Kirby Squeak Squad - hands-on

Mice have stolen your food. This means war

The insatiable puffball Kirby%26rsquo;s back once again, but his second DS outing looks to play more like his traditional games than last year's stylus-heavy Canvas Curse. You'll guide the pink one through Dreamland in search of stolen treasure and, of course, a host of new powers to ingest.

Probably the coolest thing about Squeak Squad is its power-up system. You can now use the touch screen (which displays the inside of Kirby%26rsquo;s stomach) to mix items that he's inhaled to form new, more effective powers. Kirby's oversized innards can hold five items simultaneously, so there%26rsquo;s plenty of scope for interesting combinations. We especially enjoyed seeing Kirby turn his sword and fire items into a firesword - now that%26rsquo;s a lethal weapon. Your new powers can melt, freeze or break away parts of the candy-colored world too, so you'll have to make smart use of them to find all the hidden goodies.

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