I’ve been debating whether to blog about this for months now, since it’s a video game and this is not a video game blog. But, my friends, it’s a whole video game made ot craft supplies, so you really should see it.
(Also, full disclosure, my enjoyment of this game juuuuust ticked over into full-on obsession over the weekend.)
Anyway. Kirby’s Epic Yarn is part of a long series of Kirby games, but it’s the first one where the game characters and the land they inhabit are all made from fabric, yarn, buttons, lace, and miles of stitchery. Seriously, the amount of crafty goodness in this thing absolutely boggles the mind.
A quote from Kono, the game’s chief planner:
“We actually used yarn and literally sat there trying different things out and tossing around ideas. Craft materials were spread all across the desk. It didn’t look like we were working on a video game at all.”
There are seven landscapes in the game. You wander about, collecting shiny beads, looking for treasure, and defeating assorted (similarly crafty) enemies.
Many, many times I’ve been killed in-game because I was too busy oohing and aahing over the lace flowers and button-laden trees to notice the spear headed for me.
Fabric and yarn, of course, are malleable, and the game makes awesome use of this property. You can pull a loose thread and gather up a mountain. You can pull a zipper and a whole fabric building will peel away, revealing cool stuff behind it. Kirby himself, being made from a strand of pink yarn, can unwind himself and change into other things: a car, a spaceship, a heavy weight, and so on.
See that guy up there? The way you defeat him is to unravel the entire sweater perched on his head.
Want to see all this crafty cuteness in action? The video above gives you a taste.
The game’s website shows you more, and offers you the distraction of uploading your own photos and adding crafty Kirby elements to them. Fair warning, though: it’s a music-playing site.
If you are similarly obsessed, then please tell me in the comments how to defeat Meta-Knight.