Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, known as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in British English, is the sole Kirby title released for the Wii U in 2015. The game is distinct in that everything is rendered with a clay motif, with the opening cut-scene even being an actual claymation. Known as a spiritual successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse, the game's genre is called a "touch platformer", and involves guiding Kirby through stages by drawing lines for him to ride upon to help him avoid hazards, collect items, and battle enemies. Almost all gameplay is handled by use of the Wii U Game Pad's touch screen, with additional players joining in using an external controller such as a Wii remote.
In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby is called to adventure when his home planet Popstar has all its color (and hence, life) stolen by Claycia - a talented magical sculptor gone bad - who uses the color to build the seven distinct worlds of Seventopia. Claycia's former friend Elline finds and repaints Kirby and Waddle Dee so they can help her stop Claycia's machinations and try to knock some sense into her. The three battle their way through each world of Seventopia and confront Claycia in her palace in Purple Fortress, where they soon realize that she is being controlled by a malevolent entity named Dark Crafter. After freeing Claycia from this monster, Kirby chases after and defeats Dark Crafter, and is thanked by Claycia who restores Popstar to its old vibrancy.
One day on Popstar, Kirby was about to eat an apple. However, the apple rolled down a hill, so Kirby ran and eventually rolled to try to get the apple. The apple landed in the water, but Kirby crashed into Bandana Waddle Dee. Meanwhile, a shine of light appeared in the sky. It turns out that the light was taking away all of the color in Dream Land, which left everything frozen and helpless.
The color was stolen because Claycia used it to create seven worlds (otherwise known as "Seventopia"). Meanwhile, Elline arrived at Dream Land while she was chased by two Grab Hands. As the Grab Hands are getting closer to the paintbrush fairy, Elline turned into a paintbrush to revive Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee, urging them to help her. As a result, Kirby got Elline out of the way of the Grab Hands, while Bandana Waddle Dee used his spear to send them away. After that, Elline told Kirby that the color was stolen from Dream Land, so Kirby could not eat the apple. Elline also told Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee to come to Seventopia and get the stolen color back, and they agreed. The paintbrush fairy drew a Rainbow Rope to Seventopia for Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee to follow.
After traveling through Seventopia, Kirby, Bandana Waddle Dee, and Elline arrived and met Claycia. Elline tried to convince Claycia to reconcile, but Claycia rejected her. After Kirby defeated Claycia, Claycia became normal again, and it seemed as though they can bring color back to Dream Land. However, Dark Crafter, who had been controlling Claycia throughout the story, appeared, and it flew out. Claycia offered to help Kirby and Elline by transforming Kirby into Kirby Rocket to defeat Dark Crafter once and for all. It worked, and Claycia and Elline created a Warp Star for Kirby to travel back to Dream Land. When they arrived, Claycia and Elline brought the color back, and Kirby received a lot of apples from them in return.
The gameplay in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is similar to Kirby: Canvas Curse. To create Rainbow Rope for Kirby to roll on, the player draws on the GamePad's touch screen. Tapping Kirby can allow him to spin dash to defeat enemies. However, there are no copy abilities in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Also, when the player taps and holds Kirby when he has 100 point stars, he can do a Star Dash, which allows him to dash through metal blocks. In the game, Kirby has four health bars. Kirby can collect Treasure Chests that contain figurines and music. Finally, at the end of the level, Kirby has to draw a rainbow rope and make contact with the orbs of the roulette wheel while said orbs spin around in a circle. He can collect 1-Ups, point stars, or a Secret Diary page.
On some levels, Kirby can transform into Kirby Tank, Kirby Submarine, and Kirby Rocket. In the Tank transformation, tapping Kirby moves him forward, while tapping everywhere else causes Kirby to shoot at that location. If Kirby has 100 point stars, the player can tap and hold a location to fire a lot of bullets. In the Submarine transformation, Kirby automatically fires missiles, but the player can direct the missiles by drawing a path. Tapping and holding Kirby when he has 100 point stars lets him fire a more powerful missile. In the Rocket transformation, Kirby automatically flies in a set direction, but drawing a rainbow rope can guide him. When the player taps and holds Kirby when he has 100 point stars, Kirby dashes powerfully in a similar manner to a Star Dash.
On some levels, Kirby can enter challenge rooms. Kirby has 15 seconds to collect the treasure chest. Sometimes, Kirby has to defeat all of the enemies or collect all of the point stars before getting the treasure chest.
There are many stage elements in each level. Rings can cause Kirby to dash forward. Clear, invisible blocks immediately disappear once Kirby rolls onto them. The "gray-area" returns, which prevents the player from drawing rainbow ropes. Kirby can also be shot out of cannons.
Multiplayer is available in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. The other players play as Bandana Waddle Dee and his color variants. Bandana Waddle Dee can use his spear to attack enemies and can carry Kirby. However, when the Waddle Dees are in play, Grab Hands appear in some sections, which only they can defeat.
amiibo are also supported in this game, which give Kirby different powers. When the Kirby amiibo is used, Kirby can Star Dash even without 100 point stars. Kirby wears a belt with a star. When the Meta Knight amiibo is used, Kirby can dash faster, and he gains Meta Knight's mask. When the King Dedede amiibo is used, Kirby gains an additional two health bars, so he starts a level with six health bars. However, amiibo can only be used in one stage once per day.
Much of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse takes place in Seventopia, with each level being a separate region defined by a particular color of the rainbow. Each level has four stages, with the last one being the boss stage (albeit with a little more to it than just the fight). The following table lists each level in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
|The Adventure Begins
Up the Big Ol' Tree
Great Cave Escape
The Forest of Whispy Woods
|Whispy Woods||No transformations occur in this level.|
|Dig and Dash
Deploy the Kirby Tank!
The Long-Lost Ruins
Hooplagoon, Relic of the Ruins
|Hooplagoon||The Kirby Tank is first seen here.|
|Swept Out to Sea
The Haunted Ship
Kirby Submarine's Torpedo Time
The Claykken's Lair
|The Claykken||The Kirby Submarine is first seen here.|
|Rainbow Across the Skies
The Wild Red Yonder
Kirby Rocket's Big Blastoff
Sky-High Whispy Woods
|Whispy Woods (reprise)||The Kirby Rocket is first seen here.|
Deep-Divin' Kirby Submarine
Hooplagoon of the Lake
Back to the Battleship
The Claykken's Sea of Fire
|The Claykken (reprise)|
|Infiltrate the Junk Factory!
Kirby + Kirby
The Final Battle
|Claycia & Dark Crafter||The Kirby Rocket is used during the last boss fight.|
- Story Mode follows the story plot. In each level (excluding boss levels), there are four or five treasure chests for Kirby to collect. The treasure chests contain figurines and music.
- Challenge Mode contains 48 challenge rooms for Kirby. Kirby has 15 seconds each in each section to collect the treasure chests. One-Minute Challenges have four sections to complete. Survival Challenges have 12 sections to complete, but if Kirby does not collect the treasure chest in one of the sections, the challenge automatically ends.
- Figurine Showcase shows all of the unlocked figurines. There are figurines of the protagonists, enemies, and even characters from other Kirby games.
- Secret Diary contains Elline's secret diary pages. The diary is about the plot as well as Kirby's life in her perspective.
- Music Room contains music from this game as well as the unlocked music from past Kirby games.
|A naive but powerful pink creature who makes his home on Popstar. For whatever reason, he has decided to roll around like a ball instead of walking, hovering, or inhaling his enemies. Instead, he tackles his opponents using his Touch Dash and can use a more powerful Star Dash if he collects enough Point Stars. Elline can also transform him into three different forms to add to his arsenal in certain stages.|
|An anthropomorphized paintbrush fairy who hails from Seventopia and was best friends with Claycia before she mysteriously turned evil. She runs into Kirby and Waddle Dee after being chased into Popstar by two Grab Hands, who her new friends drive away. She is the one responsible for drawing the Rainbow Ropes that the player conjures using the Wii U's stylus. She can also paint and transform Kirby and other objects.|
|One of Kirby's stalwart buddies who carries a spear and wears a blue bandana. He joins Kirby and Elline on their quest and can use his spear to bat away enemies and Grab Hands. Unlike Kirby, he can walk aroud freely, and can also pick up and toss Kirby as needed.||Waddle Dee only appears in multiplayer gameplay. Up to three can join in at a time, each a different color, but only the standard Red Waddle Dee appears in the opening.|
|Elline's friend and a talented sculptor who built Seventopia. Something strange has happened to her, however, which has turned her evil, casting Elline aside and setting out to rob the universe of its color (and hence, its life). It is later revealed that she was being possessed by a malevolent cloud creature named Dark Crafter, who Kirby helps to defeat.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A blue flying bug-like creature similar to Bronto Burt. It often flies in lines with other Barampas to make it resemble a longer singular creature.||This enemy was never given a name in the English localization, nor does it have a Figurine.|
|N/A||A giant battleship which doggedly pursues Kirby and fires incendiary shots at him from the background. Kirby later destroys it from the inside using the Kirby Rocket.|
|N/A||A bladed relative of Gordo who swings on a chain in a circular pattern. Like Gordo, Blado cannot be defeated.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||Round fish that wear goggles which can be found swimming through water or flopping around on land.||Red Blippers hold position or follow set patterns, while blue ones pursue Kirby.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A flying bug-like creature that can carry certain items and takes two shots from the Kirby Tank to defeat. It will try to drop a bomb on Kirby if it has one.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A spring-bound creature with a bowtie that bounces across whatever area it finds itself in.|
|500 points, 10 Point Stars||A much larger variant of Bouncy, who takes seven Touch Dashes to defeat.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars (normal)
500 points, 10 Point Stars (big)
|A familiar flying troublemaker who can be seen in the skies in various regions of Seventopia.||The red ones move in a set direction or hold position, while blue ones follow Kirby. There are also giant Bronto Burts that take seven Touch Dashes to defeat.|
|100 points, 10 Point Stars||A Bronto Burt wearing armor that can only be defeated using a Star Dash.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small ghostly-looking creature with a light on its head. It stands in place or waddles back and forth, and occasionally lets out an electric field, similar to Sparky.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A Cotta who has been shaped into an immobile cannon, similar to Shotzo.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A fish that likes to swim up waterfalls while carrying various items. He flops around slowly on land.|
|None||A round floating creature that periodically extends and retracts its spikes. When its spikes are retracted, it can be knocked away.||Only appears in The Final Battle. This enemy was never given a name in the English localization, nor does it have a Figurine.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||An unassuming pot-shaped enemy who stands in place or waddles around on the ground.|
|500 points, 30 Point Stars||A larger variant of Cotta Knight who takes up more space. Can only be defeated using a Star Dash.|
|100 points, 10 Point Stars||A Cotta who wears a knight's helmet, making it immune to normal Touch Dashes. Can only be defeated using a Star Dash.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A red crab with a hole in its head, out of which it can shoot bombs encased in bubbles which float through the air or water.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A yellow ape-like creature that hangs from a vine and tosses bombs at Kirby. It can be defeated with two torpedoes from the Kirby Submarine.|
|1000 points, no Point Stars||A hermit crab which wears a sea anemone that can scuttle around the walls and fire missiles at Kirby. It takes many hits to defeat.||Deepsee is one of the few enemies in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse that has a visible health bar.|
|100 points, no Point Stars||A slow hovering skull-shaped enemy that will instantly K.O. Kirby if he touches it. It can be defeated using Candy.|
|500 points, no Point Stars||A golden Dethskullk which carries a key. It can be defeated using Candy.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars (regular)
500 points, 10 Point Stars (big)
|A Cotta with a drill bit for feet that tunnels through soft clay and sand. Kirby will take damage if he touches the drill bit, but can defeat Drill Cotta by smacking into its head. Big Drill Cottas take 2 hits to defeat.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small grey floating blob creature that explodes when it is attacked, dealing damage to everything around it in a large area.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A Bzztbulb which sits in a Gondola and can electrify the entire line he is on when he sparks.|
|N/A||A familiar invincible blue spike ball who patrols areas or sits in place.|
|100 points, 15 Point Stars||A floating disembodied glove with an eye in its palm that will try to grab Kirby in multiplayer mode. It can only be defeated by Waddle Dee.||Grab Hands appear at specific points in stages and halts progress until they are defeated. The music that plays when they show up is taken from the Skull Gang's theme in Kirby Mass Attack.|
|N/A||A big invulnerable stone block creature that falls whenever the ground beneath it is removed. It will instantly crush and defeat anything it falls on, including Kirby.|
|500 points, 3 Point Stars||A larger evil version of the standard Key that tried to run away from Kirby. It needs to be hit three times to defeat it and turn it back into a normal key.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small orange creature with a mane of fire that attacks by breathing gouts of flame at regular intervals.|
|500 points, 10 Point Stars||A big robot made to resemble a Cotta. Its outer shell is made of three pieces, which must be broken individually to defeat it. Its exposed inner machinery sparks violently, and will hurt Kirby if he touches it. A total of 8 hits is needed to defeat this mechanical menace.|
|N/A||A larger variant of Grindarr who sticks his tongue out as he falls.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A sea-anemone-like creature that clings to surfaces and fires missiles at Kirby.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A blue shark with a saw for a nose. Trying to attack the saw only deals damage to Kirby, but Sawgill can be defeated by hitting its body.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A large gray cycloptic creature that carries a spiked shield and patrols hallways, running up to stand guard when it spots Kirby. It can be knocked down with three hits to the body, but will eventually get back up again. It can be permanently defeated using a Star Dash or cannon shot.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A long purple blob-like creature that slithers across walls and emits continuous electricity which will hurt Kirby on contact. It can only be defeated using Candy.|
|N/A||Shotzo returns in clay form to do its regular routine of being an invincible cannon that tries to fire at Kirby. Its shots can be blocked by the rainbow rope.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A wedge-shaped flying enemy that moves in big arcs through the sky, and may trail items behind it.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A Cotta who carries a spear and will attempt to toss it at Kirby if he gets close.||Analogous to Spear Waddle Dee from Kirby: Canvas Curse.|
|100 points, 10 Point Stars||A Cotta Knight who carries a spear. Can only be defeated using a Star Dash.|
|None||A large orange floating amoeba-like creature with a single eye. It flies around in erratic patterns, and takes two hits from the Kirby Tank to defeat, splitting into two Sportletinis in the process.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small yellow floating blob creature that emerges from a defeated Sportle.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A tall totem pole-like enemy with a singular weak segment along the pole which can be attacked to defeat the whole beast.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small propeller-bound creature that flies in and tries to shoot a small missile at Kirby.|
|N/A||A stationary square creature that will gobble up Kirby if he approaches it and then harmlessly send him to its tail in another location. There are three different varieties, and some are sleeping and can be sneaked by.|
|The Forest of Whispy Woods & Sky-High Whispy Woods||A sentient tree rooted in place, who has the power to grow spiky flowers and drop bombs, in addition to blowing gusts of wind and calling in friends to defend him. In his second encounter, he gains a metal coating, making him immune to regular Touch Dashes.|
|Hooplagoon, Relic of the Ruins & Hooplagoon of the Lake||A circular robotic creature who spins through the air and can fire lasers and conjure an electric field around himself. He grows in size and speed when his shields are damaged. In the second encounter, Hooplagoon is faced underwater.|
|The Claykken's Lair & The Claykken's Sea of Fire||A giant squid who somewhat resembles a pirate captain. The Claykken attacks by trying to swipe at Kirby with his spiked tentacles, and when that fails, he enters the fray fully and launches himself at Kirby like a torpedo, leaving behind clouds of ink as he moves. In the second encounter, The Claykken is faced on land in a volcanic region.|
|The Final Battle||A talented magical clay sculptor who has been possessed by an evil force. She attacks by conjuring enemies and objects to toss Kirby's direction, and can manipulate Gray Zones. She is weak to her own Clay Balls.|
|The Final Battle||The evil entity responsible for possessing Claycia. He tries to flee from the Kirby Rocket after being ousted and tosses continuous waves of bombs at Kirby to try and keep him away, but Kirby can retaliate by launching himself at Dark Crafter with a Star Dash.|
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse received mixed reviews from critics, ranging from being praised to being considered flawed. Aggregate scores on GameRankings and Metacritic were 75% and 74/100 respectively, and major review sites gave it scores ranging from 2 out of 5 to 4.5 out of 5.
Critics who ranked the game positively noted its unique graphical style and charming atmosphere, as well as the various in-game mechanics. IGN's reviewer in particular noted the attention to detail on the clay figures, which included visible fingerprints.
Negative points, particularly from Giant Bomb's reviewer, pointed out the lack of any Copy Abilities, unlike in Kirby: Canvas Curse, and the general linearity of the level design. Many also critiqued the fact that the graphics, while impressive, could not be appreciated in full by the player controlling Kirby, as attention had to be focused on the Wii U's GamePad, rather than the TV screen itself.
- This title marks the first time that the Waddle Dees have been given a vocalization (i.e. they make actual sounds).
- Between the Wii and the Nintendo Switch, the Wii U was never released in South Korea, therefore explaining why Kirby and the Rainbow Curse never received a Korean localization.
- The intro cutscene references Yogurt Yard's intro cutscene, as both have food roll down a hill and Kirby rolling after it.
- Main article: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse/gallery
Banner when selecting Kirby and the Rainbow Curse from the Wii U menu
A page from the Secret Diary
Menu of Challenge Mode
Screenshot from the Music Room
Selecting the Gondola Ride stage
Battling Hooplagoon, one of the game's bosses
Names in other languages
Tatchi! Kābī Sūpāreinbō
|Touch! Kirby Super Rainbow|
|European French||Kirby et le pinceau arc-en-ciel||Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush|
|German||Kirby und der Regenbogen-Pinsel||Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush|
|Italian||Kirby e il pennello arcobaleno||Kirby and the rainbow paintbrush|
|European Spanish||Kirby y el Pincel Arcoíris||Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush|
|Polish||Kirby and Rainbow Paintbrush
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