Game Review: Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Artwork

With E3 2017 a distant memory in gamers minds and thoughts of how much of our paychecks will be heading straight to Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony’s pockets, I think is the perfect time to take a look at a lesser appreciated products: free games.

Today though I’m going to talk about Team Kirby Clash Deluxe on the 3DS. Before we continue I’ll cover off a few important things in list form!

What platform is it for? The Nintendo 3DS.

Where can I get it? The Nintendo eStore.

How much is it? Free!

Yeah but… is it really free? Like in almost all free games these days, there are micro-transactions – however they’re not necessary in playing or completing the game! Only for getting back energy (or vigour) to play more levels which regenerate over time for free.

Now onto the game! It is, of course, super cute – it is after all a Kirby game. Stylised as a classic hero adventure, Kirby is asked if he can help keep the Dream Kingdom safe along side his friends and incorporating the classic fantasy classes of fighter, mage and healer. With Kirby being able to choose between Sword Hero, Hammer Lord, Doctor Healmore and Beam Mage – each with a very different play style and your friends that join you taking on the roles of the other roles!

Taking on the role of Sword Hero gives you a dash attack, a slash attack and a Hero Shield to protect yourself and your friends. Skill wise, Sword Hero is a good all rounder with high stamina for quick hack-and-slash attacks. Hammer Lord gives you a much stronger attack with one big hammer to make up for your lack of agility in combat – much better for players that prefer to tank battles! Doctor Healmore on the other hand as the name suggests is a healing scholar. With a much weaker attack, he can cast Healing Area which heals yourself and your friends while in battle and finally the Beam Mage! Beam Mage can break down an enemy’s defences with Time Beam.

The game is an updated version of a mini-game coming out of Kirby: Planet Robot. The key differences being improved single and multi-player modes, as well as new stages and bosses. The gameplay itself is just your usual brawler and Kirby plays and controls just as he does in Super Smash Brothers. You get two choices of gameplay – Team Quest a solo quest line with yourself and up to three CPU friends and Wireless Quest where you can play with your real life friends.While there are combos and actual talent that go into brawlers – and this is no exception – I’m a button smashing player and I’ve had a blast with the game so far. Since its release on the 17th of this month, I’ve already reach level 24 with a seeming level cap of 50.

It’s equally difficult as it is satisfying without being too frustrating and after all, it’s free! It’s definitely worth the download if at least to check it out and see if it’s your speed!


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