Yoshi’s Crafted World for the Nintendo Switch is one of the most original and relaxing games we’ve seen in a long time. Developed by the creators of similar games such as Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Yoshi’s Woolly World, Good-Feel has proven to have perfected the art of giving games a unique feel and art-style.
Yoshi’s Crafted World is very similar to past Yoshi platformers, yet gives the series a breath of fresh air. Instead of the traditional 3D game models and textures, you can enjoy Yoshi and his friends in a realistic cardboard cutout-type art style. This complements the 2.5 platform gameplay, making all 40 plus levels feel alive and interactive. Many past game play mechanics make their return, such as Flower and Red Coin collecting, the reintroduction of yellow and red eggs, and the return of iconic enemies with your lovable canine companion Poochie. However, some of these come with a new twist: the collectable flowers scattered across every level serve a purpose this time. Completing a level will no longer unlock the following one, instead players must use the flowers they have collected to unlock it. This is a great way of giving flowers a purpose which gives players the incentive to explore each level to its fullest.
Both coins and red coins also serve new purposes as well. Instead of granting the player an extra life after collecting a certain amount of coins, the player can use them to purchase cute cardboard costumes for Yoshi, such as a Bullet Bill, Poochie, and trash can costume. Costumes provide Yoshi with more health and rarer costumes grant him extra abilities. Players are also able to play with their friends with the local Co-Op mode.
In addition to the changes made to enhance new experiences to the game, you now have the option of choosing the color of your Yoshi. There are a total of 8 colors to choose from (Green, Red, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Orange, Pink and Cyan). Even though they all play the same, it’s cool to be able to play as your favorite colored Yoshi. Also, the game’s grooving soundtrack and level progression make it perfect for winding down at the end of the day.
The most exciting change to the design is “Mirrored Mode,” which you can access after completing a particular level. In this mode, you play the level in reverse while also playing with the level view in the background. This essentially turns an old level into a new level. While playing in this new perspective, you are able to see new details of objects and enemies you might have missed from your first play-through. Mirrored mode is slightly more challenging than the normal mode, but should still be relatively achievable.
Overall, Yoshi’s Crafted World is a blast to play. Whether new to the franchise or a fan of Yoshi platformers with a heavy element of collectability, goofy costumes, this game is a must buy.