If you miss Kirby’s Dream Course, take a look at Bulby

Pay what you want

Kirby’s Dream Course holds a special place in gaming history. Despite releasing more than 20 years ago and featuring a unique gameplay hook, it didn’t see many copycats. Sure, there have been other golf games, but nothing has been quite like the isometric miniature golf-puzzle-platformer. At least, not until Bulby Diamond Course.

Okay, so maybe this is too blatant of a ripoff. It stars a cute sphere who bops enemies until one turns into a hole. It has the same shot manipulation through chipping and spinning the ball. Heck, it’s called Bulby, which is just far enough from Kirby to avoid copyright issues.

Even so, I don’t care. It’s not like HAL Laboratory and Nintendo have done anything with Kirby’s Dream Course in all this time, so why not have indie studio Paperdog Games take a stab at a facsimile? It even has a few upgrades: three-dimensional graphics, multiplayer minigames, and a level editor. It is a bit ugly, but I can overlook that if it turns out to be fun.

Bulby Diamond Course is currently on Steam Early Access and it’s the daily deal at Indie Game Stand under a “pay what you want” pricing structure.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.