Kirby’s Star Stacker (1997)

by Christopher
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Kirby’s Star Stacker (1997): A Stacking Adventure with Kirby and Friends

Released in 1997 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Kirby’s Star Stacker is a charming and addictive puzzle game starring the lovable pink puffball, Kirby. Join Kirby and his friends Rick the Hamster, Kine the Sunfish, and Coo the Owl as they embark on a stacking adventure to defeat the evil King Dedede.

Gameplay: Stacking Stars to Outwit Dedede

Kirby’s Star Stacker is a fast-paced puzzle game where players must stack falling stars between Kirby’s friends to score points and defeat enemies. The game is played on a 10×10 grid, with stars constantly raining down from above. Players control Kirby, who can move left and right along the bottom of the grid. Kirby’s friends, Rick, Kine, and Coo, are positioned on the left and right sides of the grid.

To stack the stars, players must move Kirby beneath a falling star and press the A button. Kirby will then stack the star on top of his head. Players can then move Kirby left or right to position the star between two of his friends. When three or more stars of the same color are stacked together, they will disappear and score points for the player.

Power-Ups and Special Abilities

Kirby’s Star Stacker features a variety of power-ups and special abilities that can help players clear the grid and defeat enemies. These include:

  • Bomb Star: Explodes all stars of the same color on the grid.
  • Rainbow Star: Changes all stars on the grid to a single color.
  • Warp Star: Teleports Kirby to a different location on the grid.
  • Friend Star: Summons one of Kirby’s friends to help stack stars.

Single-Player and Multiplayer Modes

Kirby’s Star Stacker features both single-player and multiplayer modes. In single-player mode, players can choose from a variety of different levels, each with its own unique challenges. In multiplayer mode, up to four players can compete against each other to see who can score the most points.

Critical Reception and Legacy

Kirby’s Star Stacker was a critical and commercial success upon its release. The game was praised for its addictive gameplay, charming graphics, and cute characters. Kirby’s Star Stacker has been ranked among the best puzzle games of all time by several publications, including IGN and GamesRadar+.

Kirby’s Star Stacker has had a lasting impact on the video game industry. The game’s unique stacking mechanic has been imitated in several other puzzle games, including Tetris Attack and Puyo Puyo. Kirby’s Star Stacker has also been re-released on several different platforms, including the Nintendo Switch Online service.


Kirby’s Star Stacker is a classic puzzle game that is still enjoyed by gamers today. With its addictive gameplay, charming graphics, and cute characters, Kirby’s Star Stacker is a must-play for any fan of puzzle games.

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