I seriously considered saving it for Easter. After all, that’s what you do with chocolate eggs, right? But I got the feeling that there was more to this egg than meets the eye, and it had come with instructions to open very carefully, so I very gently cracked it open to see what would hatch…
And pop! Out came a little baby Yoshi.
The egg was a gift from Nintendo to let us know about their new 2DS/3DS game Yoshi’s New Island. And as we are a Nintendo blogger family for this year we got a copy of the game to try out as well.
The kids were gripped straight away:
And then the geekdaddy joined in:
And I didn’t get any sense out of any of them for the rest of the day!
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve all taken turns playing Yoshi’s New Island. It’s been a while since the geekdaddy or I did any serious handheld gaming – we tend to play tablet games these days – but we’ve been really enjoying this game, which is very much a traditional Nintendo platformer. As is usual with these games there is a loose story – in this case baby Luigi is lost on a distant island, and baby Mario enlists the help of the herd of Yoshis (if that is the correct collective noun!) to carry him around the island to find his brother. You control one Yoshi at a time, and can attack the baddies with your tongue as well as by jumping on their heads. You can even lay eggs which you can throw at baddies or use to collect other items.
It’s a really fun game, very much in the style of other Mario platform-based games. The graphics are good for a handheld device, and the 3D looks good if you choose to switch it on. The controls are fast and responsive. We like the way the game progresses – as you move from zone to zone the mechanics change so you are always trying something new to work your way through the game. It’s also very family friendly in that if it spots you struggling with any part of the game it will offer help in the form of a pair of wings that will allow Yoshi to fly over the problematic obstacle. On the whole the control mechanism is good, but we did struggle a little with the aiming mechanism for throwing the eggs – it would have been nice to be able to use the touchscreen rather than having to correctly time pressing a button, but that’s really a minor complaint.
Whilst the geekson at 3 was still a little young for the game, and struggled with some of the puzzle-solving aspects, the six year old geekdaughter managed it perfectly well, and I was surprised how much she enjoyed playing. I definitely think this is a game that would appeal to all the family, ages 6 and over.
Yoshi’s New Island is available in the Nintendo store for £34.99, although if you shop around you may find it cheaper than that – I found it on Amazon (affiliate link) for £27.99 for example. It earns itself a geekmummy 4 star rating – it’s a great buy if you’re looking for an entertaining platform game.
Disclosure: We received a free copy of Yoshi’s New Island for review purposes. And a delicious chocolate egg with a Yoshi inside:). If you make a purchase after clicking on the Amazon affiliate link in the post it will not cost you any more and I will receive a small percentage payment, which I will put towards the running costs of this blog.