Many handhelds have come and gone in my 24 years of living but none captured my childhoods attention quite like the Gameboy did. I have so much love for that handheld that I still own the original gameboy and very much play it, well sporadically. In any case this week we are covering Gameboy games and I found myself in the mood for a puzzle adventure, so my search lead me to Kirby’s Star Stacker for the GBC. Lets get our strategy on in this star stacking adventure starring the pink bubble himself, Kirby!
So at first glance Kirby’s Star Stacker might seem obscure and unappealing but to my surprise this game had its fun moments. This is a puzzle game that plays much like Dr.Mario in the sense that you must match items in order to clear a certain area. It’s very simplistic in that aspect and that helps as you won’t be worried about a million different rules while objects fall from the top of your screen. Obviously this is a Kirby themed game so everything from the background to the objects you have to match up, are taken from Kirby games. Its very adorable and its a cute game that leans towards children but that was in 1997, so Adults like me still can smile at these nostalgic icons.
Kirby Star Stacker sports 4 different puzzle filled game modes. First is Round Clear, which is really the main mode in this game. Round Clear mode has you eliminating a set number of stars to clear each round, and you receive special artwork once you clear a stage. Each stage has its own Kirby theme and Round Clear has 5 different difficulty modes to challenge your puzzle craving mind. There’s also Challenge Mode, which involves you eliminating as much stars as you can and Time Attack Mode where you have 3 minutes to eliminate as many stars as you can. It also had a versus mode which puts you in a start stacking matchup against a friend, Link cable is required for this however.
In the end, Kirby Star Stacker was what I thought it would be. It’s fun and adorable with a replay value that I can only describe as random. It wasn’t bad but the only originality in this game was its Kirby theme and how it used characters, like Rick the Hamster, as sprites for stacking objects. But I don’t blame Nintendo for using a puzzle template and having Kirby star in it. Anything Kirby related is cute and enjoyable, giving you a sense of happiness that, although temporary, is very much appreciated. So if you are a Gameboy game collector and don’t have Kirby Star Stacker in your collection I suggest you think about adding this to your library.