As the one of the most adorable mainstays in Nintendo’s stable, Kirby generally appeals to younger gamers. But that doesn’t mean the little pink marshmallow has nothing for seasoned gamers. Kirby: Canvas Curse was a fine game, showing the ingenuity of the DS’s touch screen early on in the system’s lifespan. Squeak Squad doesn't bring the same kind of innovation, and instead sees Kirby pitted against a team of rodent robbers hell bent on making off with all of Dream Land’s treasures for a more classical 2-D experience.
You’ll jump, float and shoot your way through eight lusciously designed, charmingly pastel worlds. But don’t take Kirby ’s sugary spoonful of super-cute at face value - just about everything in your environment serves an interactive function. Grass can be cut, water is freezable and there’s dirt to be dug. And as always, the way to Kirby’s heart - and victory - is through his stomach (the games silly story is kicked off by a missing cake after all).