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Puppeteer Box Art
System/s: PS3
Developer: SCE Studios Japan (Sony)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE)
Genre: Action
Players: 1
GD Score: 79
Press Scores
Release Date:
N. America: Sep. 10, 2013
Europe: Sep. 11, 2013
Australia: TBA 2013
Japan: Sep. 5, 2013
ESRB: Everyone 10+ (Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes)

"Beautifully Carved"

REVIEW |

Author: Rando Evans  

Kutaro is a boy who wants to get off a moon. He’s also a puppet who’s had his head torn off by the antagonist of the game: Moon Bear King. Confused? Well, Puppeteer isn’t too confusing, it’s just very creative, at least in its visuals and storytelling. This unique new platformer developed by Sony has its ups and downs, but its impossible say it’s not quirky or original.

Puppeteer Screenshots (Playstation 3)

Puppeteer has a kind of LittleBigPlanet feeling – a distinct style that looks lavish and artistic. The entire design takes on the style of a full on, old-style puppet show. The musical scoring and design are Puppeteer’s strongest suites, and for many, may be a sole reason alone to play the game. However, while Puppeteer is a work of art in its execution of design, it lacks in other areas.

Puppeteer only plays average as platformer. If you are a casual platform gamer, then things will be fine, but if you are someone who spend a lot of time in the genre, you’ll find Kutaro’s controls and physics and bit lackluster. Kutaro can be controlled with one stick, while his familiar can be controlled with the other. This little bit of uniqueness if fun, but doesn’t do much other than enable you to pixel hunt for sparkles that will get you an extra life if you net 100 of them. Kutaro also has the ability to find and switch heads, though in the end, there’s really not much reason to switch heads. While different heads provide different magical powers, these skills really aren’t used creatively throughout the levels and therefore become more or less of a gimmick.

Puppeteer Screenshots (Playstation 3)

The biggest creative element is Kutaro’s giant pair of scissors which help him maneuver through the game using zip-lines and such, and snipping the strings of baddies. All of this is very inventive, but isn’t executed to its full extent.

Regardless, Puppeteer seems like a great game for the younger crowd or casual gamers rather than those seeking a truly slick and challenging platformer. I do recommend playing it if you are big on game design, because across the board, Puppeteer is a visual treat.

GameDynamo's Score for Puppeteer (PS3)
Graphics
Awesome, refreshing artistic aesthetics across the board.
Sound
Nice scoring, great platforming sounds.
Gameplay
A little underwhelming for experienced platform gamers, but decent enough for most.
Play Value
Not the longest, with little extras compared to most games at this price point, but still worth a playthrough.
 
Final Score  79  
What it lacks in gameplay, it makes up for in quirky storytelling and great art direction and design.

Posted on 11/19/2013 | Game Played on: PS3
Rando Evans

Three things describe Rando: Good beer, good food, and video games. On occasion, Rando flies a zeppelin through time seeking power crystals.

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