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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (2015) is a rolling, dashing and jumping game where you draw rainbow ropes for Kirby to follow. You journey through the clay world on a mission to restore the colour that has been drained by a mysterious force. You are guided along by your paintbrush friend, fighting enemies, destroying bosses and avoid hazards.

Unlike other platform games, you use the stylus and the Wii U GamePad touchscreen to progress through the levels. You draw lines that determine which direction Kirby will roll, fall and dash. These ink lines can also block lasers, enemies and other hazards. However, you need to be careful how you draw as the ink runs out if you use too much in a short period of time.

As you progress you collect stars. These are strategically placed in rows which you can guide Kirby to dash along with your ink. Collect enough of the stars and you can use the StarDash power-up which temporarily increases your size, your speed and strength.

There are hidden treasure chests in the levels which contain music tracks and clay figures of classic Kirby characters. For certain levels, you can use specific Amiibo characters which will give you abilities or power-ups such as more health bars or increased speed.

This game has a playing style similar to one of the previous Kirby games, Kirby Canvas Curse (2005) for the Nintendo DS, where you also had to use a stylus to draw a path for Kirby. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is unique, however, because of its clay-like visuals and longer levels. It is suitable for the family to play together or as a solo adventure.

Our examiner, Hannah Robertson, first checked Kirby and the Rainbow Curse 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 15 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Adventure, Collecting, Creative and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. 3 more players can join in Kirby's adventure by connecting Wii Remotes or Wii U Pro controllers. These players can join in and drop out whenever they like in the levels and are given a different ability to Kirby. The additional players play with a character that runs along the rainbow lines and assists Kirby with their spear in his mission to save Dreamland. They can carry Kirby on their head and run to help him through difficult levels or play competitively and see who can collect the most stars.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

In the US, ESRB state: Players transform into various vehicles that fire projectiles at enemy creatures. Enemies generally cry out and disappear amid puffs of smoke when defeated.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The line-drawing mechanic means that younger players can enjoy this without having to worry about buttons.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/02/2015

Out Now: Wii U

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure, Collecting, Creative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 6 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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