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.
Only played a half hour and I was completely hooked. As I started playing Puppeteer made me nostalgic of games of hits past. bridging 2D scroller action games with 3D action platformer titles. The dialogue is witty and fun for kids and adults. Gameplay is easy to understand with minor quirks or mistake in the action button Ex. (End of a stage). The main character reminds me of Pinocchio. The story reminds me of Four films or novels. (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Coraline, Pinocchio and James and the Giant Peach. Taking the basic Mechanics from the Little big Planet Series and combining some of the Crash Bandicoot Series. Put all aside and give it a shot.