Review | Yoshi's Crafted World | Nintendo Switch

Are you ready for cuteness overload? Welcome to Yoshi’s Crafted World. This latest entry into Nintendo’s Yoshi series follows up Yoshi’s previous adventure, Yoshi’s Wooly World.

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Website | Yoshi’s Crafted World
Twitter | @NintendoAmerica

This time, Yoshi is consuming enemies and turning them to eggs as he embarks on a quest to recover gems stolen by Kamek. The story is standard fare for these types of Nintendo games. This is a welcome thing, if for no other reason than if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Players travel to a variety of worlds, including a dinosaur fossil dig site, a Japanese garden, the sea, and more. To navigate these worlds and levels, players follow a yellow ribbon path. This pathway is most welcome, especially for a player who tends to be easily disoriented and needs direction. This comes in handy particularly in the levels that have depth of field to them rather than just being standard side scrolling fare. Players will need to head deeper into the levels to collect objects such as red coins, poochy pups, and flowers, the latter of which are used to unlock additional worlds.

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Players will be able to take in the cuteness of the game in a multitude of ways. The game offers two difficulty levels, Classic Mode and Mellow Mode. Mellow Mode serves as the game’s easy mode, whereas Classic Mode provides the challenge that Mario/Yoshi veterans have come to know. The game’s controls work so well that putting the game on either setting will allow for easy accessibility to new and old players alike. This is not to say that the game is not challenging at all, however, the ramp up to the challenging levels is slow. Only later on in the game a player’s platforming skill may be tested.

Using common household items like egg crates, cardboard, ribbon, and paper plates to create the atmosphere for a game doesn’t sound like the most pleasing aesthetic when thinking of modern video game graphics. However, these fit perfectly together to beautifully craft together the levels of Yoshi’s Crafted World.The game’s audio also stitches in perfectly with the game’s aesthetic. The game’s music is upbeat, yet subtle. It will not overwhelm, and it doesn’t detract from the game’s other sound effects.

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Customization options in the game include the ability to purchase costumes with in game coins obtained in the levels. While these costumes appear to be at first cosmetic only, they actually boosted Yoshi’s defense, meaning it took more hits to cause damage. Nintendo’s amiibo toys can be scanned, and some such as Mario, Peach, etc., will provide more costume options.

Overall, while the game is not anything groundbreaking, it does what it is meant to do. It’s cute enough to appeal to small children, and challenging enough to appeal to a more mature audience who has grown up with Yoshi. It’s cuteness overload for sure, and amazingly good time.

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SHOULD YOU BUY IT, SKIP IT OR WAIT FOR A SALE?

GunpowdernBoom Recommends: BUY

Comparable game(s): Yoshi’s Wooly World.


 

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