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Yoshi's Woolly World (2015) is a running and jumping game where you play a character in a world made of wool and other craft materials. You explore, jump and run your way around, solving puzzles and collecting items to complete each stage. It stands out for its welcoming play style and endearing ways to interact with the world - like pulling apart stitching or hiding behind fabric.

The villain Magikoopa Kamek turns all the Yoshis into bundles of yarn for his master Baby Bowser and scatters them across all the worlds. Players control the two Yoshis that manage to avoid being transformed and set off to rescue their woolly friends.

Yoshi now creates and throws yarn balls that he can use to clear blocked paths, tangle up enemies, or knit together platforms and warp pipes. Players can tug at stray yarn to unravel walls, reveal hard-to-reach areas and possibly find hidden collectibles.

The 3DS/2DS game is called Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World and adds some additional levels and the Poochy side-kick, but it is only single-player. The 3DS game offers enhanced assistance for young players as well as a Yoshi designer where you can draw your own colours and patterns on your character.

Our examiner, Rich Adams, first checked Yoshi's Woolly World 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks 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 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Players all play on the same screen with either Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller or Wii U GamePad. In the two-player co-op mode, one Yoshi can swallow and spit out the other, enabling them to reach new areas together.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3. There is some violence in the game, but this is all very mild. For example, Yoshi can eat up enemies and spit them out like balls of yarn. Yoshi can also jump on their heads or throw yarn balls at them. Enemies all fall apart into yarn.

Skill Level

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The two-player game mode lets very young players participate and get help from more skilled players. There are also badges you can unlock to make it easier and a Mellow Mode ideal for super young players.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
To unlock new characters amiibo figures can be placed on the switch to be used in the game. They are sold separately. There are special plush Yoshi amiibo that activate "Double Yoshi" in single-player mode. You can also use all the other amiibos to unlock different pattern outfits for your character.

The 3DS version supports the Poochy amiibo that unlocks more time attack modes and special skins. You can also use the amiibo to bring Poochy into a level to help you (which you can do without the amiibo once it is unlocked in the game). 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 2017

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and Wii U

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

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

Accessibility: 15 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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