Ivy the Kiwi?

Reviewed by Kyle Bell, Posted on 2010-11-30


Developer: Prope Publisher: Xseed Games
Release Date: August 24, 2010 Available On: DS & Wii

The creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka, is behind Ivy the Kiwi. That is the game’s biggest marketing talking point, as is quite understandable. Yet it is fair to say that this is one of the more creative and fun games on the Nintendo DS this year.

I was not exactly sure what to expect with Ivy the Kiwi. You play as a newborn bird and have to guide him to his lost mother. Controlling the bird is done for you: he simply always walks forward. Your job is to create paths for him to follow, either by drawing bridges, ramps or walls with the stylus. You can also “sling shot” your way to higher places by pulling a line that you drew back and releasing it.

The ultimate objective in each level is to reach the final goal, although feathers can be collected along the way, which can add lives. Part of the challenge, of course, is avoiding hazards. These include spike traps, enemies, etc. Both of the versions of the game, DS and Wii, have 100 levels. Each of these can be replayed both in single and multi-player.

Ivy the Kiwi is a simple game. There’s really not a lot to write about. If you liked Kirby: Canvas Curse, one of my personal favorite DS games, you will probably enjoy Ivy the Kiwi. Yuji Naka has proven that he still has it in him.

Graphics: 7
Sound: 6
Gameplay: 8
Creativity: 9.5
Replay Value/Game Length: 7
Final: 7.5 out of 10
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