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Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010) is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character who can absorb enemies to gain their abilities and powers. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming skills to collect seven pieces of magic yarn that are used to stitch Patch Land back together.

Play is the usual running, jumping and stomping on enemies. Only here both protagonist and baddies are made of yarn, fabric, and other craft materials. Instead of being able to inhale enemies or fly, you can morph into other objects to gain new abilities: a parachute, a car, and a submarine, as well as larger objects such as a tank and a steam train.

Kirby can move faster by turning into automotive vehicles while on the ground, and he transforms into a submarine when going underwater. Some levels feature special transformations that give Kirby unique abilities, like the missile-launching tank, a fire truck and a steam train.

Each stage is completed by getting to the exit on the right. But along the way, your task is to collect beads to gain one of four different ranking medals (wood, bronze, silver or gold). The beads can be used to purchase furniture and wallpaper for Kirby's apartment between levels. If you get hit by enemies you lose your beads but you can't ever completely die.

A 3DS version of the game, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, was released in 2019. This introduced a new difficulty level, Devilish Mode that makes it possible to die and have to restart the level. At the same time, even on Devilish Mode, the 3DS version makes things easier with new ravel abilities to help you on your way. It also offered Amiibo support, as using any Kirby-related Amiibo figure will grant players new hats and abilities. It was re-released digitally on the Wii U and followed up with Yoshi's Woolly World and Yoshi's Crafted World

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Kirby's Epic Yarn 2 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 Collecting, Puzzle and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The Wii version enables you to play with another person, but the 3DS doesn't include this feature. One player can pick up the other player to mess with them (or help them). In the large vehicle moments, the two players have different roles like steering and shooting. At the end of the level, you are told who won and got more beads.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete. It can take towards 30 hours to find everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is Rated PEGI 3 for occasional, very mild violence in a comical or abstract context. Characters are made out of colourful cloth and vanish when hit. This game has a very light-hearted theme/style.

Skill Level

3+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young players enjoy playing without having to worry about dying. A more experienced parent or sibling can help them in two-player mode - they can stand on each other and carry each other. The crafted fabric world can often lead to wanting to make crafty things after playing. The narrative segments are voiced by a television-sounding voice actor.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii and 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.
The 3DS version uses Amiibo purchased separately to grant players new hats and abilities. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 18 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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