Ivy the Kiwi? Reviews (Wii)

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Nintendo Life (Aug 23, 2010)
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.
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.
Nintendojo (Sep 09, 2010)
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.
Video Game Talk (Aug, 2010)
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.
Spazio Games (Nov 11, 2010)
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.
411mania.com (Sep 25, 2010)
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.
Defunct Games (Oct 21, 2010)
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!
Game Shark (Oct 11, 2010)
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.
Game Revolution (Sep 13, 2010)
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.
NintendoWorldReport (Sep 11, 2010)
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.
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.
Gaming Age (Sep 03, 2010)
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.
Gaming Nexus (Sep 07, 2010)
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!
1UP (Aug 25, 2010)
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.
IGN (Sep 01, 2010)
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.
GameSpot (Aug 27, 2010)
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.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 19, 2010)
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.
Nintendo-Online.de (Nov 10, 2010)
„Ivy the Kiwi?“ ist ein lustiges Geschicklichkeitsspiel für Klein und Groß mit einer zuckersüßen Optik und über einhundert herausfordernder Missionen. Wirklich abwechslungsreich ist das Spielkonzept zwar nicht und der Mehrspielermodus ist auch nicht erwähnenswert, doch das Spielgeschehen ist die ganze Zeit fordernd und macht einfach Spaß. Da der Preis mit etwa 30 Euro auch nicht sonderlich hoch ist, kann man durchaus mal einen Blick riskieren.
Jeuxpo.com (2010)
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.
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.
Gamekult (Nov 19, 2010)
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.