ARS: Ivy the Kiwi on the Wii, DS is a wonderful, addictive surprise

ARS: Ivy the Kiwi was created by Yuji Naka, the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic is a character that continues to enjoy a strong following, and the series gives any follow-up work a huge shadow to live under. Don't worry, this game is up to the challenge.

Ivy is a Kiwi bird who has lost her mother and sets out to find her in a beautifully realized world of hand-drawn graphics and inviting music. Your job is to draw vines on the screen to keep her safe from the spikes and evil animals that fill the levels. The levels are short, but if you want to collect all the items you'll have to put Ivy in harm's way and think quickly to keep her alive—the feathers you collect are often hidden in out-of-the-way places.

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