Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World – game review.
Almost a year and a half after my original crochet and yarn adventures, it’s time to go back to the old garbage and face the eternal enemy once again. I am not scared of needles, I am not scared of threads, nothing can stop me from going crazy with yarn!
When I bought Yoshi’s yarn amiibo with Yoshi’s Woolly World on the Wii U a year and a half ago, I thought I would finish this title, put it on the shelf and “forget”. Nintendo, however, decided to port the next game from the dying console to a better performing handheld, and thus, again, I opened my arms to the plush Yoshi.
Yarn in hand
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World can be described in one sentence – the port of the game from Wii U. Only this and so much. You won’t find any new level here, no new challenge, nothing. If you have played the Wii U version, feel free to skip this title and you will not miss anything (apart from a few trifles that do not contribute to the game itself). But for the rest of the people who haven’t had a chance to play the original Yoshi’s Wolly World from 2015, please sit down and listen … I mean, read.
Gotta yarn’em all
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World is a classic, two-dimensional platformer, not standing out too much from other games from the series of green dinosaur adventures. We are still running around Yoshi, we are still looking for buried collectibles, and we continue to enjoy the merry world without the stress of sudden death or tearing our hair out. It is still very simple, colorful and fun.
Contrary to Donkey Kong, Mario or other classic Nintendo platformers, the gameplay is not based on the usual level transition from left to right, but more on the exploration of a given level. We are not limited by the time limit, so we will calmly and leisurely explore absolutely every nook and cranny of the level looking for hidden flowers, beads, pencil patches or balls of yarn.
Theoretically the most important task is to collect balls of yarn buried here and there. They are actually kidnapped at the beginning of the game by Kamek Yoshi (plural form Yoshi is … Yoshi? Yoshi? Yoshii? Damn you Nintendo!), Which, after putting it together, will be happy to help us in the adventure, allowing us to de facto change the skin of our fluffy friend.
We will also collect patches with the image of a pencil on them, which, after exceeding a certain amount of collected items, will unlock new patterns to use when creating your own, unique image of a dinosaur. This is one of the most important differences from the original from Wii U – following the logotype creator from Mario Kart DS, in the mobile Yoshi we will be able to manually draw the pattern in which the woolen protagonist will be painted.
Of course, the gathering does not stop there, because we will collect smiling flowers, for which we will unlock a bonus level within a given world, in which we will collect … even more yarn, flowers and so on.
Needle in a haystack
Unfortunately, during all this gathering, we come across one problem. A large part of the items are not hidden behind invisible walls, in pipes or secret passages, and are placed in many locations randomly selected by the game developers in the form of a hidden cloud, which we have to shoot with the local equivalent of an egg, i.e. yarn. Clouds are only revealed when we walk through them or when we throw yarns through them, so often our exploration will involve jumping in strange places looking for the last flower or patch. Quite a frustrating solution.
Crocheting? Piece of cake!
In our already easy adventure, buttons will come to our aid. What do the buttons do? Within a given level, they give us various bonuses in the style of rescue after falling into the abyss, enlargements of our yarn and other similar game facilitators. On top of that, Yoshi’s Woolly World offers something called Mellow Mode, in which we are virtually immune to enemies, we have unlimited flying ability and we get 3 small Poochy as part of endless ammunition. Mellow mode is perfect for toddlers who just want to absorb the joyful and knitted world of the game and this is the only mode I can recommend to them. More mature players are likely to yawn most of the game anyway due to the low difficulty level. The bosses are trivial, the levels, although ingeniously designed and delightful with their execution, are simple, and the gameplay itself does not provide any challenge, except for the bonus levels.
Poochy, come on!
The second big change compared to the Wii U version is the title Poochy. Unfortunately, the role of this yarn dog is limited to free ammunition in the aforementioned Mellow Mode and to the simple gameplay in the mini-game after completing the level. In this mini-game, our brave Poochy runs relentlessly ahead, and our only task is to jump at the right moment and collect beads. That’s it, another way to earn the ubiquitous currency to buy buttons.
A nice addition, however, are movies with a fluffy dinosaur and a dog. Every day, as long as we watched the previous short episode and correctly answered the question in the quiz, there will be a new time-lapse movie showing the helplessness of our protagonists in everyday life. It’s cute as hell, as is the whole game, but it doesn’t add anything to the gameplay.
How did Yoshi survive being transported from the big screen to the small? Very good! It’s practically the same game as on the Wii U, with a changed interface, a bit worse graphics and a few unimportant frills. The levels are the same, the music is as sweet as ever, the yarn Yoshi is delightful and the gameplay itself, apart from the lack of co-op from the big version of the game, is just as enjoyable as before. If you have not had the opportunity to play the Wii U – I recommend you to buy this item. Just watch out for the exaggerated amount of sweetness, candyiness and rainbow literally pouring out of the three-dimensional screens of the portable console. If, however, you have completed the large console version – you will not lose anything if you do not buy this game.