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Ivy the Kiwi?

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90
WiiNintendo Life
There's no denying that Ivy the Kiwi? is absolutely overflowing with charm and personality. Whether it's the endearing storybook visuals, the innovative gameplay mechanics, or the heart-warming story unfolding around it all, Ivy the Kiwi? has a compelling way of pulling you into its adventure and not letting go. And with over 100 levels to tackle, not to mention a wide array of replay value, you're likely to find that the game's biggest challenge lies in trying to drag yourself away from it.
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Nintendo DSNintendo Life
Ivy the Kiwi is the perfect example of the type of enjoyable and refreshing gaming experience that can be created when a developer isn't afraid to try something a little different. Not only does the game absolutely ooze storybook charm, but its simple touchscreen controls are easy enough for gamers of all ages to pick up and play, yet challenging enough to give even seasoned platformer fans a serious run for their money. In all honesty, it's one of the most unique and captivating titles to hit Nintendo's DS system in quite some time, and given its $20 price tag and slightly more precise control method, it's probably the better of the two versions if you're only picking up one.
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WiiGamingTrend
I suspect that when Yuji Naka set out to make Ivy the Kiwi he wanted to make game for the Wii that actually used the Wiimote to create a classic style game. To that end I think he succeeded. Ivy the Kiwi in its purest form is a game, it doesn’t try to be an epic world spanning adventure, or a nuckle baring throw down. Instead you are given a task to guide Ivy from one end of the screen to the other, nothing more nothing less. Throw in a great use of the Wiimote’s pointing function and you have a solid platforming game that will challenge even hardcore gamers with its ever increasing difficulty. If you want a game that will make you think quick on your feet, but not over burden you with a convoluted story, then Ivy the Kiwi may be for you. I’m just glad to see someone actually giving us a new game idea that uses the Wii’s unique controller.
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WiiNintendojo
In fact, that’s precisely what Ivy the Kiwi? does so well. Yes, it’s difficult, and no, it doesn’t cover especially new ground, but Ivy the Kiwi? is different enough from other games in the Wii’s ouerve to make any player keep playing in spite of any difficulties. And so it’s odd that Ivy the Kiwi? seems so unsure of itself, with that question mark tacked on, as if to ask whether it can really sit at the grown-ups’ table. It shouldn’t have to ask at all. Like the platformers of yesterday, Ivy the Kiwi? has an engaging personality all its own– and it’s Ivy’s table where other games should sit.
80
WiiVideo Game Talk
This game does a great job at balancing difficulty with a story that will appeal to a younger generation of gamers. While Ivy’s story doesn’t really help motivate older gamers to finish the game, the creative, more difficult puzzles in the latter half of the game will. Completing all the puzzles in the game takes a handful of hours and getting all the medals for those levels takes considerably longer. In addition, the local multiplayer can be fun at parties for strategic players. This is the type of game that you should pickup if you enjoy games like Lemmings or Braid. All in all, it’s a solid puzzler that’s worth a playthrough for puzzle lovers.
80
WiiSpazio Games
Ivy the Kiwi? è un titolo atipico, che fonde due generi come il platform e il puzzle game ottenendo un mix davvero interessante. Nonostante la formula di gameplay sia apprezzabile e divertente non riesce a durare sul lungo. L’idea delle classifiche e della modalità multigiocatore è da premiare, non fosse per il fatto che mancano della loro controparte online, inoltre cercare tutte le piume (anche quelle previste nella modalità bonus) non porta a un premio sostanzioso in grado di dare al giocatore uno scopo vero per affrontare tale impresa. Nota di merito per la campagna di protezione del Kiwi, attualmente in rischio d’estinzione nella lontana Nuova Zelanda. Acquistando una copia del gioco per Wii o DS supporterete la lega Save the Kiwi Trust. Se siete dal cuore tenero, vi scioglierete di fronte alla dolce fiaba del piccolo Ivy, raccontata come se di fronte lo schermo ci fossero solo dei bambini e, lasciatecelo dire, ogni tanto fa bene tornare a esserlo.
80
Nintendo DSGameZone
Ivy the Kiwi? may be simple in its design, but it’s an engrossing title. Even after you beat the game, you’ll want to revisit the game’s beautiful worlds and guide Ivy to the goal again and again. It’s the type of game that you find yourself playing for a couple of hours late at night when you can’t sleep or during the day right before going to school or work. Ivy the Kiwi? is a unique experience that is easy to get into and hard to stop playing.
80
Nintendo DSGamers Daily News
A fairly priced, creative platforming game that is definitely worth checking out.
80
Nintendo DSPAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Ivy the Kiwi? is a charming puzzle platformer that makes intuitive use of the DS’s capabilities. It’s one of the better ‘pure’ DS platformers to come out in a long time.
80
Nintendo DSCubed3
Ivy the Kiwi? isn’t the perfect game, but it breaks the mould by being different, and bringing with it some of the gaming styles that haven’t been seen since the launch of the DS console. If you are looking for something to boot up for a couple of minutes or a title that you want to sink into considerably, this little hatchling has both. Ivy the Kiwi? will satiate the appetites of both newcomers and veterans alike.
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Wii411mania.com
Ivy is a good diversion for people needing a short break from bigger games. The levels are short and look great while playing, yet offers a bit more by collecting feathers. However, even with the feather collecting it won’t take you long to find everything. For Wii owners wanting something short to tide them over, you may want to check this game out. Just don’t expect anything in depth and time consuming here.
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Nintendo DS411mania.com
Ivy is a good diversion for people needing a short break from bigger games. The levels are short and look great while playing, yet offers a bit more by collecting feathers. However, even with the feather collecting it won’t take you long to find everything. For Wii owners wanting something short to tide them over, you may want to check this game out. Just don’t expect anything in depth and time consuming here.
75
WiiDefunct Games
From the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog comes Ivy the Kiwi?, a cute little platformer/puzzler that takes players on a 100+ level adventure home. With its unique gameplay and cool art style, Ivy makes a great first impression. The game mechanics get a little tiring as the game goes on, but there's more than enough depth and challenge to warrant the purchase!
75
WiiGame Shark
Ivy The Kiwi? is deceptive. While it looks lighthearted it's really a serious and challenging platform game, but in spite of its difficulty, the simple controls and game mechanics make it very approachable, and while you'll almost certainly die a lot the game is very forgiving. This is the type of game that knows exactly what it is and doesn't try to do much else except for provide some fun and challenging platforming action.
75
WiiGame Revolution
Final fun fact: No birds are harmed in the making of Kiwi shoe polish. But don't expect the same for little Ivy. Although all 50 levels can be reasonably completed in a day, you may lose a few chicks along the way. Fortunately, you have infinite restarts, which takes the sting out of losing. Ivy the Kiwi? is engaging enough for young players, and when things get too hard for the chickadees in your nest, the grownups will be more than happy to pick up the remote and finish things up.
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WiiNintendoWorldReport
Ivy the Kiwi? is a real winner in the action-puzzle genre, striking the right tone of simplicity while keeping the game's difficulty moving along at a nice pace. The 50 stages in the main game won't take you too long, but there is ample replayability in trying to beat your own scores and going through all of the bonus content. It's not an incredibly deep experience, but if you like challenging your own reflexes and looking at pretty backgrounds, this game might very well be up your alley.
75
WiiZTGameDomain
Ivy the Kiwi is not your normal platform adventure game that it might appear to be. Its unique blend of puzzle and action really set it apart from the normal shovelware found on the Wii. For the price on the box this is definitely a title I recommend checking out if you are at all interested in the genre. It is a breath of fresh air in an overcrowded sea of copycats. The visuals style is also such a delight that you won’t mind dying repeatedly until you finally master some of the game’s more challenging levels.
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WiiGaming Age
It's not something that I'd really like to hold against the game, as I'm sure there's a dedicated group of players that will have no trouble sinking the time into this game that would be required to collect all feathers and navigate Ivy to the end goal of every single stage, but I quickly grew frustrated with the one hit death system about halfway in, and even though the game offered up enough extra lives to keep me in the game, I could only take so many frustrating deaths before I was forced to plow through the end game without bothering to collect all the feathers like I had attempted to do from the start. It's certainly worth checking out for Wii owners, but at the same time the game can be so frustrating due to its unique control mechanics that I'm not sure how long you'll be able to keep your interest up for seeing Ivy through to the end.
75
WiiGaming Nexus
From the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog comes Ivy the Kiwi?, a cute little platformer/puzzler that takes players on a 100+ level adventure home. With its unique gameplay and cool art style, Ivy makes a great first impression. The game mechanics get a little tiring as the game goes on, but there's more than enough depth and challenge to warrant the purchase!
75
Wii1UP
Ivy the Kiwi?'s hybrid puzzle/create-a-platformer gameplay will appeal to anyone who appreciates a different kind of challenge on Wii. It's not heavy on strife, narrative, or story, but there are a considerable number of medals, feathers, and extra levels to collect even after you finish the game. So long as you don't mind guiding a hapless bird to the exit a couple hundred times, Ivy the Kiwi? is a gorgeous tale with a whole lotta heart.
75
WiiIGN
Ivy the Kiwi is definitely worth buying, though which version really depends on what type of gamer you are. I prefer the DS version because I like playing a few levels at a time when I'm out and about. But if you prefer the appeal of a bigger screen, and more multiplayer options, the Wii version is just as good. There's a demo for the game up on the Wii Channel. Check it out. You'll know immediately if you like the game, and whether you're willing to play 99 more levels of it.
75
WiiGameSpot
Ivy the Kiwi does a good job of using simple gameplay mechanics to create a layered, engaging adventure. Experienced players may find it quite easy in the early going, but there is a solid, satisfying challenge to be found in many of the later levels. Even though the blocky levels may make you yearn for more detailed, vibrant environments, the presentation still strikes a nice chord that is likely to please. Very reasonably priced at $29.99, Ivy the Kiwi has a good mix of charm and challenge, with unique visuals and clever gameplay that make it quite appealing.
75
WiiJeuxvideo.com
Ivy The Kiwi ? propose une aventure courte, mais néanmoins rafraîchissante et bien pensée. Malgré quelques bévues, la maniabilité simple et efficace fait des merveilles, nous offrant un jeu non indispensable, mais charmant et amusant, avec une difficulté adaptée et équilibrée.
75
Nintendo DSGame Freaks 365
Ivy the Kiwi is a simple game. There’s really not a lot to write about. If you liked Kirby: Canvas Curse, one of my personal favorite DS games, you will probably enjoy Ivy the Kiwi. Yuji Naka has proven that he still has it in him.
75
Nintendo DS1UP
While the lush tones and graphical flares of the Wii version make for a more aesthetically pleasing package by far, it should be noted that Ivy the Kiwi? controls wonderfully with the stylus. Drawing lines on the touchscreen is such a natural procedure that you'll probably find it easier to maneuver and collect feathers on the DS version. In that respect, it would probably be a better pick for completionists on a tight schedule; but I still hold that the "true" Ivy the Kiwi? experience is had on Wii.
75
Nintendo DSIGN
Ivy the Kiwi is definitely worth buying, though which version really depends on what type of gamer you are. I prefer the DS version because I like playing a few levels at a time when I'm out and about. But if you prefer the appeal of a bigger screen, and more multiplayer options, the Wii version is just as good. There's a demo for the game up on the Wii Channel. Check it out. You'll know immediately if you like the game, and whether you're willing to play 99 more levels of it.
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Nintendo DSJeuxvideo.com
Ivy The Kiwi ? propose une aventure courte, mais néanmoins rafraîchissante et bien pensée. Malgré quelques bévues, la maniabilité simple et efficace fait des merveilles, nous offrant un jeu non indispensable, mais charmant et amusant, avec une difficulté adaptée et équilibrée.
71
Nintendo DSMAN!AC
Sympathisch und kurzweilig: pfiffiges Jump’n’Run mit eintöniger Grafik – wäre aber auch im Download-Sektor gut aufgehoben.
70
Wiiinformaticien.be
Ivy the Kiwi est un jeu de plate-formes/réflexion plutôt accrocheur au final. Bien réalisé, et peu coûteux, ce titre unique sur Wii offre une expérience assez divertissante.
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Nintendo DSBrash Games
Yuji Naka’s work is nothing if not original. His games – featuring everything from jovial jesters to hurried hedgehogs – have delighted gamers for generations, inspiring many a modern designer in the process. Though currently detached from his most popular creation, Sonic The Hedgehog, it’s great to see the Japanese developer hasn’t lost his flair for creativity.
70
WiiCheat Code Central
I have to say, with all the violence and depravity that’s so commonplace in the industry these days, it’s refreshing to come across a game with such an air of innocence. Ivy may not be without its flaws, the biggest being that a seasoned gamer can blow through it in a couple hours and there’s not a whole lot of replay value, but if you have kids that want a quality platformer or you’re just a fan of puzzle-platformers yourself, Ivy’s a good bet.
70
Nintendo DSgamrReview
Ivy the Kiwi may not have the pomp and circumstance you imagine would accompany a Yuji Naka game, but it does have plenty of innovation and refreshing gameplay. It could even be argued that the elegance Yuji Naka built into this game shows how much he has matured as a developer since Sonic the Hedgehog. This doesn’t mean that Ivy the Kiwi is a flawless experience; the game does have some control issues. But, despite any flaws, it manages to be an enjoyable experience. If you are a platforming fan, which is probably why you bothered to read this review, then Ivy the Kiwi is a must own on the DS for $19.99 USD.
70
Nintendo DSGamestyle
Ivy the Kiwi? is a worthwhile additional to your DS library, but just don’t expect a classic. It jumps from being terribly easy to frustratingly difficult without ever finding a happy medium. It’s slow to start, but if you can overcome the misery certain levels will cause you, the game has plenty to offer. With 100 levels and 1000 feathers to collect, the completionist may get more out of the game than the casual gamer, but both will find something to enjoy.
70
Nintendo DSEurogamer.net (UK)
Look beyond the famous name, however, and Ivy the Kiwi? is a fresh, if limited, spin on the 2D platformer. If you're a leaderboard junkie, there's plenty of replay pleasure to be had as you chase down the best times for each level and find all the secrets. For everyone else, this remains a sweet-natured distraction that will last for a good few bus journeys, even if it won't necessarily linger in the memory too long after you've reached your destination.
70
Nintendo DSGameplanet
Ivy The Kiwi? was all over pretty quickly in my hands, but it was an enjoyable experience. The short nature of the levels, the apparent lack of a story with any meaning and the satisfyingly original play mechanic make it a great portable title.
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Nintendo DSGame Vortex
The level designers did a great job, and built in lots of interesting obstacles, but most players will just find getting through the later levels too tedious. Especially since there aren't any waypoints in longer levels, you'll just end up playing the darn thing over and over again. Perhaps if you have lightning reflexes and a steady, steady hand on the stylus, Ivy the Kiwi is just right for you. Most of us will find a few rough edges on this bird...
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WiiGamekult
Le multi se résume à des courses jusqu'au point d'arrivée en écran partagé, avec des vies infinies et la possibilité de dessiner des lignes sur le coin des adversaires pour les gêner. Le style visuel - un poil plus généreux en effets sur Wii - et les musiques, sans être inoubliables, collent bien à l'approche minimaliste du titre, dont les seuls véritables défauts sont sa brièveté pour ceux qui ne visent pas le perfect, son côté "jeu de lancement de la DS" qui jure un peu en 2010 et sa lisibilité limitée en multi. Agréable pour de petites parties occasionnelles mais loin d'être indispensable, en résumé.
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Nintendo DS411mania.com
I kind of feel what Ivy the Kiwi? was missing was letting you break out and play as Ivy and that would've been a lot more fun as you could run around and jump and travel through the levels rather than simply trying to enable or encourage Ivy with the stylus pen. That's more the style I look for in a platform with the stylus control being more of an added bonus or enhancement feature, but that's also personal opinion. The game does look perfectly acceptable and suitable for young children as a gateway game for the Nintendo DS.