It's a minor blot, though, as elsewhere this lives up to the legacy of its predecessor, and takes it to new, interesting places. Kirby rarely gets a starring role in Nintendo's line-up, which is something of a shame, as the Rainbow Curse is another unconventional treat.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a brisk, gorgeous platformer that has no qualms with taking off the training wheels.
A tepid sequel to Kirby: Power Paintbrush, that even with its short running time barely manages to stretch it's small collection of ideas across a whole game.
With a handmade look, and a different approach to platforming, Rainbow Curse is one of Kirby's strongest spin-offs, and one of the best uses of the Gamepad to date.
Rainbow Curse is different from any other platformer out there. I got frustrated by Kirby's insistence on staying rolled into a ball, but plenty of moments of innovation and fun appear throughout
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse oversimplifies its mechanics, making for an experience alternating between frustrating and dull.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse shines because it's a simple game that delivers superbly on a simple concept. You're repeating many of the same actions again and again, but with each new stroke it feels more refined, more graceful.
A happy platforming game that appears to be made out of clay and has just one odd design flaw.
Ten years later, this frustrating follow-up to Canvas Curse feels shallow and soulless by comparison.
Don't let Rainbow Curse's relatively small length put you off; it's a sublime experience that completely washes its hands of the padding most games employ to justify a retail release. If you're used to finishing games out of a sense of weary obligation, expect to be pleasantly surprised when this latest Kirby spin-off leaves you fully satisfied by the end of its final level.
Bottom line: If you play only one new Nintendo platformer starring an adorable character, you should definitely pick up Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
It's a game that has a little something for everyone, all without compromising its unyielding, unique, and undivided attention on its mission to blast pure adorableness into the world in all directions. If Kirby and the Rainbow Curse doesn't make you smile, you may need to see a doctor for that.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse doesn't feel quite as refined as Nintendo's other output in terms of gameplay, but that graphical style is what we'll keep coming back to. It's simply a beautiful looking game, which offers several hours in the main mode and even more in the challenge mode. As a budget release, there's enough content here to justify it, though perhaps not quite enough difficulty for platforming aficionados.
It may not be Kirby's most triumphant outing, but Rainbow Curse is still an entertaining ride. The abundance of ideas and charming look trump the few but severe shortcomings. Once again Kirby does something a little different, and we're certainly glad he did.
Rainbow Curse is a little on the short side, but that also means it doesn't overstay its welcome. At seven worlds consisting of four stages apiece, it can be finished relatively quickly. It feels like a nicely complete package regardless, especially when you factor in challenge stages, collectibles like Elline's diary, and the multitude of hard-to-reach treasure chests.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse offers up unique visuals and gameplay, but largely fails to bring them together into a fun game. The colorful world is worth exploring, but only for those that are especially interested in the different nature of the game.
Massively cute it may be, but this is a Kirby title that packs substance to go along with its drop dead gorgeous style.
Rainbow Curse is another successful Kirby oddity. While it lost some of Canvas Curse's features, it makes up for it with a fanciful, clay-based art style. The multiplayer is also a nice touch. It's also nice to see a Wii U game that actually uses the GamePad's features, something that's becoming a rarity.
Despite its shortcomings, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse offers up an entertaining, albeit a frequently frustrating experience. The game's rainbow drawing mechanic makes great use of the Wii U's GamePad but the resulting gameplay unfortunately isn't always as fun as it could be.
Minor annoyances aside, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse continue's Kirby's hot streak of lovable, imaginative, joyful adventures. As shrewd as it is straightforward, HAL's latest effort provides an afternoon of unassuming fun for a fair price, and no matter how much I try, I just can't ever over how damn wondrous it looks!