Neo Star is the naturalistic fourth world encountered by Kirby and his sidekick, Ribbon, on their mission to vanquish Dark Matter from their realm in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Like the Rock Star realm, Neo Star continues the pattern of stage variety, paying an emphasized homage to realistic landscapes seen on Earth, through the incorporation of volcanic climates, forest areas, subterranean caves, and mountainous passages endemic to the topography of real-world locations.
Neo Star is the third of the four "intermediate" worlds of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, meaning that it contains four standard stages and a fifth boss stage, with only one cut-scene playing at the end of the level. Neo Star is the most wild of the planets Kirby visits in the game, with next to no structural development anywhere to be seen. Instead, Kirby must make his way through largely wild spaces, and may find the topography quite difficult to move through. Among the challenging environments Kirby must traverse, there are thick green jungles with trees towering over bottomless pits, massive underground chasms with mine cart tracks and shifting walls, high rocky mountain ranges with crumbling platforms, and an active volcanic region with rivers and lakes of lava. Unlike many other worlds, the inhabitants of Neo Star are relatively sparse, perhaps as a result of the tricky terrain.
Like in all intermediate worlds of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the first four stages within Neo Star hide three Crystal Shards, while the final stage rewards only one after the defeat of the boss. Nevertheless, all shards within one level need not to be collected before Kirby is granted access to the next; Kirby must simply complete the level.
Each stage is unlocked in succession after clearing the previous one. Defeating Magman is necessary to move on to Shiver Star. For more information about a particular stage, click on the link to the stage's page in the table. For a full guide on how to obtain the Crystal Shards, see the Crystal Shard page.
|Stage 1||Big Galbo|
|Stage 2||Drop ambush|
|Stage 5||N/A||Completing this stage unlocks Shiver Star.|
As Kirby and pals look over the crystal, the surrounding volcanoes all begin to erupt. The team makes a run for it as the crystal portal to Shiver Star opens. They all jump into the portal one-by-one, but Waddle Dee cannot keep up. Kirby emerges from the portal, and Inhales Waddle Dee to get him inside before it closes.