|Kirby and the Eternal Clock|
Kirby and the Eternal Clock is a game that is part of the Kirby series. Unlike almost all other games in the series, Eternal Clock is a turn-based RPG.
In this game, Kirby and his friends must fight off an alien force known as the Timeless, beings that don't understand time and feel they must make everyone else understand them like that, by destroying the titular Eternal Clock resting above Popstar.
Due to not being a platformer, certain mechanics from the normal Kirby games make a return, but changed slightly.
Kirby and the Eternal Clock plays a lot like the Mario & Luigi games, it is an RPG with platformer elements, the player gets a range of actions to perform in the overworld, such as jumping, talking to NPCs and floating with Kirby, although that ability is limited to only a few presses of the jump button before Kirby must fall back down. In battle, characters have access to various skills based on their unique traits, Kirby can use his copy abilities, Dedede can hammer foes, etc.
In the overworld, Kirby and two other party members are controllable, those two others are able to be changed at any time through the menu. Kirby has access to his inhaling ability for puzzles, along with jumping and flying for platforming challenges. The other two party members can be swapped to at any time, and they have their own overworld skills to be used for puzzles and platforming, for example, Bandanna Dee can use his spear in various ways, Meta Knight can chop up certain blockades, Marx allows the player to quick travel anywhere at any time, etc.
Throughout the game's world, there are certain things and people to interact with, such as merchant Waddle Dees and Doos that give you different equipment in exchange for enough Stars, and Star Rod statues that allow the player to quick travel between parts of the world. That is not to mention the many important items and setpieces that must be interacted with in order to progress.
When the player touches an enemy, a battle is started, the character with the highest SPD (Speed) stat acts first. In battle, the player can: Attack normally, use a Skill, use up their Goods (Items) and in Kirby's case, he can also Inhale weakened enemies to finish them off or to get their copy ability. If the player doesn't feel like battling the enemy, they may also Escape the battles, but they get no rewards from it.
In terms of stats, the player has:
- HP: Represents the character's health, if the number hits 0, the character will be fallen for the rest of the battle, or until a revival item is used.
- SP: "Skill Points" are, naturally, used up by different characters' skills, different abilities will used different amounts of SP.
- ATK: This dictates the characters attacking power, how much damage they will do to their opponents.
- DEF: This stat is how much a character will resist damage from an opponent, the higher the number, the less damage taken.
- SPD: Dictates what character will attack first by who has the highest stat number.
- PUFF: The game's version of the Mario & Luigi "Stache" stat, increases the chances of dodging attacks and getting better deals in shops.
Different attack effects can happen at random, for example, Critical Hits, which deal more damage than normal, and Misses, which, as one can expect, are simply when an attack doesn't connect and deals no damage. There are also unseen stats, only triggered by certain items and moves, such as Weight, which dictates how a character is able to move in battle, if they are heavier, their attacks might be slower than their normal weight or when they are lighter, and the character's Crit. Rate, which is how often their attacks will be Critical Hits.
The player gets a few different rewards from winning battles, certain enemies carry items, and they are sure to drop plenty of Experience Points and Stars to use to buy new stuff.
There is somewhat of an element system, like in Pokemon, but it is not as enforced and clear, for example: An attack from the Water ability has a higher Critical Rate on enemies based around fire, and the Fire ability has the same effect to enemies based around ice and so on and so forth in a rather non-linear weakness line (Or set of weakness lines)
Obtaining copy abilities in Eternal Clock is similar to catching Pokemon in, well, the Pokemon series. First, Kirby must weaken the enemy to about a third of their full health, and then he may use the Inhale command to eat the enemy and take their power. Copy abilities also work like in the Super Star (Ultra) game Milky Way Wishes, where the powers are permanently stored in a menu upon being collected once, so Kirby can switch on the fly to the best ability for an upcoming boss or general area. Much like in the main Kirby games, certain enemies have no abilities, and thus, they give off a "No Good". A full list of the game's abilities is given further below.
DISCLAIMER: The story is not divided in any way, this was just a simple way to organize this section
Prologue: The Timeless
Long ago, in a distant planet, creatures evolved and grew without the concept of time, they did not understand such a thing, and envied those who did, to the point where they had to make it so that nobody else truly knew time. Eons later, a group of these beings, calling themselves the Timeless, traveled through the depths of space to find an ancient temple known as the Eternal Clock, which, supposedly, kept all of time in the universe in check, and this quest lead them to Planet Popstar, the home of Kirby and many others, where they finally found this elusive Eternal Clock, floating above the planet. They had made it that far, they weren't going to stop until the clock was destroyed and time itself was over for everyone else.
On the surface of Popstar, in a forest in Green Greens, Kirby and Bandanna Dee were having a friendly picnic in a clearing, until the Timeless attacked and made the ground shake, dropping Kirby's freshly cut slice of cake on the grass, where it was quickly stolen away by a few ants. Furious with this, Kirby looked up at the sky, to see the Timeless' elaborate ship of cogs and pistons flying above them, firing at the Eternal Clock as it approached the place. Kirby and Bandanna Dee knew they were trouble and rushed into the forest to find a way back out to get into action.
After some exploring, the two of them met up with Whispy Woods, who was unreasonably angry with them, claiming Dedede wouldn't let Kirby go through and ruin his plans. The two of them found this odd, but they had to defeat Whispy to get out, so they did. Finally out of the forest, Kirby and Bandanna Dee saw many Waddle Dees rushing from the different corners of Green Greens to deliver food to Castle Dedede, so, that was their next stop.
Chapter 1: The King Strikes Again?
An asterisk signifies an optional party member.
|A pink and heroic puffball that eats and sleeps a lot, and has to stop the Timeless from destroying the Eternal Clock and time itself. He can jump and fly for platforming challenges and pull distant levers with his inhaling powers.|
|A Wadddle Dee with a blue bandanna and a powerful spear that he uses for different things, he is Kirby's first party member in the game.|
|King Dedede is the king of Dream Land, who, at the start of the adventure, is held hostage by his past self, but afterwards, the real king joins Kirby on his adventure. He can clobber stumps and switches into the ground with his hammer.|
|A friendly painter who is always up to help Kirby out when needed, she joins the pink hero after he stops her painting monsters from running around wreaking havoc. She can paint a monster in any canvas around the world to have it act for the group.|
|A fairy from Ripple Star who finds herself helping Kirby again after she finds out she's been displaced due to the damage done to the Eternal Clock. Ribbon can take aim and fire with the Crystal Gun, both in the overworld and in battle.|
|A powerful warrior who, much like Dedede, has his past self return to cause trouble, but he isn't held hostage and helps Kirby take down the past Meta Knight and the old Halberd. He uses his mighty sword to slice certain obstacles.|
|A tricky jester that has Kirby do a variety of things for him before he finally joins the party, he allows Kirby and friends to travel to any Star Rod statue at any time, thanks to his teleporting powers.|
Below is a full list of all the areas around Popstar seen in this game.
- Green Greens: The game's first area, a massive green field with flowers, trees and many basic enemies to face off against as one traverses the meadows.
- Oyster Oasis: South of Green Greens is the large, hot and mysterious Oyster Oasis, a desert full of cacti and with little to no water in sight.
- Salmon Seaside: North-east of either of the previous areas is Salmon Seaside, a massive ocean with a beautiful and extensive beach to play around in.
- Candy Carnival: The eastern point of Popstar is a vast place made up of lollipops, mints and any other sweet one can imagine. This place houses one of the Pop Crystals, the Crytal of Joy.
- Horror Hills: The south-eastern point is home to all sorts of scary foes, and is mastered by the powerful ghost, Tedhaun. This creepy place is the resting ground of the Crystal of Courage.
- Red Rapids: Red Rapids is a rocky area with surprisingly fast lava rivers cutting through it in every direction, usually flowing from volcanoes.
- Treacherous Tower: A gigantic fortress created to house the deadliest of creatures in Popstar, which defend one of the Pop Crystals, the Crystal of Power
- Juicy Jungle: A dangerous forest in the western point of Popstar, where only the best and most intelligent of adventurers make it to the other side. This place houses the Pop Crystal of Wisdom.
- Walnut Walls: Tall, intimidating rocks as far as the eye can see, that is, if one can get to the top of one to see anything.
- Hazelnut Heights: A massive mountain with various rocky spires around it, holding the way to get up into the sky and to the Eternal Clock.
- The Eternal Clock: The game's final area, a massive dungeon that uses the skills of every mandatory party member to activate the way into the final battle.
- This game has many references to past Kirby games, and the creator, CaptainCat, refered to it as a sort of "Kirby Generations" at least more than once.