Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
Kirby's back with an all new side-scrolling adventure for the Game Boy Advance!
Everyone's favorite cute ball of fluff Kirby is back on the Game Boy Advance in his latest adventure, Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, a colorful and cute game that allows you to use multiple Kirbys to solve puzzles. It's an enjoyable adventure while it lasts, but whether it'll interest you is a matter of how gushingly cute you like your Kirby may not be smashing his friends, but he's still looking good.
Far above Dream Land lays the Mirror World, and a great tragedy has occurred. A mysterious shadow has blanketed it, and even worse, a shadow Meta Knight has struck Kirby with its sword, causing the cute, pink mound of fluff to split into four Kirbys! With evil about to take over the world, what's our hero to do? Save the day of course, but he won't be alone, because in Amazing Mirror, you can call your three other friends to help you.
Of course, how you call them is fun in and of itself, for you see, whenever Kirby needs his friends to watch his back, all he needs to do is call them on his cell phone! By pressing and holding R, Kirby will whip out his cell and get to talking and in a quick flash another Kirby or Kirbys will show up. You'll use them throughout the game to solve puzzles and beat bosses. The game's world is essentially one big maze, and while you can play the game with one Kirby for a while, you won't be able to find all of the secrets without some help.
For the most part, Amazing Mirror is your standard Kirby adventure. You walk around pretty side scrolling environments sucking up and spitting out enemies, floating around, and utilizing many copy abilities that allow you to acquire new powers. For example, Nintendo tossed in Link's green cap and sword for Kirby to use, you can be a kung-foo fighter and unload wicked combos, or sprout wings and shoot enemies full of arrows. You can even take advantage of Kirby's attacks from Super Smash Bros. Melee! There are other copy abilities in the game for you to discover, and they all give Amazing Mirror a much needed layer of depth. However, aside from solving puzzles with the other Kirbys you'll know what to expect from this game if you're familiar with Mr. Pink Puff. He still flies, eats everything, and tackles huge yet for some reason cute bosses.
My only problem with the gameplay (aside from it being a tad easy, though all of the Kirby games are), is the lack of attention I paid to my fellow Kirbys. While some areas and secrets can't be accessed without their help, you can explore a good portion of the game using one Kirby. I would've rather seen Nintendo force me to use them right away instead of making them out to be more of a gimmick, though even when they're there they aren't always helpful. You can call them, and that's about it in terms of control. The show up and do their own thing, attacking whatever they want with sometimes the most nonsensical moves.
Amazing Mirror's graphics look great on the GBA screen. Each section of Mirror World is full of pastel colors and detailed visuals that, while not taxing the GBA hardware, are certainly passable. Kirby's animation is also pretty impressive, and it's fun to see what he can do with his body when he picks up a copy ability. The music is decent, with tunes that may get stuck in your head (especially the familiar themes).
In addition to the single-player adventure, you can play with three of your friends by linking up your GBAs, and the cool thing is you can explore different areas independently. There are also some mini games to play, but these don't offer much of a challenge (who can eat the most food the quickest, deliver the best kung-foo chop, and win a race on the water). They feel more like last minute additions.
I like Amazing Mirror, but Nintendo should've done a better job tweaking the use of the four Kirbys because they come off as a gimmick rather than integrated into the gameplay. Also, the game does get boring after a while, but that's because the Kirby games, despite some cosmetic differences, all feel the same. If you're looking for an easy and non-violent game for kids, Amazing Mirror is a solid choice, but those of you looking for a challenge may be disappointed.
What's Hot: The Kirby gameplay we know and love is back!
What's Not: The multiplayer function isn't that concentrated.