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If you thought Little Big Planet had the PS3 market for cute, you definitely haven't played the Puppeteer. There is a cohesive story here that is told in a wonderful manner, that of a play. The mechanics here are rock solid. If you like collectibles, you'll have plenty to keep finding. If you need a game you can play with your kids, there's nothing to be worried about here.
With all that's good here, why do I ONLY give it a 7? This is a game that I can only take for so much at any single sitting. I'll normally game for 4-5 hours at a time, but I couldn't stomach the cute factor here for more than 1 hour, and normal Puppeteer sessions being 45 minutes. The game itself was enjoyable enough that I kept coming back for more 45 minute sessions, but just barely.
Puppeteer is a gorgeous, but very atypical platform game. On top of the usual platforming, you need to cut your way through and along various routes. Is this the world's first snip-em-up? Fans of the Little Big Planet games would seemingly be at home here, but there is something strangely missing, strangely confusing about the whole thing.
Each level is prefixed (and interleaved) with extensive, excessive, cut scenes that tell the story. Something about the bear king and his generals, but I was lost be the third level. I really did not understand what was going on. A lot of it is based in Japanese folklore, of which I have a passing knowledge, but clearly not enough. Also, they are so long, that I can imagine most players getting bored (I know I did) and skipping through them eventually, which doesn't help it's cause.
Also the levels themselves are very long (30 mins plus), that it is less a pick up and play, than a big commitment game, which goes against it's nature.
I want to recommend this, but I don't think I can to anyone but the most dedicated fans of the genre.
posted by Robofish (OWINGS MILLS, MD) Aug 24, 2014
Member since Dec 2009
This game oozes style, character, and has some fantastic voice acting. However it sort of stops there.
In the Puppeteer you play as Kutaro, a boy who can change heads, use magic scissors and is working to restore the moon kingdom. If you've played a platformer you'll be at home here. The elements that set this apart are your companion you can be used to uncover items with the right stick, as well as the cutting mechanic and the special abilities of each head.
Gaming wise it's pretty standard platforming. Jumping puzzles, using new powers to get through a level, fighting bosses, and QTEs as well.
The graphics, music and voice acting are awesome. It has a lot of charm, as it's setup like a stage show. The audience reacts to your actions on screen, and each level is considered an ACT just like in a play. Each act has 3 separate parts.
Unfortunately despite all of the charm the gameplay seems to become a little lacking. I made it to the end of Chapter 3 before I had lost interest in the game. It's a shame because it is such a good looking game. The gameplay is very forgiving and easy, and the platforming challenges, while done in some extremely unique levels do get repetitive after a while.
One other thing is that before each level there is a cutscene. They are well acted, and animated. The only downfall is as the game goes on these get longer and longer. It doesn't mean they aren't entertaining, because they certainly are. It just feels like they weren't needed at the start and end of each level. I could understand at the start and end of each act.
For what it's worth this is a good game and worth a rental. It's also a budget title and now looks like it's about 17 bucks. Certainly something all ages can play due to the difficulty of the game being fairly low.
Come for the Charm, stay for the style. But don't expect to be blown away by the gameplay.