Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (known as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in Europe) is a 2015 Wii U platformer/puzzle game that seems to be a sequel to the 2005 Nintendo DS game Kirby: Canvas Curse. The art is done in a claymation style. Despite this, the game does run at a smooth 60 fps.
The game is a single and multiplayer. In the single-player mode, the player guides Kirby alone. The main difference in gameplay in this game has from most Kirby games is that the player does not directly control Kirby. In this game, the player uses the GamePad to draw lines on the screen or tap on Kirby which make Kirby move. This also adds some simple puzzles to the game. Kirby can also change use new transformations like turning into a tank or a submarine.
Multiplayer has the other players play as Bandanna Dees. They control as if it were a normal platform. As independently moving characters, the other players can defeat enemies and carry Kirby to help the GamePad player.
There are 3 Amiibos supported by this game. These uses are limited to once per 24 hours though
- Kirby - Kirby gains a Star and can do Star Dash at any time
- Meta Knight - Kirby gains a Meta Knight mask and increases offensive power
- King Dedede - Kirby gains Dedede's hat and increases his health by 2 units
The plot is fairly simple. Claycia comes and steals all the color in Dream Land and forms 7 worlds. Dream Land is turned lifeless as a result so Elline rescues Kirby and they put a stop Claycia's wicked ways.
- The Adventure Begins
- Up the Big Ol' Tree
- Great Cave Escape
- The Forest of Whispy Woods
- Dig and Dash
- Deploy the Kirby Tank!
- The Long-Lost Ruins
- Hooplagoon, Relic of the Ruins
- Swept out to Seas
- The Haunted Ship
- Kirby Submarine's Torpedo Time
- The Clakken's Lair
Blue Sky Palace
- Rainbow Across the Skies
- The Wild Red Yonder
- Kirby Rocket's Big Blastoff
- Sky High Whispy Woods
- Woodland Battle
- Gondola Ride
- Deep Divin' Kirby Submarine
- Hooplagoon of the Lake
- Burning Secrets
- Back to the Battleship
- Volcanic Panic
- The Clakken's Sea of Fire
- Infiltrate the Junk Factory
- Kirby + Kirby
- Wonder Space
- The Final Battle
In each level, there are 5 treasure chests which contain either a song or a model. Each stage also has a diary page at the end in the roulette
- Nice to Meet Ya!
- What's the Story
- All about Me!
- Our Cozy Cave
- Go, Kirby Tank!
- The Real Claycia
- Beach Snapshots
- Our Favorite Hobby
- Deep-Sea Tour
- The Seven Worlds
- Main article: List of Figurines in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
The various enemies and transformations has a figure to collect from the treasure chests.
- Green Greens (Dream Land)
- The Adventure Begins (Arrangement) (Kirby & the Rainbow Curse)
- King Dedede's Theme (Superstar)
- Through the Sky (Mass Attack)
- Vegetable Valley (Kirby's Adventure)
- Top Ride Medley (Air Ride)
- Space Area (Amazing Mirror)
- Boss Theme (Dream Land)
- Reflected Laughter (Triple Deluxe)
- Milky Way Wishes (Superstar)
- Ripple Field (Dream Land 3)
- Snowball Scuffle (Return to Dream Land)
- Ice Cream Island (Kirby's Adventure)
- Boss Battle (Superstar)
- Sky Tower (Return to Dream Land)
- The Asteroid (Mass Attack)
- Butter Building (Kirby's Adventure)
- Rainbow Resort (Kirby's Adventure)
- The Beginner's Room (Superstar)
- Forest Stage (Kirby's Adventure)
- Mountain Stage (Kirby's Adventure)
- Coo's Theme (Dream Land 2)
- Bubbly Clouds (Dream Land)
- Big Forest (Dream Land 2)
- Revenge of the Enemy (Triple Deluxe)
- Kirby Medley (Superstar)
- Rest Area (Superstar)
- Iceberg Ocean (Dream Course)
- Revenge if Meta Knight: Ending (Superstar)
- Heavy Lobster (Superstar)
- Gulpy Ghost (Mass Attack)
- Studying the Factory (Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards)
- Moonlight Capital (Triple Deluxe)
- The Legendary Halberd (Squeak Squad)
- Milky Way Wishes: Shooting (Superstar)
- C-R-O-W-N-E-D (Return to Dream Land)
- Title Theme (Kirby & the Rainbow Curse)
- Back to Dream Land (Kirby & the Rainbow Curse)
- Staff Roll (Kirby & the Rainbow Curse)
- The Return of Color (Kirby & the Rainbow Curse)
When they first saw the Wii U GamePad, the developers realized they could incorporate asymmetric multiplayer into the new Kirby game and decided that, while Wii Remote players would have a more traditional running-and-jumping platformer experience, the GamePad player would draw "footholds". They decided to use the same line-drawing gameplay from Kirby: Canvas Curse. The Wii U game's polymer clay art style was chosen to create a more three-dimensional version of the DS game's painterly style, while the framerate of the animations was kept low so the game would look like it was made in claymation. Waddle Dees were chosen as the multiplayer characters because the developers felt that Meta Knight or King Dedede were not as well-suited to protect Kirby.
The game was given a 34 (8/8/9/9) out of 40 by Famitsu. In Japan, the game sold 32,137 in its first week.
In the West, reviews were quite polarizing with scores as high as 100 and as low as 40 on Metacritic. The current score on Metacritic is 75.
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- Before transforming, Kirby turns into one of the 3 animal buddies from Kirby's Dream Land 3, depending on the form.
|Main series||Kirby's Dream Land • Kirby's Adventure (Nightmare in Dream Land) • Kirby's Dream Land 2 • Kirby Super Star (Ultra) • Kirby's Dream Land 3 • The Crystal Shards • The Amazing Mirror • Canvas Curse • Squeak Squad • Epic Yarn • Mass Attack • Return to Dream Land • Triple Deluxe • Rainbow Curse • Planet Robobot • Star Allies • Forgotten Land|
|Spin-offs||Pinball Land • Dream Course • Kirby's Avalanche • Block Ball • Star Stacker • Air Ride • Kirby Fighters • Dedede Drum Dash • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe • Kirby's Blowout Blast • Battle Royale • Super Kirby Clash • Kirby Fighters 2 • Kirby's Dream Buffet|
|Super Smash Bros. series||Super Smash Bros. • Melee • Brawl • 3DS/Wii U • Ultimate|
|Related||HAL Laboratory • Kirby • Adventures of Lolo • The Legendary Starfy • Makiko Ohmoto • Masahiro Sakurai • Satoru Iwata • Shigeru Miyamoto • Shinya Kumazaki|