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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.
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.
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A fairly priced, creative platforming game that is definitely worth checking out.
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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.
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.
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.
Game 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sympathisch und kurzweilig: pfiffiges Jump’n’Run mit eintöniger Grafik – wäre aber auch im Download-Sektor gut aufgehoben.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.