YOSHI'S CRAFTED WORLD
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 4, 2019
Do you remember a game called Yoshi's Woolly World for the Nintendo Wii U? It was released in 2015 and, to me at least, it was the best Yoshi game I ever played! Yes, it felt a little bit clunky from time to time, but it looked so damn cute! So, naturally, I thought there could never be a better Yoshi game. But, to quote a certain famous secret agent; Never say never. Because now, four years later, there's a contender to the throne of cuteness: Yoshi's crafted world!
Yoshi's Crafted World is created totally out of paper, tape and other materials children would normally use to build their fantasy world. Well, in the game it's made up out of digital paper of course, but I can imagine the producer of this game trying to challenge his development team by throwing all kinds of paper, cardboard and empty cartons on the table and tell them that, if they can create something in real paper they can digitize it. I am still kind of hoping that this was actually the case. I can imagine the meetings:
"Okay... hmmm... you! Let's see what you have built this week."
a developer at the table stands up, looking nervous.
"Well, I had my kid make this tower out of milk cartons..."
the sound of faint sniggering is heard from around the table
The producer claps his hands.
"Brilliant! That's going in the game!"
applause all round!
I just think that kind of meeting would be a lot of fun to attend. Plus, the game looks like they actually tried to build the environments by hand, because everything (apart from the characters themselves) really looks like something you could build yourself. Hm, that might just be a very good idea for a rainy Sunday afternoon...
In Yoshi's Crafted World, we travel to a happy island were all kinds of Yoshis are living together, having fun and dancing around a beautiful and happy Sunstone. But all this happiness quickly comes to an end when Kamek and Baby Bowser pay a visit to the island and try to steal the Sunstone. The Yoshis try to prevent this from happening but during the tug of war that ensues between the two parties, the Sunstone is catapulted across the island and loses its five colorful gemstones. This is a case for a heroic Yoshi! You can choose now the Yoshi in you favorite color (I chose the pink one, of course) and you're off on an epic adventure to collect the gemstones and restore the Sunstone to its former glory.
As you might be aware of by now, each level that you visit is created totally out of paper. You'll see bushes and trees made out of paper and cardboard and buildings are made out of milk cartons with painted paper glued to it. Now, when you first start a level, it already looks awesome and colorful. But here comes the kicker! Levels also have a flipside. This means the level is flipped from left to right, giving you a good view of the back of the environment. It isn't until this point that you can actually fully appreciate the level of detail that went into making Yoshi's Crafted World.
As kids normally do, the back of buildings, trees and bushes isn't painted, or even covered in paper. This gives you a good view of the crafting materials used to build the level and looks absolutely awesome. It's a bit like going behind the scenes of a cool ride and seeing how it was all put together. this game. You'll visit the normal side of the story levels first, after which you can choose to play the flipside mode to collect Poochy Pups. After that, you'll get all kinds of side missions, which are kind of treasure hunts in which you collect certain items. These missions can be played in both the front side or the flip side view.
Collecting items is a big part of the game. You'll need to find Smiley Flowers, which you'll need to gain entry to the next world. You can also collect hearts and red coins, for which you'll be rewarded with additional flowers. Plus, there are a lot of regular golden coins to collect. Collect a hundred in a level will also grant you an additional Smiley Flower. You should always try to collect as many golden coins as you can, because they can also be used to buy costumes. These costumes are quite important because, apart from making you look extra fancy, they also serve as armor, so you can take a certain amount of damage without actually losing health. I already collected some really awesome outfits like a coffee milk cup, sheep cartons and a Mouser outfit! But, without a doubt, the best thing about these costumes is the place you buy them from: A toy capsule vending machine! These vending machines contain 10 different costumes, ranging from normal to rare to extra rare! Because you can't select specific costumes, you just put in your coins and hope for the best!
You can play Yoshi's Crafted World in two modes; Classic mode, which is a bit harder and is great for people who like their game to be more challenging and Mellow mode, in which Yoshi can fly indefinitely. Trust me when I say that being able to do this makes playing the game a lot easier. Now I know there are tons of people out there that wouldn't even consider this mode but, if I'm totally honest, I really love Mellow Mode! I don't care about people saying you're not a real gamer if you pick the easy option; Mellow mode is awesome!
I love this game so much! It's really cool that you can play it just the way you like. Apart from the choice in difficulty, you can also choose how much of the available side missions to play. If you just want to play the main story missions, that's fine. But it's great to replay the levels more than once to find all the collectibles. Plus, when you find that specific item, you get the option to either keep playing or to turn back to the map without having to make your way to the finish.
The only conclusion I can come to is that Yoshi's Crafted World is another great addition for the Nintendo Switch and, personally, I think all the Nintendo fans have a bit of a weak spot for Yoshi. The level design of the game itself is truly great and the controls are super smooth. I loved every second of it and I can't wait to return this colorful paper world. So I'm signing off now; I'm going to fold myself a fancy paper airplane and fly back to Yoshi's Crafted World!