Yes! It’s a DS game that was finally released in the U.S., delayed only because Nintendo thought it MIGHT be too Japanese.
TOO Japanese? Come on guys, what’s so Japanese about this?
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . .
Moving on . . .
This is quite possibly one of the most saccharine sweet games I have ever played. It also comes equipped with a very distressed Starfy sound whenever you close your DS. It’s like you’re crushing him. I think it backfired with me though because I spent about ten minutes opening and closing my DS laughing maniacally to myself.
. . . Okay so that was after I whined to Brad about how I felt bad closing my DS.
Anyway, so, saccharine sweet. This is the type of game qualifies as “fluff”, there isn’t a plot that you can become too emotionally involved in. So it’s a perfect game for . . . say, a road trip or one of those thirty minute drives your parents drag you on. Or just a game that you want to play before going to sleep. It won’t grip you to the point where you HAVE to beat it.
Granted, the only reason I truly got stuck on it was because I was trying to figure out what the HECK was going on half the time.
You can’t skip the cut scenes which is a major drawback for me. At the last boss, yeah actually pretty difficult (the ones before really aren’t), but if you die you have to start ALL the way before the last cut scene and there is no quick press button or skip button. You have to wait until the game TELLS you to “Press A”.
Then there was the clam I had an issue figuring out if he was a clam or not, he looked more like that hamburger man that used to grace McDonald’s playground.
Closest thing I could find . . .
By the way, that brought back CREEPY childhood memories for me.
Anyway, it is a pretty good game, nice platformer, even a pretty cool concept. If anything, it’s at least hilarious to listen to the noises that come out of the DS. It reminded me a lot of a retro game that I used to play all the time on NES. “Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland”, I think I’ll do a flashback post on that one next. The reason it brought Little Nemo to mind is the whole “wearing animals as a suit” thing. Yeah . . . it’s a bit morbid sounding, but they manage to make it extraordinarily cute! In Starfy you have four different animals that you can become, you discover them along the way, and sometimes you actually have to go backwards through the map in order to get ALL of the treasure chests.
Another one of the extras that Starfy contains is *drum roll* COSTUMES!!! . . . No really, costumes . . . I’m not kidding . . . REALLY! Probably one of my favorite things to do was dress Starfy up and then run over and show Brad, mix and matching, and if you get two pieces of the same costume you automatically get a “special!”, for instance, you can make Starfy a viking, once you get both pieces you can see Starfy riding a boar!! . . . Really . . . I’m not kidding . . . *sigh*
They have quite a few mini games and a whole bunch of challenges to get secrets around the map.
This was definitely one of THE most kid friendly games I have ever seen. Even down to the animation! I should have expected this considering the game was brought about by the Kirby creators. I mean, how edgy can the makers of an oversized pink marshmallow get?
So, all in all, I would say, it’s a good game, but I’d advise buying it used if you’re interested in getting it. Especially if you are over 10 😉