Yoshi returns in Yoshi’s Crafted World, the follow-up to Yoshi’s Woolly World on the Nintendo Wii U. This time around, instead of everything being yarn-based, the environments are comprised of arts and crafts materials presenting a similar yet unique sense of charm.
You can expect the same traditional base gameplay mechanics from previous Yoshi titles; capture enemies, gather eggs to work out puzzles or access hidden areas and use Yoshi’s delayed ‘floating’ jump. What makes Crafted World stand out from prior games is the new gameplay feature that gives players the ability to flip between the front and back of stages in a 2.5D experience as well as throw Yoshi Eggs on a three-dimensional aspect of the level rather than just on the foreground. This adds to the puzzle dynamic allowing for clever stage design and hidden items.
While the beautifully crafted (yes, “crafted”, I said it) environments and new gameplay dynamic are the primary roots to the games appeal; the story and character dialogues don’t hold back. A group of eight different coloured Yoshis, all playable, inhabit an island that has a Sundream Stone at its center. The villainous duo of Kamek and Baby Bowser catch wind of Sundream Stone and decide to take it for themselves. In a brief tussle, the gems that make up the artifact are detached and scattered around various areas of the island. Throughout Yoshi’s journey, Kamek and Baby Bowser regularly surface before a unique boss battle with humorous dialogue that quickly becomes something that you are constantly looking forward to. Each boss fight requires you to use multiple aspects of Yoshi’s abilities to beat them and progress to the next stage of the game as well as next collectable gem.
Throughout Yoshi’s journey, Kamek and Baby Bowser regularly surface before a unique boss battle with humorous dialogue that quickly becomes something that you are constantly looking forward to.
The game features a couch co-op mode that lets two players take on levels simultaneously.
Banjo wielding, moonshine drinking, dungaree enthusiast. When not laying back on the porch couch he will be found making minor additions to his porcelain dog home décor.
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29 March 2019
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