Kirby's Dream Course
Imagine: You're golfing, and you're ready to swing. It's a tough shot because two large trees stand between you and the hole. You shoot, the ball sails...then suddenly it turns into a blaze of electricity and plows through both trees! Now you have an idea what's in store for you with Kirby's Dream Course.
ProTip: Use a gentle stroke when trying to land the ball on a hill. Don't bounce the ball; it may pass over the slope and roll down the other side.
Kirby in One
Kirby's still after King Dedede, but this time they battle it out on the greens. With the help of Kracko, Gordo, and Wispy Woods (Kirby's archenemies from previous games), King Dedede is ready to hit the links against Kirby.
Kirby can only hope that the tide-and the putting green -- will turn his way... literally. You must guide Kirby into holes like a golf ball, but the holes are guarded by enemies, spikes, pools of water, and spinning tiles that redirect him. On top of that, all the courses are set in midair, so one wrong shot, and you're permanently off the green.
Use the rebounding retainer wall to your advantage. Bank shots to take out as many enemies as possible.
The controls are simple: You aim Kirby and plan his trajectory. He can also power up to destroy obstacles, run clear of sand traps, and float gently right into the hole. Shooting accurately can be tricky, however. Sometimes you'll swear you sunk a putt only to see the ball glance off the rim.
Kirby Putts Things Right
The graphics are just what you'd expect from this puff ball. Bright, colorful, and funny, the visuals are faithful to the Kirby tradition established on the NES and Game Boy.
The sound is Kirby-esque as well. Cute music and funny special effects accompany every shot, and though they're not for everybody, the sounds do enhance the game.
For the Birdie
If you're not a Kirby fan, you'll definitely miss the hole with this game. Kirby and his special powers are everywhere, barreling through trees, skimming off the surface of water, and blowing up enemies.
But if you like the Kirby series, there's nothing else you need to know about Dream Course. It's just as fun as the previous titles, with lots of color and kooky gameplay. Being a fan of miniature golf (C'mon, admit it!) will also help you love this wildly amusing game. Kirby gets a birdie.