Aside from a blurb in their January 2013 Nintendo Direct, we have not heard anything about this mysterious “Yarn Yoshi” game. Some thought the game had some sort of development trouble while others thought that it had been canned entirely. I am happy to say that I have played Yoshi’s Wooly World and, not only was it good, but it was one of the best games on the show floor.
The game is gorgeous as to be expected. Most already thought that Kirby’s Epic Yarn was beautiful enough on the original Wii, but Yoshi’s Wooly World looks better, even downright amazing, on an HD screen. The art style is incredibly creative and full of charm. Visuals are just a small part of a game, though, as gameplay trumps all in the end. It fortunately is as much a blast to play as it is to look at. Many feared that the Yoshi games were headed in a questionable direction after Yoshi’s New Island on the 3DS, as the series failed to introduce any new mechanics, was too easy, and failed to be rewarding enough for players. Yoshi’s Wooly World, on the other hand, combats all of these concerns.
The yarn mechanics provide for new gameplay opportunities, particularly in the realm of puzzle-solving and, although the platforming is entertaining enough, the simple and engaging puzzles are rather innovative as well. Some “eggs,” for example, would create a cloudy platform to run on when thrown in any direction. The platforms would also disappear after a little while, creating a challenge not yet seen in another Yoshi game. I felt like I had something to look forward to after playing the demo: a gorgeous, engaging, challenging platformer from the same guys who made Kirby’s Epic Yarn.
The game was even more fun when a second player jumped in, though. In Super Mario 3D World, the players would compete with one another to accrue the most coins and Yoshi’s Wooly World features a similar mechanic. Players are able to hinder the progress of one another by swallowing the other player and producing an egg. This hectic multiplayer gameplay proved to be incredibly fun as Jason Lepine and I were swallowing one another at every turn, but still making our way through the level trying to collect the maximum number of jewels.
Yoshi’s Wooly World was easily one of the best games I played at E3. The gameplay and the art style were innovative and the fact that the game was even more fun with a second player was a huge bonus.