Kirby's Block Ball

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Box cover in NA.
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Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) 1995
Platform(s) Game Boy
Game Chronology
<-- Kirby's Dream Land 2 Kirby Super Star -->
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Kirby's Block Ball, known in Japan as カービィのブロックボール (Kābī no Block Ball, meaning Kirby's Block Ball), is a Breakout-style game for the Game Boy. As it is a spin-off, it strays away from the normal Kirby platforming style. It is a breakout-style game featuring enemies, boss battles, and sub-games.

Story and information

King Dedede steals the five Sparkling Stars and hides them inside his castle. Kirby flies his Warp Star up to Blockworld and conquers each stage in an attempt to reach Dedede. After he clears all ten border lines, a bridge to the castle forms, and the hero defeats his nemesis. The Sparkling Stars destroy Dedede's stronghold and reveal that a fountain is built on its foundation. Kirby dances in the fountain's gushes as the credits role.

In each stage, Kirby bounces around in an area filled with blocks and enemies. When Kirby collides with a block or enemy, it is KO'd. When enemies are KO'd, they transform into a treat, which give bonus points. Some, however, transform into panels that affect the blocks in the area. The player moves onto the next round when the blocks and enemies are all cleared. There are 11 stages in the game -- the last one is unlocked by clearing the border line on each level. Items and power-ups appear in the stages to help Kirby succeed. These include bombs to destroy certain blocks, panels that switch the color of the blocks on the screen, panels that split Kirby into two Kirbys, and more.

Gameplay

Kirby bounces around a field littered with blocks and enemies. He can destroy the blocks and enemies by touching them. The object of the game is to keep Kirby in play by bouncing him against four paddles on the top and bottom, and left and right sides of the screen. When all blocks are eliminated, Kirby moves onto the next level. Enemies KO'd by Kirby are turned into tasty treats, which give the player bonus points if obtained. There are also several copy abilities to be found if Kirby hits certain enemies, which aid him in destroying blocks.