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Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Game Boy) artwork

Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Game Boy) review


"The plateu for all gameboy sidescrollers in my mind. This stands above Mario 2, and even those Castlevania's. Why? Because of it's addictive gameplay and puzzles harder than many modern day (or basically those crystal ones in the late levels). This is the game Kirby was supposed to star in. This was the game that made Kirby the star in my mind, and maybe it will be for you too. "



The plateu for all gameboy sidescrollers in my mind. This stands above Mario 2, and even those Castlevania's. Why? Because of it's addictive gameplay and puzzles harder than many modern day (or basically those crystal ones in the late levels). This is the game Kirby was supposed to star in. This was the game that made Kirby the star in my mind, and maybe it will be for you too.

STORY (3/5): Once again, old games are not meant to have good stories. This one really doesn't. You travel from planet to planet to dispose of certain enemies. At the end you will face the final boss, but if you get the crystal sword you will be able to take care of Dark Matter, the evil behind it all. Not great, but it is a Kirby game so not bad either.

GRAPHICS (14/15): These graphics are pretty strong. Many different enemies along the way, and they don't get to repitive. All three of Kirby's friends look great, and then there is always the special powers (sometimes combined with friends) which put in some graphical greatness. Also the backgrounds are fairly strong, and differ from level to level. Did I mention the bosses all look really cool too.

SOUND (8/10): The best of all Kirby games in this category, but that is not that big of a feat. While the rest of the Kirby gameboy games have mediocre sound at best, this one is actually enjoyable at points, and there is a difference in many levels. Only problem is the boss music is sometimes a little awkward, and of course the sound effects are just beeps.

GAMPLAY (52/55): It's the old-school Kirby gameplay. Run around, eat enemies, take their powres, kill enemies with that power, move to next level. A simple formula to success. However they added a little extra to it by throwing in Rick, Kain, and Koo. They are Kirby's animal friends, and they can all use certain variation of powers themselves. These guys throw in alot of extra to the game. Also this Kirby game has 7 long worlds (many levels in each world), in comparison to the only 5 levels the Kirby games have had in the past. Then finally what makes this game fun, and horrible at the same time. Getting the crystal pieces. There is one in each world. If you get all 7 pieces you get the crystal sword, and are able to fight Dark Matter. You will be easily able to get the first and second ones, and after a good deal of work the 3rd and the 4th. However the last 3 worlds are the hardest puzzles I have ever seen put on a gameboy. These take like 20 power switchings, and you need animal characters along the way, and multiple of them in some cases. However when you do you will be as happy as a clam, for you can then fight Dark Matter, which is a different, yet very fun battle.

REPLAYABILITY (7/10): Not the greatest replay value, but not bad none the less. The games puzzles should keep you into the game for a long time, and you should not be quitting the game very easily. Then from there you will at least play through the game once more, well besides getting the pieces, cause to do that twice is way to taxing. It is simple and you will play again, just not with that excitement it first brought you.

DIFFICULTY (4/5): You have seen me praise the difficulty of the puzzles, but that is where the one point I am taking off comes in. The crystal piece switching takes WAY too much time. These are the sickest looking puzzles in the later worlds, and much strategy will be needed. Why can't they average the difficulty of Kirby 64 shard search, with this game, for then that would be about right... However besides the crystal search, the game is fair in difficulty, and not near as easy as other Kirby games.

OVERALL (88/100): If you haven't caught on yet, this is the best out of all the gameboy Kirby games. I HIGHLY reccomend buying this game if you like Kirby or classic sidescrollers. I spent alot of good years playing this game, around three, just trying to get the pieces and the day I beat Dark Matter is a day I will always remember with happiness. Kirby is a great game, and I am pleased to see a little challenge to go along with it.

Rating: 8.8/10

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