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.
This game was fun but the story was a non factor for me. If you are looking for a game with a story, skip this one completely. As with most foreign games, it is almost like they translated it to English but didn't bother to read it. Everyone in the family was confused within seconds after the game began and focused 100% on the gameplay. The gameplay was fun and different, my kids enjoyed it for a few days. Positive gameplay, non-existent story give this one a 7. That's all folks, play for yourself.
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.