GAMES - Review
15:15 - 2nd September 2015, by Michael Dodson

Yoshi’s Woolly World

We have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by Yoshi’s Woolly World, which we’d fully expected to be ‘just another Yoshi game’. In many ways, we suppose, it is. Cutesy platformer filled with Piranha Plants and Shy Guys? Check. Tonnes of hidden items clouds containing a variety of collectables? Absolutely. Egg-throwing? Well, if you replace the usual eggs with balls of wool, there’s little change there either. In fact, one of the few gameplay mechanics not carried over from the usual Yoshi games is the lack of a bawling Baby Mario riding on your back – though that can only be a good thing.

Despite the many similarities to old games, though, there’s something about Yoshi’s Woolly World that had us gripped from start to finish. The visual style, which depicts everything in the world – characters included – as being made out of colourful fabrics, was certainly a contributing factor. So too was the excellent soundtrack, a collection of toe-tapping melodies that perfectly complement the chilled out mood of the game. The levels themselves are also creative in their design, with new mechanics being thrown at you on a regular basis, and a difficulty level that gets surprisingly tough in places.

Whether or not it stands against the other Wii U platforming great, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, is down to personal taste, but we can certainly be sure of this: Woolly World is the best Yoshi game in 20 years, and one that should not be missed.

A beautiful platformer that’s familiar in places, but creative in many others. A surprising gem.
SCORE: 5/5
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