Since the small islands in this level are surrounded by the sea, the key to success here is skillful swimming! You can also look forward to running into
many new enemies with new special abilities for you to steal in this level!”
Kirby is sitting on the beach, wearing sunglasses and day-dreaming about various snack foods. A Waddle Doo with a hammer suddenly appears in Kirby's thought bubble and hits him on the head and knocks his sunglasses off. Kirby falls out of his lounge chair and looks around in a confused, surprised, and worried manner.
This intro is the same in both versions of the game.
Ice Cream Island consists of five normal stages. It is a tropical, sunny, paradise. The level is filled with sandy beaches, coastal forests, exotic flowers, explosive coconuts, and palm trees. The majority of the parts of Ice Cream Island that Kirby travels through is covered by shallow waters and overlooks a large ocean. Kirby also traverses a vast desert-sized beach, an underground cave, and even ventures into the clouds in this level. Taking place near the bay, many of the enemies in Ice Cream Island are aquatic enemies and can survive in the water. The boss of Ice Cream Island, Paint Roller, is fought inside a large castle, but Kirby is only able to explore one room of it.