After the unimaginative slugfest that was Yoshi’s New Island, I was eagerly awaiting something new and fresh for the next Yoshi game. Woolly World came completely out of left field in Nintendo’s conference, and I wasn’t too enthralled. But the hands on demo changed my opinion completely as it has the potential to become the best family friendly co op game for the Wii U.
The game uses an art style similar to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but instead uses wool to shape the world (in case the title didn’t give it away). The game allowed two player co op where two Yoshi’s could run about together exploring sharing the same screen, eating and throwing each other as they go. A lot of the puzzles involved using this ability later on as platforms could only be reached by throwing someone up to them, making the co op feel less mindless and more like actual teamwork.
The demo had three distinct levels each with their own gimmicks and specialties, the most entertaining involved the eggs creating a trail of cloud wool that could be run across to explore the environment and reach secret flowers. If the full game manages to expand on the concepts shown in the demo then the game looks like it’s shaping up to be a fantastic co op romp throw a wacky woolly world.
You can also view the game as a Yoshi genocide simulator, in which Yoshi comes crashing into this happy peaceful world and proceeds to kill every living organism before stealing everyone’s babies and throwing them around the place. Bit dark when you think about it.