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Original and cute adventure on the NES, but badly lack challenge and variety Bregalad (968) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Cute, sweet and a good challenge for inexperienced platformers like myself Asinine (1006) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
In my opinion, this is another NES game that TOTALLY RULES! Dark Cloud (35) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Kirby's Adventure = NES classic Weston Sharpensteen (32) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Still awesome after almost 15 years. Andy Social (18) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.0
Overall User Score (68 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Graphics are bright and happy: the tropical water looks inviting, the ice sends a chill, and the towering castles, which have some amazing scrolling effects, are sufficiently daunting. The music is almost always uplifting and extremely catchy. It isn’t going to offer much of a challenge, but that makes this excellent title accessible to everyone. It’s an absolute joy to play and is one of the brightest gems to come out of the NES’s twilight years.
Retro Game Reviews (Feb 21, 2016)
Kirby's Adventure is a gem in the NES library and it's clear that so much thought went into every little detail. It's a massive improvement to the already excellent Game Boy original and its sheer scale and beautiful, ever-changing level design make this an action-platformer you simply owe it to yourself to play.
Questicle.net (Jul 03, 2012)
As I was playing (quickly) through Kirby’s Adventure last night, I wondered if I would give this game a good score, simply because it was a Kirby game. After all, a strong argument can be made against the game’s lack of difficulty and brevity. I will say this: I don’t enjoy Kirby’s Adventure as much as I used to, but what does that mean? I don’t enjoy “Aladdin” as much as I did when I was seven years old, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great Disney movie. Both “Aladdin” and Kirby’s Adventure are well-crafted, enjoyable examples of art made for kids that adults can also enjoy. Who can argue with that?
NES Times (May 28, 2007)
It's easy to see the programmers put a lot of effort and care into this game, as Kirby's Adventure ranks as one of the best NES games ever. Everything about this game is first class, from the graphics to the gameplay and everything in between. While many of the stages won't make you break a sweat, the addictivness, charm, replayabiliy, and overall greatness of this game will ensure you make many visits to Dream Land. Overall, a great entry in the series and another great last-gen NES title that you should definetly not pass up. This game is an NES gamer's dream.
So what else can I say about this game? Well, it clearly shows off the true abilities of that 8-bit machine to which it resides. It ranks high among the best-looking games that the system has ever had to offer, and it's also a very accessible game for all. I'm glad that I asked for this game for Christmas back in 1993. Thankfully, I still have a copy that I can pop in my NES at any time and play until my hands are blistered. Do I recommend this game? Hell yeah.
To start with, I'll have to admit that I love Kirby games. The first Kirby game I played was Kirby's Dreamland and it was cool enough! Next I played Kirby's Adventure and it was mind blowing! The ability to suck in a baddie and take over it's power was an incredible idea. That's why I'm happy to say this...
What could have been the best platform game on the NES is tarnished by ease of play. However Kirby is arguably the best character on the NES ever!
Classic-games.net (Oct 04, 2021)
Kirby’s Adventure is the perfect swan song for the NES and a classic. Full of more depth and variety than most titles it is an incredible adventure that no Nintendo fan should go without. Kirby’s Adventure is the perfect swan song for the NES and a classic. Buy this game people, it rarely gets better than this.
Retro Game Age (Oct 10, 2014)
In spite of the game’s ease of difficulty and slightly short length I have no hesitation in recommending Kirby’s Adventure to anyone that is a fan of the genre. This is easily one of the best NES games of all time.
GamesCollection (Sep 27, 2010)
Kirby's Adventures è un titolo molto giocabile che merita ancora oggi. Lo stile grafico è molto semplice, ma avvincente. Gli effetti sonori e le musiche sono ben fatte e orecchiabili. Non fatevi ingannare dalla semplicità di questo titolo, perché se lo giudicate per questo sappiate che vi perderete un incredibile platform. Io lo consiglio vivamente a tutti. Giocateci e non ve ne pentirete. Divertimento assicurato!
Just Games Retro (Aug 10, 2003)
First you draw a circle, then you dot the eyes. Add a great big smile and presto, it's Kirby! Those are the detailed instructions at the beginning of Kirby's Adventure, the full color sequel to Kirby's Dreamland for the Gameboy, and they couldn't be more accurate. Simple you say? That's because Kirby is simplicity itself: a little pink creampuff eating things and kicking ass.
Kirby's has so many elements, sublevels and general cuteness that it really is an unmissable game. My only criticism is that the main sprite is too small and as such tends to get lost during the more hectic levels. Definitely the best NES game so far this year.
Game Freaks 365 (Nov 01, 2007)
I highly recommend you get this game, whether you get it for the NES or whether you decided to get the GBA remake of it. My opinion is that the NES version is just as, if not more, fun to play, and probably cheaper. It’s also a better game for its time, and a testament of what the NES was capable of.
The Game Hoard (Dec 02, 2018)
Giving Kirby the ability to suck up enemies and take their powers was a stroke of genius, one that Kirby’s Adventure embraces with a bit too much gusto. Feeling out how to integrate powers into the series leads to a few odd ducks like Ball and Light, but in general, they take the platforming design of Kirby’s Dream Land and enhance it quite a bit, making it possible to approach areas with different attack methods for a shifting and varied experience. Pushing the player to get in close to use their copied powers allows boss battles and even regular enemies to be somewhat dangerous even if some of the better abilities can tear through things fairly easily. On the whole, Kirby’s Adventure is an adorable adventure and a fun platformer that takes only a minor hit from taking both the visuals and the powers a bit too far for the game to adequately support.
Quebec Gamers (Dec 25, 2004)
Le dernier gros titre pour le NES. Le jeu est charmant, simple, et reprend un peu la recette des Mario afin de faire de Kirby une nouvelle mascotte pour Nintendo.
Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 08, 2010)
Kirby’s Adventure est le premier épisode à poser les bases de la série de manière aussi forte. Le concept est resté le même dans la plupart des jeux suivants, et on comprend pourquoi. Une jouabilité exemplaire, un héros au charisme improbable, on ne peut faire qu’une seule chose face à ce petit phénomène, jouer et rejouer encore. En 1992, Nintendo maîtrise le jeu de plates-formes et le démontre une nouvelle fois avec Kirby. Le jeu synthétise tous les bons côtés de la marque, en restant original et ingénieux. Il en oublie cependant un de taille : la difficulté, grande absente du titre.
Can Nintendo pick winners or what? Kirby's Adventure is an absolute blast to play! Kirby's ability to acquire techniques from eaten enemies is fantastic! Perfect play control and many levels are the icing on the cake. The colors, though very pastel, seem a little drab, but don't let that turn you away from a really fun game.
PGNx Media (Jun 15, 2002)
Overall, this game is good. Very good, in fact, but it doesn't offer everything we would have hoped for. I wanted to see more challenge and I would have appreciated better replay value and control. But, I like this game a lot and I still play it fondly to this day on my old NES.
RetroGame Man (May 04, 2017)
Overall, Kirby is a fine example of an NES game that has stood the test of time. It has great gameplay, excellent graphics, and most importantly – it is still a lot of fun to play. The slowdown is the only issue that I really have with it beyond feeling slightly short (although that might just be because I like playing it so much).
Total! (Germany) (May, 1994)
„Kirby's Adventure“ zeigt allen, die das NES schon am Ende sehen, daß es für Trauerkränze und Todesanzeigen noch etwas zu früh ist. Dieses Spiel ist ein echter Hit!
Overall, this is a great game for all of you NES-a-holics and retro gamers alike. Like mentioned above this game spawned a number of sequels. Kirby's Dreamland for the Game Boy, Kirby's Avalanche (a lousy Tetris knockoff) Kirby's Superstar, and my personal favorite, Kirby's Dream Course for the SNES. He even got a game on the N64 and made appearances in both Super Smash Bros. games. So there you have it. There's no reason not to buy this title.
Power Unlimited (Oct, 1994)
Kirby's Adventure is een van de betere games uit de laatste dagen van de NES. Er zijn vele mogelijkheden en dat in een stel enorm gevarieerde en lange levels. Voor de echte gamefreaks is het spel wel wat te makkelijk.
Nintendojo (Oct 17, 2006)
Kirby is a fun game and a must own for any platform game enthusiast. Many people consider it to be the best Kirby game ever created. I think Kirby's Dream Land 2 is better, but that's just my opinion. This is a good game for showing off the awesome power of the NES.
Wizard Dojo (Apr 15, 2018)
Kirby’s Adventure may have since been bettered by some of Kirby’s later, well, adventures (with Kirby repeating his ‘late to the party’ excellence on the SNES, N64 and Wii to great effect). But Kirby’s NES outing remains a definitive entry in the series. It’s Kirby in his purest form; blast through stages as the overpowered puffball, steal enemy abilities, and wreak havoc upon Kirby’s foes by giving them a taste of their own medicine. The formula may have been bettered with subsequent entries, but Kirby’s Adventure has aged gracefully, perhaps more so than any NES title that doesn’t have the names ‘Mario’ or ‘Mega Man’ attached.

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