I get that thing sometimes where if I play Tetris 99 before bed, I go to sleep seeing falling blocks. It messes me up because it's like my mind won't stop going when I'm trying to settle down. And the same applies to Overwatch. I'm back into Overwatch hard, but if I play until bedtime, I end up seeing the fast pace action when I shut my eyes. It's no good.
So sometimes I just need to cleanse the pallet and play something light before bed. Y'know what's a good game for that? Kirby's Adventure.
I didn't actually play the old 8-bit Kirby games when they were new. In fact, I didn't really explore the Kirby series until the Dream Collection was released on Wii. I remember finding a brand new sealed copy of the big box edition on a deep discount. I kind of wish I hadn't been so hasteful in getting rid of that thing - it seems to go for a much prettier penny these days. But alas, I'm fickle. Live and learn.
That said, Kirby's Adventure is one of the Switch Online "free" NES games so I kind of stumbled into playing it again last night. It's been a good five or more years since I last played it and once again I was impressed.
HAL Labs really knew how to squeeze a lot out of minimal hardware. On that note, anyone who hasn't played their Ghostbusters game on Game Boy needs to rectify that. But I'm not talking about Ghostbusters, I'm talking about Kirby's Adventure.
I don't know how you could discuss this game without using the word CHARM. It oozes charm. It's just a wonderfully cute game that makes me smile. But what's most impressive is how much is going on here. Sure it's a late NES game, but still. I'm amazed at all the crazy detail and the mechanic of swallowing enemies to gain their powers - it's just great stuff.
I doubt I'll play this one through to the end however. Not that I'm not enjoying myself. I am big time. But like I said, this is more of a twenty minute pallet cleanser game for me. Cute, lighthearted, fun and most importantly - devoid of the stress that comes from playing a more competitive game.