Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Wii U Review

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush is a colourful platformer that see’s you play the role of Kirby and of course the magical paintbrush in a bid to return colour to the once glorious Dream Land.  With all the power delegated to your stylus pen, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush mixes things up a little and tries new things.  Does it succeed is ultimately the question?


Kirby begins with a rather colourful introduction in Dream Land who is playing together with Waddle Dee when a mysterious hole in the sky appears and drains the entire colour from the land, and essentially freezes everyone in their tracks.  Elline, a tiny paintbrush fairy escapes from the hole in the sky and falls to the land below, and with a quick touch of paint restores life to Kirby and Waddle Dee.  It is here where your adventure begins and will involve restoring colour to all of the land.


Unlike previous games you don’t actually control Kirby with the thumb stick at all. In fact, you use your stylus to touch Kirby and send that little pink puff ball rolling away.  The games main control mechanism is that of the stylus pen and it all comes down to how effectively you use it on the Wii U game pad.  It’s definitely the sort of game I would have expected to be more at home on the New Nintendo 3DS, but the Wii U does also work equally as well, except you won’t be looking at the television screen at all.


The use of your stylus is key to surviving the 28 stages in Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush.  You will find yourself drawing platforms, hills, loops and more to guide Kirby along his journey and most of the time Kirby won’t even touch the ground.  You can use your stylus to also block projectiles and reach hard areas to collect as many stars as possible.  It’s a lot of fun, and you can tackle a certain area many different ways with ease.

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush is filled with some challenging bosses, traps and puzzles that can be tough but ultimately rewarding when you solve them.  However with a magnitude of free lives around the place, you’ll never run out of opportunities to retry each level over and over again.  Each stage is also a solid length and probably by comparison to previous Kirby titles it errs on the long side.


Personally one of the drawbacks for Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush was the fact that Kirby requires 100% use of the stylus and the gamepad which ultimately means you don’t get to look at the TV much at all, if at all.  It is an important point to mention as you’re not using the gamepad and stylus on occasion; it’s a major control method so for those gamers expecting a traditional Kirby experience will be best suited to look elsewhere. 


Colour.  That’s right lots and lots of colour is what Kirby instantly bamboozles you with and it’s always pleasing to the eyes.  From the details on the characters, to the landscapes, backgrounds and more, there is never a dull moment.  All of the characters have that hand made from plasticine feel to them, and its these small touches that give Kirby its uniqueness. 



Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush is a bright and colourful, charming and pleasing plat forming title.  With a host of levels and great puzzles, you’ll have a blast drawing, slicing and rolling all over Dream Land till your heart is content. 


Written by

Paul Barbara

I've been an avid gamer since I was 5 and owned almost all systems possible in that time. I love podcasting, having produced over 280 episodes over the last 7 years and I get a real buzz out of discussing all this gaming news with other gamers. So tune in!

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