Yoshi’s Woolly World Review

Yoshi’s Woolly World is probably the most creative game I’ve played all year long. 

If it wasn’t for some FPS problems that I encountered during my 15 hour playthrough of this game it would probably get a perfect score from me, or pretty damn close to one.

The Great:

Gameplay:

If you’ve ever played Mario, Rayman, or previous Yoshi games you’ll learn how to play Yoshi’s Woolly World pretty fast. It doesn’t have a steep learning curve, and the controls are fantastic. Instead of playing as normal Yoshi we play as multiple ones that are made out of yarn.

Instead of throwing eggs to get pass, or unlock, some obstacles we get to throw balls, or birds, of yarn. It’s a unique, and fun way to play. There are two different modes to play in Yoshi’s Woolly World. You can play in classic or easy mode. None of the modes are hard, but the easy mode gives your Yoshi wings. You can literally fly around the entire stage and not have any problems along the way.

I played the classic mode because I wanted to experience everything the game had to throw at me and I’m really glad I did because it’s a lot of fun.

Graphics:

Yoshi’s Woolly World is a beautiful game. Everything on the world map is made out of yarn and filled with color. Every stage that I played was filled with color, great character models, and beautiful textures. The Wii U really shines here and Nintendo did a great job in this area of the game.

Unlocking new Yoshi’s to play as was fun. Some of them are really adorable too.

Level Design:

I don’t think I played a single bad stage in this game. All of them are really good. They all stood out to me in one way or another. I don’t really have any favorite stages, but if I had to choose I think unlocking the Wii U Yoshi was probably the most crazy stage in the game since I didn’t have anything to walk on. I had to do Yoshi’s crazy jump until water geysers shot up and propelled me higher into air while searching for all of the collectables. It took a few tries, but it was worth it in the end.

maxresdefault (1)Co Op:

This is why I love Nintendo so much as a company. They still make local co op games that I can play with my wife. I shouldn’t have to go out and buy a new console just to play a $35 game. The co op mode in this game is fantastic. When I realized that I could eat my wife’s, get your mind out of the gutter, Yoshi and turn it into a yarn ball and shoot her across the stage at enemies I was sold on the game.

That feature is actually really useful though because I can throw her to some hard to reach locations.

The Good:

Sounds:

Everything from the sounds Yoshi makes to the background music playing is fantastic. Why is this not in my great section then? Because a lot of new stages that unlocked used the same song from previous stages and while I did enjoy them I would have preferred more songs.

Boss Fights:

You know how Mario boss fights play out? You jump on them three times and they die. That’s exactly how they play out in Yoshi’s Woolly World. Nintendo did mix it up a little this time around. You can’t just jump on the boss. You have to wait for an opening, throw a ball of yarn, and then ground pound on the big X that’s on the bosses bodies. It’s still really easy, but I give them props for trying.

The Bad:

FPS Drops:

YWW-Gameplay-1This surprised me because Nintendo games don’t ever have stability issues or problems in general, but Yoshi had quite a few unstable moments for me. World 3 in particular had the majority of the FPS drops while I played. There wasn’t a lot going on for the FPS to drop. I was just trying to make a tricky jump and the game went crazy for no good reason. It happened enough to make me quit playing it for two days and it’s a big reason why I lowered my original score of the game.

It’s Really Easy:

Some stages in this game are really fun and have the right amount of challenge in them while a good majority of them are way too easy. The only reason why it took me 15 hours to complete the game is because I had to collect every single Yoshi. I had to see what they all looked like and it was worth the grind in my opinion.

I know games like this from Nintendo are going to be easy so it’s not really a legitimate complaint from me, but I would love a hard mode difficulty or something in their platform games in the future.

The Verdict:

Yoshi’s Woolly World surprised me. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did and when I looked up some of the reviews for this game I was equally surprised to see it scored so low. This is a fantastic game to kill time with by yourself or with a friend and I highly recommend buying it. Hopefully we’ll get more Yoshi games from Nintendo in the near future.

9/10

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Author: Drakulus

I'm a hardcore gamer that enjoys every type of genre there is. I'm also a father of four kids, two girls and two boys, and love to write about whatever pops into my head.

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