Yoshi Adorably Crochets the Competition in Wooly World

Kirby’s gone the way of claymation this coming year and Yoshi’s stepping up to the needlework next. Much like Kirby’s own epic yarn, Yoshi’s Wooly World is another stringy platformer that’s got more than meets the eye.

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Much in the vein of any Yoshi game, Yoshi runs, jumps, flutters, and all with the same egg-chucking skills we’ve seen before. Unlike his island of old, everything’s crocheted to perfection to extraordinary detail. Yoshi and company’s yarn strands shimmer in the sunlight and his tongue is the mightiest strand of all, gobbling up enemies and spitting them out as instant yarn balls.

A little bit of your ammunition is alive as well. Some of them, unnamed chicklet things, will be hurl-able through the air the same as yarn ball eggs and capable of creating climbable clouds throughout the air.

Player will be able to throw these balls and wrap up certain enemies or destroy objects in the environments, whether they be former friends or foes in local two player co-op. Swallow your friend whole and throw him to higher ledges. . . or just troll them, the choice is yours.

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Rest assured, Yoshi’s Woolly World is just a bit more challenging than Kirby’s own yarn adventure: you’re given a life bar this time and can technically “die,” but the game’s live testers didn’t seem to phased.

Challenging or not, players will likely have the most fun looking up environments and collecting hidden flowers and spools of yarn across the game’s fully explorable  world. At the end of each level, players are judged on their performance based on the number of gems they collected Little Big Planet-style to the sight of a priceless Yoshi dance.

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Yoshi’s not without some meanie bosses to contend with either. Players will be greeted by a stuffed animal right out of your grand mum’s knitting basket in the form of a cranky little lion-dog that Yoshi and friends firmly bested. Chucking yarn balls grips its mouth shut and stomping his tongue results in cute yet deadly force.

If Yoshi’s set to be this fun looking of a yarn diorama, there’s sure to be quite the lovely time to be had by all this upcoming 2015.