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Kirby's Dream Buffet is fun, frustrating, and full of food

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Kirby has had quite a few years. His 30th anniversary of Pink’s Puffball was made unforgettable thanks to the extraordinary. Kirby and the Forgotten Rand. That would have been a nice enough gift for the fans, but Nintendo threw in the final birthday bash in the form of Kirby’s Dream Buffett is available now on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $15.

The amazing multiplayer game takes elements from classic Kirby spin-offs like Kirby’s Dream Course and fuses them together. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockoutlike a party game. Four players compete in his four minigames to devour as many strawberries as Kirby’s balloons. Above all, the food-themed courses are sure to make you hungry.

It’s a modest release, one that rivals the storied history of smaller Kirby spin-offs, but one that’s fun filled with a celebratory throwback to the series’ past. The party is hampered by some frustrating elements, as I’ve found to be the worst here.

Happy Birthday, Kirby!

Kirby’s Dream Buffet is a mini gauntlet and multiplayer rounds take less than 10 minutes. Players start on a food-filled racetrack where they must navigate an obstacle course and roll to the finish. There are surprisingly smart dynamics at work here. Earning the most strawberries is the name of the game, so the course tempts the player to follow and collect more tricky routes with extra fruits, but this is a race and the first The prize for reaching the goal is that he can eat 50 strawberries. His three other players have to fight over stacks of 20 and his 10, so getting to the end as quickly as possible creates tension while collecting lots of fruit along the way.

In between these races, players have one faster round where they have to catch falling strawberries. The Grand Finale is a frantic timed battle in which all four players are dropped onto the platform and use their copy abilities to knock each other out and steal fruit from each other. Matches go by quickly, but they are always energetic due to frequent lead changes. For those who love yelling at their friends during heated Mario Party games, Kirby’s Dream Buffet brings similar confusion.

In Nintendo’s way, the stakes are still kept low enough to make it a fun party game that kids can win. At the end of the final stage, the game awards him 3 random bonuses and the player gets 40 extra strawberries each. I often find myself winning terrible matches just because I happened to hover the most during the round. That may be frustrating for those looking to get competitive, but this is a strawberry-eating Kirby game. What do you expect from the thriving esports scene?

Kirby fights in the final stage of Kirby's Dream Buffet Match.

Instead of creating intense multiplayer games, dream buffet It’s something that celebrates the franchise with a sweet premise. By increasing the rank, players can unlock past art from the series, as well as vintage his music that can be played during races. The most fun I’ve had in the game so far wasn’t winning the round, it was loading Kirby’s original his theme and getting the soundtrack.

Combine that with amazingly creative food levels with attention to detail and you have a multiplayer game that’s like dessert. It’s not as filling as a meal, but the occasional pinch of sugar is enough.

online problems

I would like to spend more time Kirby’s Dream Buffet If not for the frustration that ruins the party. I often find myself off the edge, so movement generally feels a bit awkward. It’s difficult to get back into, so it tends to hang awkwardly in the air until you’re out of breath.

These complaints are minor, but the bigger problem is Nintendo’s online infrastructure. If you’ve played a lot of Switch games online, you’re used to the occasional freezes. My experience so far is that the slowdown is constant. Having a stutter like a slideshow bring the game to a halt is a real killer, especially in a racing game. There’s nothing more frustrating than freezing like a popsicle for a few seconds as you prepare to make a tricky turn.

I’m not sure if it’s a broader issue with the Nintendo Switch, or how the developers integrated online play here. It’s the same problem that prevents you from enjoying first-party games. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, mario tennis ace, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and other friends online. Kirby is the latest victim of that trend, but it deserves even more attention here because online play is the whole game. Become.

Whatever the reason for the online problem, it’s adding a sour taste to my otherwise sweet time. Kirby’s Dream BuffetI enjoy the quick match, low stakes play and delicious visual design. It feels like Nintendo made a fun ice cream sundae and forgot to put it in a bowl.

Kirby’s Dream Buffet Available now on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

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