Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Planet Robobot is a platform game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo. The game was released initially on April 28, 2016, and is the second Kirby game to hit the 3DS market, the first being Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
The Haltmann Works Company invades Dream Land and much of the rest of Popstar, intent on mechanizing the planet for its resources. With King Dedede subdued by the rubble of his demolished castle, and with Meta Knight captured by Haltmann secretary Susie, it falls upon Kirby and his new Robobot Armor to save Popstar.
Why It Rocks
- This game features a different take on the exact same charm as Triple Deluxe, while retaining much of the same improvements made on said game, including but not limited to:
- Colorful graphics for 3DS standards, with the game's mechanical atmosphere giving it its own identity.
- Great level design. There are many unique takes on various different themes, including the cars in Resolution Road and almost the entirety of Rhythm Route.
- The use of the 3D Warp Star.
- An abundance of puzzle-solving throughout each level, with some of them actually using the 3D capability.
- Solid and tight controls.
- Great soundtrack, now with an electronic feel to match the game's atmosphere.
- The game introduces the Robobot Armor, which is one of the most creative concepts the series has seen up to this point. Essentially, it makes Kirby stronger in nearly every way, while at the same time is incredibly versatile in that it has much of the same abilities that Kirby can use, even Copy Abilities!
- This game goes for a much darker tone compared to the other Kirby games. While the previous games had plenty of dark moments (including terrifying and disturbing final bosses), this one instead shows its edgier tone right from the very opening of the game, with a more complex story, new characters that have a not so pleasant backstory, and the final boss being a nihilistic supercomputer hell-bent on killing all life in the universe.
- The gameplay is superb as always, with more new abilities and mechanics introduced to the franchise such as Doctor, ESP, and Poison. Some Copy Abilities also return after being absent for years, such as Jet and Mirror. With a Kirby amiibo, you can even unlock Kirby's Super Smash Bros. moveset!
- The collectible stickers, like the keychains from Triple Deluxe, show a bunch of fanservice from previous games, all while having a plethora of new artwork for them.
- Like the characters that came from the previous games, the new characters here (Susie and President Haltmann) have neat designs and are well-written in general with both of them sharing the same depressing and dark past.
- The golden stickers here actually have a hint on where to find them, now showing the exact world and level on where they're located.
- The boss fights are as fantastic as always, and especially since unlike some of the other Kirby bosses, these actually take a significant amount of effort to defeat due to them having more unpredictable movements and phases.
- Like the previous two games, this game has two different sub-games in the package with both of them being Team Kirby Clash and Kirby 3D Rumble, both of them, compared to the other sub-games in the series, is a lot more refined since the former is a fighting-RPG, while the latter being an actual fully-fledged 3D game.
- One-trick pony concept aside, the final boss is even more epic than in the last game, being a showdown between you and Star Dream, given that you play as the Robobot Armor fused with the Halberd! It also has double the number of phases from the Dreamstalk-powered Sectonia fight from the previous game; at one point, Star Dream even fuses itself with the Access Ark to imitate Galactic NOVA!
- You get to play as Meta Knight in the Meta Knightmare Returns sub-game, the previous games that did this was Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby Super Star Ultra, both of which are remakes of Kirby's Adventure and Kirby Super Star respectively.
Like its predecessors, the game received positive reviews, holding an average of 81/100 on Metacritic.