A.V. Club: "Like Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow, Kirby’s Epic Yarn bears little resemblance to the series it claims to continue. Shadow’s flimsy connection was merely in letting you play as a Belmont descendent. In Epic Yarn, similarly, you control the titular doughy pink puff, but he lacks his hallmark abilities: no gobbling up enemies and absorbing their powers, no flying, and no inhaling. This malarkey is dealt with early on, and hinges on the charming arts-and-crafts visuals. Just as the world around him is now constructed of cloth, felt, buttons, and beads, Kirby is made of yarn. Air would therefore just go through his body, so instead of digesting his enemies, Kirby now unravels them."