Kirby's Dream Land

released on Apr 27, 1992

The gluttonous King Dedede has stolen all of the food from the inhabitants of Dream Land for a midnight feast, so Kirby, a resident of Dream Land, goes to retrieve the food and stop Dedede. Kirby's Dream Land plays like other platformers of the 8-bit and 16-bit era of video games: Kirby must use various natural abilities and occasionally external abilities or items while heading toward the goal at the end of each level. Like many 1980s-era platformers, the player can accumulate points, with an extra life granted when the player has enough points. However, because Kirby lacks a save function, scores are not recorded. Also, there are no save files, so the player has to start over again when the Game Boy is turned off, if the player chooses to return to the title screen after a Game Over, or if the player resets the game. All levels are played on a two-dimensional plane, letting Kirby move only left, right, up, and down. Kirby can walk, jump, and fly. Kirby can also inhale objects and enemies, swallowing them or spitting them out as projectiles.

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No copy abilities and it still kicks ass

Kirby's Dream Land is a pretty alright experience. I'm surprised that it's the first Kirby game and not the second, given that it feels like a simplified spin-off, sort of like Super Mario Land.

You control Kirby, who can Inhale enemies to spit them back out, and Float endlessly over terrain, but not much else. Kirby didn't debut with his iconic Copy ability, so the controls are quite simple. Added to that, there are only 5 levels, so the whole experience takes less than an hour to finish the first time around.

With all that said, there's not much to complain about here. It's a simple game, and it does well for what it is. But it doesn't light my world on fire, and I wouldn't have been asking for a sequel if I didn't know what other plans they had for Kirby in the future.

The second video game i ever played, great memories so far
I think it was a very nice starting point

It’s good, but the restraints of the game boy definitely hold it back, especially compared to dreamland 2.

You know, for a first entry it's pretty neato.

I feel like the short length would've been a pretty big detracting factor back in the day when you actually had to like, PAY to play this crud, but nowadays it's kind just neato being able to get through this whole shindig in like 20 minutes and say that you've experienced Kirby history.

The game is obviously simple but still pretty fun, I like how it really feels like you're on a quest to Dedede's castle rather then just going through a bunch of random levels just because, enemies and bosses are creative, music is iconic, and extra mode gives some fun replay value.

Not much inherently wrong with this one, but also not much that will make you shit your pants from excitement.