Game Boy December 14, 1995 December 25, 1995 May 1996
3DS Virtual Console May 17, 2012 February 9, 2012
ESRB: E (Everyone) OFLC: General
Ball-shaped Kirby leapt back into action again! This time, players bounced Kirby around stages to destroy blocks and defeat enemies. A good sense of timing was essential to getting a high score. Items, power-ups, and Copy Abilities also helped players rack up points.”
Kirby's Block Ball, known in Japan as カービィのブロックボール (Kābī no Block Ball, meaning Kirby's Block Ball), is a Breakout-style game for the Game Boy. As it is a spin-off, it strays away from the normal Kirby platforming style. It is a breakout-style game featuring enemies, boss battles, and sub-games.
In each level, Kirby bounces around in a stage filled with blocks and enemies. When Kirby collides with a block or enemy, it is KO'd. When enemies are attacked, and KO'd, they transform into a treat, which give bonus points. The player moves onto the next level, when the blocks and enemies are all cleared. There are 11 levels (if the player is able to complete all the borderlines: this is by far the most challenging aspect of the game) to master, including items/power-ups that can take your ball and split it into two, bombs, etc. Several copy abilities appear, which support Kirby in beating the levels.
Kirby bounces around a field littered with blocks and enemies. He can destroy the blocks and enemies by touching them. The object of the game is to keep Kirby in play by bouncing him against four paddles on the top and bottom, and left and right sides of the screen. When all blocks are eliminated, Kirby moves onto the next level. Enemies KO'd by Kirby are turned into tasty treats, which give the player bonus points if obtained. There are also several copy abilities to be found if Kirby hits certain enemies, which aid him in destroying blocks.