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Kirby's Dream Buffet Review

Roly-poly strawberry-chasing fun

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Nintendo Switch on 🍓

Kirby's Dream Buffet is rated Everyone by the ESRB

Kirby has starred in many bite-sized spin-offs over the years that vary wildly in quality so let's see how Kirby's Dream Buffet stacks up.

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Kirby's going to have a tummy ache after this race...

Simple and intuitive

The first thing that impressed me about Kirby's Dream Buffet is just how easy it is to play as all you do is roll Kirby around while tapping any button to jump. Because of this, gamers of all ages and skill levels can easily have fun. However, if you want to compete online then make sure you're up to face some stiff competition. v1d30chumz 44-210-77-106

Kirby's Dream Buffet is all about collecting strawberries and other fruits in order to become the biggest Kirby and win the match. You do so via different events such as races and mini-games which I'll discuss in more detail soon. For now, I want to mention that you can enjoy the festivities solo or via local or online multiplayer. Local multiplayer allows you to play 2-player with a split-screen or with up to 4 players thanks to Local wireless if you have more than 1 Switch available. Considering there are these welcome ways to play and the fact that AI competitors can be assigned difficulty preferences, you can easily enjoy Kirby's Dream Buffet however you wish. 😊

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Almost there, Kirby; please don't fall!

Fast and furious

The main mode within Kirby's Dream Buffet will have you racing through elaborate 3D stages where the goal is to collect the most strawberries and at the finish line, there are parfaits that may award 50, 20, or 10 bonus strawberries so winning the race will definitely be worth the effort. The courses feature oodles of fun obstacles, gimmicks, and enemies so zipping past your competitors as you deploy power-ups and collect fruit makes for one frantic multiplayer formula. 😄

On top of that, there are mini-games and battle arenas that are more contained and essentially have you scrambling to snag strawberries as you clobber each other and earn bonus fruit for taking out opponents. These stages add a solid amount of variety to the racing action, especially when you partake in a Gourmet Grand Prix match which will alternate between races, Battle Royale matches, and mini-games. Overall, trying to be the biggest Kirby around is a fun endeavour with enough variety to keep things entertaining for a while.

Cute and colourful

Perhaps Kirby's Dream Buffet's strongest aspect is just how adorable it is. Watching Kirby roll around as he gets covered in cake frosting and grows bigger and bigger is a treat and the environments are downright delicious with plenty of yummy-looking desserts and hamburgers. It makes me hungry just looking at it! I also enjoy small touches such as how pressing the D-pad buttons makes Kirby do cute things and there are tons of unlockables that allow you to change Kirby's appearance and decorate a cake in the hub area. 🎂

Is that all?

Although Kirby's Dream Buffet has a promising formula and it is quite enjoyable for a while, the fun unfortunately wears thin sooner rather than later. The main contributor to this is the fact that the gameplay is as basic as it is because it gets quite tiresome after only a few tournaments. Another downside is that there aren't all that many courses or mini-games so you'll end up playing the same levels over and over again. Finally, while playing online, I experienced severe frame rate drops that made it virtually unplayable at times. 🥺

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Alas, I'm the chubbiest chum in all the land

I had a decent amount of fun with Kirby's Dream Buffet but that fun definitely doesn't stay around long which makes it a game that's best played in short bursts or as part of a multiplayer playlist. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have an entire chocolate cake to eat.

  • + Simple and intuitive gameplay that anyone can easily pick up and play
  • + Adorable and colourful presentation
  • + Enjoyable local and online multiplayer
  • - Basic gameplay wears thin rather quickly
  • - Not many levels or mini-games
  • - Major slowdown while playing online
7.0 out of 10
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