3DS, plus we just got Kirby: Triple Deluxe on the 3DS. The clay-like graphics and soundtrack are beautiful making the game feel very realistic and adorable. The game is available to 4-players where you can control as Bandana Waddle Dee where you help defeat enemies with your spear and protect Kirby from obstacles heading his ways. It's also compatible with Amiibo supoort with Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight that can only be used once per day. The Kirby amiibo can give you unlimited star dashes without collecting 100 stars, the Meta Knight amiibo can give you a faster dash attack, and the King Dedede amiibo can give us extra health bars. While playing through stages, watch out for treasure chests in challenge rooms (which you can unlock) where you can collect figurines and music and collect diary pages at the very end of levels. With good controls, great graphics, an amazing soundtrack, 4-player multiplayer mode, Amiibo support, and extra content to collect, there's absolutely everything to love about this game. You'll be up for hours playing this great game and enjoying Kirby's next amazing adventure! Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2019
    8
    This Kirby spinoff is full of life and charm. While not for everyone, at least give it a try.
  5. Aug 8, 2018
    8
    While this game is an original, creative adventure, it certainly isn't one of the best games out there. I used to play the game a lot, but...While this game is an original, creative adventure, it certainly isn't one of the best games out there. I used to play the game a lot, but... I stopped playing... The game is better with two players, and the game features many new aspects in the Kirby franchise. This game is interesting, creative, and kind of difficult. A cool game in the series, though. Expand
  6. Jan 5, 2020
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While I would have preferred a traditional Kirby game on the Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is still a very fun and beautiful game.

    The biggest problem is how beautiful it is though. You are forced to use the gamepad to control Kirby with the touch screen and while the graphics on the gamepad is good, it is disappointing as you can't look at the gorgeous visuals on the TV screen for most of the games.
    The other flaw is the final boss. It is pathetic. Far too easy but with amazing music and visuals. Even for Kirby standards, this was way too easy.

    However, the rest of the game is wonderful. The cutscenes, collectibles and other bosses are great! Probably one of the best Kirby spin off games I've played. The controls are great, the transformations are great too. Its just a shame that the ending is disappointing.

    Overall, this is a good game with flaws but still a recommendation for any Wii U owners.
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  7. Dec 1, 2020
    0
    I'm not terribly fond of the gameplay, but the art and music in this game are fantastic. Easily the best claymation-style graphics I've everI'm not terribly fond of the gameplay, but the art and music in this game are fantastic. Easily the best claymation-style graphics I've ever seen, and the overall tone of the game feels more in line with Kirby 64 and Dreamland 3 tham the RtDL style.
    It's too bad HAL backpedaled on this with Star Allies, which has less stylistically impressive graphics and only runs at 30fps.
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