Yoshi's Crafted World (Nintendo Switch)

Ever since I played Yoshi’s Island on the SNES when I was a kid, I have had a soft spot for that little dino in my heart. From the sound he(?) makes when converting an enemy into an egg to his scrambling in the air for some float-action, there is just something magical about Mario’s side-kick.

Nearly two years ago I got Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Nintendo 3DS but started playing it only about two months ago. Once I was finished with it, I immediately purchases its successor: Yoshi’s Crafted World for the Nintendo Switch.

While the 3DS game was all about the world being made of wool, Crafted World consists of 16 worlds each made using a specific crafting style, from card-board cut-outs to quilling. Every world also has a specific theme ranging from dinosaurs to mines. Unlike the 2017 game, though, Yoshi’s new adventure felt less charming to me, though, and a bit more repetitive. Sure, there are still tons of surprised hidden throughout the levels but Woolly World for some reason felt better to me.

This doesn’t mean that the Switch game is bad, though. I had (and continue to have) lots of fun here and will probably even try too find all the flowers. Every single level is just really well done and also has a flip-side where you look for escaped mini-poochies and get an extra flower if you find all three within a tight time-limit.

The game starts of very easy. At first I was a bit afraid it might feel like Kirby: Star Allies and so thought it might not be worth the €60. Luckily, the difficulty had a quite pleasant curve and the last couple of worlds were hard enough that I needed multiple tries.

I definitely don’t regret getting Crafted World, even though it feels a bit like Woolly World part 2. It still has enough unique ideas and elements that I can absolutely recommend it to anyone who liked the WiiU/3DS game. If you haven’t played that, give the demo a try. Just keep in mind, that the demo might appear easier than the full game actually is (esp. when you want to collect all the flowers).

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