My Wii U Game of the Month for May 2015 is one that features a pink ball as a protagonist. This particular pink ball doesn’t possess his usual abilities in this game, but that’s not going to stop him from setting out on an adventure to save his homeland.
Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush starts with all the colour being sucked out of Dream Land. With the help of a paintbrush fairy called Elline, Kirby and Waddle Dee set off in order to get the colour back.
Much like in the DS game Kirby: Power Paintbrush, the player guides Kirby by drawing rainbow ropes. By tapping Kirby, he dashes, which can be used to defeat enemies. Scattered throughout each level are a bunch of stars – when you collect 100, Kirby is able to perform a Star Dash. This allows him to take out the tougher enemies and blocks.
Much like in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Kirby can transform – in this game, he can take on the form of a tank, rocket or submarine.
Each level also has a handful of treasure chests to be found. Inside these chests are figurines and music for the player to collect – these can be viewed from the gallery.
Up to three other players can join in, taking control of Waddle Dees. They are able to attack enemies and carry Kirby around. In addition to that, the game also features amiibo support – Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight amiibos power Kirby up in various ways.
The visuals of this game are incredible – everything is made out of clay. There are lots of neat little touches, too – still, that is something I’ve come to expect from Nintendo.
Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush just oozes sheer charm. There’s just so much joy to be found in this game.