(Editor’s note: In the Postcard Review, members of the Pixelitis staff write small, easily digestible reviews big enough to ‘fit on a postcard’ – hence the title. It can be about the whole experience or just a small piece of the pie. No scores needed.)
Let’s cut right to it: this is one of my favorite games of all time.
How often does the whole “x games in one” idea really work? In this SNES classic, each game adds something unique to the total experience, proving that “game within a game” idea can be more than a marketing gimmick.
The first of the eight games (which can be played in any order, minus the unlockable ones) is Spring Breeze: a quintessential yet simple Kirby game that has catchy music, a Disney-like spring setting, and a relatively easy difficulty level. It’s supposed to be a breeze; a welcoming introduction for both fans and beginners. It has also has King Dedede, who is one of my favorite villains of all time mainly because his morality is entirely based on how hungry he is.
Next up is Dynablade, essentially a harder and more complex version of Spring Breeze. There’s also Gourmet Race (a strange race for food against the infamous platypus king), a few mini-games involving samurais and muscle-man competitions, and my personal favorite, The Great Cave Offensive, which combines every great element of Indiana Jones and the Metroidvania subgenre. It also has a hilarious boss battle that satirizes turn-based RPGs.
Between the music, graphics, powers, and co-op, this game(s) is a masterpiece. While there are certainly solid modern Kirby titles, none hold a candle to this one, in my opinion.