Miniature golf can’t be much more fun than when you have Kirby as the ball. Kirby “putts” his way through all of the worlds to reach the final boss, King Dedede. Each level is filled with enemies, whose powers you can gain after destroying them. It is possible to get a hole-in-one in most, if not all, of the courses. They just become really hard later on—for example, having to switch between multiple powers in one turn is not so easy.
Kirby is on a course with several other enemies. When he defeats all but one of the foes, that remaining foe becomes the hole. This is a good idea because the hole is not necessarily in the same spot every time. If Kirby swings and misses an enemy, he will lose a fragment of life. So if he keeps missing the bad guys, he will die.
There is a wide variety of fiends in Kirby’s Dream Course. He even comes across some bosses from Kirby’s Adventure, like Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright, and Kracko. Kirby can gain many different abilities, including tornado, fireball, ice, spike, and even the almighty UFO! The music is typical of SNES games, which means that it’s good, but it’s still average. It isn’t as magical of that of Kirby’s Adventure, but the tunes still get stuck in your head easily.
Kirby looks exactly like Kirby from the NES; he’s just updated a bit. All of the characters look very good. The courses are checkerboard tiled, and it is easy to see the different levels of elevation. Nothing stands out spectacularly, but I have no complaints, so the game has pretty average graphics.
Kirby controls like he should. It’s easy to put on a backspin or a frontspin. One hard part is putting a curve on the shot. At least you get a path that shows where he will go. The hardest part is probably putting the right amount of power on shots. You need enough power to get to the hole, but not so much that you fly over it.
It’s always fun to see the lowest score you can get, so Kirby’s Dream Course has a huge amount of replay. Competing against friends is always fun, because there are four courses in multiplayer mode. This is a very fun “golf” game. I highly recommend it.