Kirby's Avalanche (known as Kirby's Ghost Trap in British English) is a puzzle game developed by Compile, in collaboration with HAL Laboratory, that was released in 1995. It is a spinoff title and a direct modification of the Japanese puzzle game Super Puyo Puyo, except featuring Kirby characters. Due to its similarities to Super Puyo Puyo, this game was never released in Japan, making it the only Kirby game with this distinction.
|Welcome to Dream Land, a small and peaceful country situated on a far away little star. In Dream Land the local pastime is a puzzle game called "Avalanche." Kirby decided that since every Dream Lander plays the game, it would be a great idea to have a country-wide competition to determine who is the best player of all.
After months of organizing, the First Annual Dream Land's Avalanche Competition was finally announced. To be held at the Dream Fountain, this would be the biggest event in the history of Dream Land!
All the Dream Landers have been practicing, and all plan to attend and compete. Like Kirby, they have been dreaming sweet dreams of becoming the Avalanche Champion and claiming the highly sought after "Dream Fountain Cup."
The rules for the competition are quite simple: Everyone will travel by foot to the Dream Fountain. If, while on their journey, two Dream Landers happen to meet, they must challenge each other to an Avalanche match. Only the winner of the match may continue onward towards the Dream Fountain. In this way, the number of competitors will be whittled down to a manageable size before the final action at the Dream Fountain.
Can you help guide Kirby through the competition so he arrives successfully at the Dream Fountain? Can he rise above the grizzled veterans and achieve his dream of becoming the reigning champion? His fate is in your hands!
— Kirby's Avalanche manual
In Kirby's Avalanche, like in Puyo Puyo, certain groups of colored blobs fall from the top of the screen. The player must then rotate the groups (or formations) of blobs before they touch the bottom of the screen or the pile of blobs below so that matching colored blobs touch from above, below, and the right and/or left. Once four more same-colored blobs touch each other, they will disappear, and any blobs above them will fall down to fill in the empty space.
If Kirby manages to set off a chain reaction with these blobs, boulders will then fall onto the opponent's screen. The number of boulders that fall depends both on the number of blobs destroyed and the number of consecutive chain reactions if any. These boulders will only disappear if the player manages to pop a full group of blobs that are in direct contact with the boulders.
Notably, in the cut-scenes between each round, Kirby is shown trash-talking his opponents and speaking in full sentences. This is a very unique and strange occurrence; in the rest of the Kirby series, Kirby is not rude, and has never been known to speak outside of simple phrases, such as "hi" or "poyo". Instead, his behavior is more in line with the personality of Puyo Puyo's protagonist, Arle Nadja, who is replaced by Kirby in this game. As such, the game's storyline does not fall into the canon, and certainly does not reflect Kirby as a character in the main series.
During the Competition mode of the game, Kirby may face a total of 16 Bosses in the order presented. These bosses do not possess any special skills (apart from King Dedede, whose blobs make the ground shake, resulting in a purely visual effect), but their playing styles vary slightly, generally becoming faster and more aggressive as Kirby advances through the game.
It should be noted that Waddle Dee, Bronto Burt and Waddle Doo are exclusive to the game's Easy mode (and are the only opponents fought in that mode), while Poppy Bros. Sr., Whispy Woods and Kabu are exclusive to Normal mode. Individual battles are referred to as Lessons (in Easy mode) or Stages.
|Lesson 1||Waddle Dee||WADE||Kirby: Hi, Waddle Dee! Are you ready?!?||Waddle Dee never speeds up or turns any of its blobs while they are falling and appears to place them at random.|
|Enemy: Umm, can we just walk together? The forest scares me...|
|Kirby: Sorry, rules are rules!|
|Lesson 2||Bronto Burt||BRON||Enemy: Ah HA!! I have found my next victim!!||-|
|Kirby: Bronto Burt you bully, the pleasure will be all mine.|
|Enemy: Shut up and play!|
|Lesson 3||Waddle Doo||WADO||Enemy: You did not treat Waddle Dee with respect... Now I, Waddle Doo will repay you in kind!||-|
|Kirby: I don't think so!!|
|Stage 1||Poppy Bros. Sr.||PBSR||Enemy: Hi, Kirby! Want a bomb sandwich?||Like Waddle Dee, Poppy Bros. Sr. does not turn its blobs.|
|Kirby: I'll breathe in your pathetic bombs and send them right back at you!|
|Enemy: Stalemate... Okay, let's compete in a quick game of Avalanche!|
|Stage 2||Whispy Woods||WHIS||Enemy: Please don't tread on my roots, it would not be a wise decision.||Whispy always opens the battle by attempting to build four rows of blobs at the bottom.|
|Kirby: I feel like some apple pie!|
|Stage 3||Kabu||KABU||Kirby: Who blocked the path with this boulder?||-|
|Enemy: Your road to glory ends here|
|Kirby: OH!! Hi Kabu, are you ready for a game of Avalanche?|
|Stage 4||Broom Hatter||BRMH||Enemy: Oh what a mess! Must I clean up this entire forest?||Broom Hatter is the first opponent in Hard mode and fills the leftmost and rightmost column to the top at the beginning of the fight.|
|Kirby: I'd worry more about cleaning up your Avalanche skills first.|
|Enemy: Dust, dust, sweep... Huh?!??|
|Stage 5||Squishy||SQUI||Enemy: I know what your dream is! But King Dedede was saying-||-|
|Kirby: Go meddle in someone else's affairs, Squishy, I've got to get to the Dream Fountain.|
|Enemy: An eight-armed Avalanche for you then, Kirby!|
|Stage 6||Lololo & Lalala||LOLA||Kirby: To get this far you must have a-MAZE-ing skill Tee hee hee!!||-|
|Enemy: Oh yeah? Try and figure your way out of this!|
|Stage 7||Bugzzy||BUGZ||Enemy: ROOAAAAAAARRR!!!!!||-|
|Kirby: Oh, I'm soooo scared|
|Stage 8||Paint Roller||PAIN||Enemy: Let me paint you a lovely portrait...||-|
|Kirby: Oh, how sweet of yo-|
|Enemy: ...of you losing to me, HA HA HA!|
|Kirby: Paint Roller, you are the meanest art student I've ever met.|
|Enemy: Student? HA! I am the MASTER!!|
|Stage 9||Heavy Mole||HVYM||Enemy: I am Heavy Mole, watch while I undermine your precious dream!!||Heavy Mole is the first opponent fought at the Dream Fountain and focuses primarily on rapidly destroying blobs rather than forming big chain reactions.|
|Kirby: You are sneaky, but I will not be distracted by your under-handed tactics.|
|Stage 10||Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright||MS&B||Enemy: We rule both the night and the day!||-|
|Enemy: This leaves no time for you Kirby! Be gone!!|
|Kirby: I thrive at dusk and at dawn! I'll have you two fighting before the day is done.|
|Stage 11||Kracko||KRAC||Enemy: KRRR-RACKK!!!! Dance to my deadly music, or fry like a moth! HA HA!!||-|
|Kirby: You couldn't hit a barn sized lightning rod, Kracko!|
|Stage 12||Meta Knight||META||Enemy: None shall pass! En garde, Kirby!||Meta Knight is more skilled than other opponents at making a comeback when most of his playing field has been covered in rocks.|
|Kirby: But I have no sword!?!|
|Enemy: Oh, you're so right... Then Avalanche it is, ha ha ha ha!!!|
|Final Stage||King Dedede||DEDE||Enemy: Kirby!! Your dream has carried you far but here it ends.||When Dedede's blobs land, his half of the screen shakes slightly. This has no effect on gameplay, however.|
|Enemy: The Dream Fountain Cup will be mine!!|
|Kirby: Welcome King Dedede. And good luck to you too.|
- Whispy Woods is the 5th boss in this game rather than the first as in most other games.
- Sega released a game similar to this and Puyo Puyo two years earlier outside of Japan, called Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
- Waddle Doo is referred to as Waddle Dee's cousin, and Paint Roller is said to be an art student.
- Kabu is the only enemy whose abbreviation is the same as his name.
- Puyo Puyo, the series from which this game is derived, at Hard Drop Tetris Wiki
- Kirby's Avalanche on Kirby Informer