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- Platform: PlayStation 3
- Media: Video Game
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One dark moonlit night, a young boy named Kutaro was carried away by the maleficent Moon Bear King to a black castle where the unlucky lad was transformed into a puppet.
Kutaro displeased the terrible tyrant, who devoured the boy's wooden head and cast away his body. But the headless hero was not alone, for he had discovered a very special pair of scissors to help him on his harrowing adventure to find his head, and his way home.
Puppeteer is a brand new franchise developed exclusively for PlayStation 3 by SCE JAPAN Studio. Set in a magical puppeteer’s theatre, this title will introduce you to a strange and fantastic world, where the environment is constantly changing. Players will enjoy a rich, dark fairytale where surprises lurk around every corner.
- Swappable Heads -Kutaro can change his head anytime he chooses. Lose your head and you lose a life, but use your head and you’ll discover that you have the ability to change the world
- Unique Platforming -Wielding a pair of magical scissors, Kutaro cuts and crops his way through the adventure
- Dynamic Interactive Backgrounds -A huge variety of backgrounds that are continually changing, taking you on a journey of discovery that will surprise and thrill
- Theatrical Storytelling -Audience, lights, sets, music and narration all combine to create a mesmerizing, unique storytelling experience
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The game takes places in a theatre setting. Each chapter begins as the red curtains open to cheers (and sometimes jeers) from the unseen audience and the game quickly adopts an over-the-top pantomime-style asthetic which will have you grinning whether you want to or not. With an aching amount of detail in each stage and secrets and collectibles to find, The Puppeteer will keep the willing gamer busy long after the curtain has fallen. Added in is a typical fairy tale storyline where good struggles against opression and evil in order to save a kingdom from tyranny, a wonderful cliche which feels right at home in this Grimm-esque theatrical world.
Aside from some minor difficulties at the beginning of the game getting my jumping technique down, the controls are minimalist yet empowering for the player allowing you to perform wonders on screen with very simple button combinations (even my 4 year old is having a blast with this).
All in all, a great game whether you're young or old. A charming and beautiful addition to my collection and one I recommend completely. 9/10 overall, and, Let the Show Begin!
You control Kutaro, a boy stolen from sleep and transported to the moon by the wicked Moon Bear King. Upon arrival, his head is devoured and his body discarded! But fear not, a witch and her pet cat take pity on you and find you a substitute head - one of a hundred or so in the game. With your new noggin securely attached you must traverse the moon in search of Moonshards that are guarded by a medley of huge, animal-themed bosses. Once these are collected, you can piece the Moonstone back together and return the moon to normal by dethroning the Moon Bear King.
Graphically the game is breathtaking. The whole idea for the game is that you are watching a pantomime unravel through a theatre setting; each level starts and finishes with the curtains opening or drawing closed. The theatre theme allows for some unique enemy designs and attacks - cutting a snake apart via the seams that hold it together internally is certainly intuitive and cleverly conceived. The game harks back to many titles of yesteryear - remember Ghouls and Ghosts where you'd traverse every landscape imaginable? Deserts, a stormy sea, an icy landscape, a spooky forest? Expect to see all of these settings and more in Puppeteer, each as lovingly sculpted as the last. The game sounds great, too; rousing orchestral tunes that fit the settings of each stage perfectly - the pirate-themed level stands out for me the most; it has a perfect sea-shanty-style ditty that fits the theme brilliantly. The watching crowd will cheer when you do something worthy, boo the bad guys and oooh-and-ahhh as you leap or fly fearlessly through the stages.
One thing that I didn't enjoy (others will surely disagree with me here) was the constant voice-overs from the commentator and secondary characters - Pikarina is particularly annoying, with her whining, pseudo-American accent. During the levels they can prove useful, pointing out areas of interest or giving hints, but they quickly become irritating during cut scenes as the monologues go on far too long and become steadily more incomprehensible. The cut scenes are, for the most part, overly long as well and just as unintelligible - there is one battle scene between the pirate captain Gaff and the two bovine enemies he faces that I thought would never end. Things do pick up near the end, when the story is drawing to a close but I honestly enjoyed my second playthrough a great deal more as I was able to skip through the drawn-out cut scenes.
The game is an old-school 2D platformer with full 3D graphics. You leap across chasms, collect Moonsparkles (similar to Mario's coins or Sonic's rings) in order to gain extra lives and rescue souls by killing enemies. The controls are simple enough (jump, attack, duck, etc) but take some getting used to initially. Within the first few levels of the game I was mistiming jumps and falling to my death quite regularly - Kutaro has quite a small leap when compared to other 2D platformers of this ilk. Given a little time, though, you will master them, even if certain jumps within the game remain difficult to judge. You can also control your secondary characters (Ying-Yang the cat or Pikarina the sun princess) with the right analogue stick. Searching the background and scenery of each stage with these characters will yield Moonsparkles and other rewards such as new heads and humorous interactions between characters.
As you progress through the game you will unlock a weapon - a pair of scissors called Calibrus - and five special abilities - a hookshot, a bomb, a body-slam, a flying scissor boost and a shield. We have most of the special abilities before (in Zelda games, for example) but the scissors offer a unique twist. With them, Kutaro can cut through fabrics and enemies allowing him to fly - as long as there is more material for him to cut through. Mastering this skill is essential for progressing the game's latter stages and defeating the game's many bosses. The scissors also offer a myriad of unique ways to dismember your enemies - the way you take apart the final boss is especially creative.
There are about 100 heads to collect throughout the game. Each one has a unique special ability that can be used in certain stages to either make the level marginally easier or to unlock bonus stages. Some of the heads are rather imaginative, but their skills are used sparingly - you could make it through the game with only the very first head you receive without any problems. The only reason to go and collect them all is if you are a completionist or want to mop up a few additional trophies (like I did). Be warned, however, that there are certain trophies that require you to use a second joypad; you can unlock these by playing with both yourself but it can get a bit complicated at times!
My first playthrough lasted around the 10 hour mark - this is substantially shortened if you skip the cut scenes. A second playthrough is required in order to unlock all of the games secrets and find heads that you were unable to collect first time through. A second playthrough is highly recommended; as I've already stated I enjoyed the game more the second time through. You'll get more than enough play time out of the game if you aim to collect all collectables and trophies.
For the price Puppeteer is available for it is definitely worth taking a chance on. If you like 2D platform games you can't really go wrong. Every aspect of the game has been lovingly created and there are plenty of nods to classic titles such as the aforementioned Ghouls and Ghosts and more modern releases such as Rayman Origins/Legends. If you go in prepared for some mind-boggling cut scenes and some nonsensical set pieces, I'm confident you will find a lot to like in this game!
The controls feel tight and gameplay is always changing itself up!! its not simply go left to right to finish the level no no no that would not be justice to the name puppeteer! the game is set in a theatre with sets always changing you never know what is going to happen next that I can guarantee.
So many waves of emotions came crashing in my face playing this game, good ones at that!! it really plays on the fact that the game is set in a theatre so there is lots of fourth wall breaking between the narrator, badguys and goodguys almost all the time.
The game is just so entertaining please try it, please if you are a fan of adventure games, platformers or just want to be entertained regularly and thoroughly in your gaming sessions then please try puppeteer!!! relight the flame you grew when your first touched gaming.
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Played one time and not again.
Younger Kids Might Play longer.