For many years, Nintendo have created several franchises to accommodate to every kind of gamer. The Yoshi series, which began as a sequel to the legendary Super Mario World, is an example of a platformer that combines cute visuals with easy to learn and hard to master gameplay mechanics. After being teased at E3 in 2017, Yoshi has now arrived on the Nintendo Switch in an adventure titled Yoshi’s Crafted World. All that remains to be asked is if the green dinosaur’s new adventure a finely crafted masterpiece, or if the game needs to be taken back to the old chalk drawing board.
After the gems that power the mystical Sundream Stone of Yoshi Island are stolen by the evil Baby Bowser and his loyal minion Kamek, it is up to the Yoshis to retrieve them before their home loses its creative power. Instead of rigidly sticking to the 2D plane as in previous titles, Yoshi’s Crafted World shifts into the 2.5D plane, allowing you to interact with the environment to solve puzzles and find rare artefacts to earn bonus items to add to your collection. This expansion certainly works to the game’s advantage, allowing new types of puzzles that work in a 3D space. One of the highlights of these are timer based enemy defeat challenges that will require pin point accuracy to complete successfully.
The gameplay of Yoshi’s Crafted World retains the same formula that has been used since Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island back in 1992. Controlling one of the eight different breeds of Yoshi, the player must guide their dinosaur through several side scrolling stages, collecting several kinds of items, red coins and Smiley Flowers along the way. In order to collect certain items or defeat certain enemies, it is necessary to swallow enemies to produce egg projectiles, or collect them from various dispensers placed around the landscape.