Yoshi's Crafted World Free Demo Reaction and First Impressions
A free demo of Yoshi's Crafted World for the Nintendo Switch was released in the Nintendo eShop today after the Nintendo Direct. This demo features the first level of the game called "Rail-Yard Run". This stage is in the world called Sunshine Station.
A quick playthrough of the level, it plays very similar to Yoshi's Island games and Yoshi's Woolly World on the Wii U. However, the controls are very good, Yoshi is smooth but he doesn't skid around much. The graphics are superb, they are very detailed and with bright colours, and you can definitely see the fine detail of the arts and crafts theme.
This level is more of an introduction to the game, there are mainly just Shy Guys and Piranha Plants, and you can practice throwing eggs around. Yoshi's Crafted World takes the 2.5D perspective to new heights, as you can throw eggs at objects in all directions, not just forwards or backwards. It will be interesting to see how stages further in the game will run with this concept. Enemies and hidden items can be outside of the basic path that Yoshi walks in, so you'll be throwing a lot of eggs to explore.
After completing the main part of the level, you are given a chance to play the "flip side" (literally the other side) where you have to collect 3 Poochy Pups in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, if you succeed in that time you get a regular size Poochy at the end of the stage!
The egg throwing is improved significantly from Yoshi's Woolly World on the Wii U, now you can control the aim by using the control stick which is far more accurate compared to the motion controls which dogged the previous title.
There are a variety of collectibles such as coins and Smiley Flowers as well. There is also the addition of a "Yoshi Coin" which is worth 10 regular coins. An homage to the Yoshi Coins in Super Mario World for the SNES, perhaps?
Yoshi's Crafted World will be out in stores on March 29, so it will just a little more than a month before you can play the real thing!