Yoshi’s Crafted World is the latest entry in the Yoshi series from Nintendo and it’s a pretty traditional 2D platformer, with the main difference being that you can change the plane you’re on at points in a level so you’re either in the background or foreground. It was originally scheduled for 2018 but was knocked back to early 2019 in what is looking like a pretty strong year for Switch releases.
Graphically it’s stylised as you’d expect and different to previous entries in the series, it’s kind of reminiscent of plush toys traversing through a pop-up book a little bit. It’s suitably cute and the fact that you can collect costumes to put Yoshi in (which act as a shield from enemies is a bonus). Personally, I prefer the aesthetic in Yoshi’s Woolly World but I think people will love how this game looks.
Sound-wise I’ve always loved that Yoshi makes amusing noises when hovering and cobbing eggs around so the game definitely doesn’t disappoint on that front. Music-wise it’s functional but a bit generic, it’s easy to listen to but there’s not been anything especially memorable so far. This is a shame when you consider how good the music was for Yoshi’s Story.
Level wise there is lots to do, the usual things such as collecting flowers and red coins and the likes but there’s also souvenir hunts, where you find specific items in levels and the Poochy Pup Hunt where the level is reversed and you have to find the little guy. What’s quite nice with this is that rather than the level being mirrored the camera rotates 180 degrees so you’re looking at the back of the level you’ve just played through, it’s a small touch but a unique one.
The most important thing is that it’s fun. Sure it’s not especially innovative but what it does do it does well. Also, one of my favourite levels so far is one where you’re in a giant Yoshi mech on wheels and have to essentially smash your way through the level, it’s ridiculous but it’s also a bit like being a super cute Godzilla. There’s Amiibo support which promises costumes, I have the big yarn Yoshi so I’m hoping there’s something unique there.
If this is a sign of what’s to come from things like Animal Crossing and Pokemon Sword and Shield later on in the year then I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s incredibly polished, it’s fun and there is loads to do, but on the downside, it falls into the trap some Nintendo games do where it’s not significantly different to what’s come before and that can be something that people aren’t overly keen on. Personally for me, I’m a fan – though I’d hope that future games have more to offer.
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Release Date: 29/03/2019
No. of Players: 1-2
Category: Action, Platformer
Download link: eShop