Unfortunately for Puppeteer, the game released within days of Grand Theft Auto 5. Not even its unique charm or slashed RRP could help it really stand out in a crowded release window.
I was eager to review the game for TSA, and I had a very enjoyable time doing so. Although at first glance the game resembled LittleBigPlanet with its visual design Puppeteer was very much its own game.
As you may know the entirety of Puppeteer is a stage play, complete with red curtains and the cheers and gasps of the audience. The characters even went as far as to break the fourth wall – “you’ll find yourself quietly chuckling when Kutaro’s allies stop to criticise the narrator or even another character’s performance”.
The game, of course, wasn’t without a few flaws. There was a serious case of missed potential regarding the interchangeable heads idea, and after continuous playing the level design and general forumla of Puppeteer became a little repetitive.
I concluded in my review:
Puppeteer is, at its heart, a charming adventure, though not without its issues; it may have wasted the potential required with the interchangeable head idea to become something really special, but you will no doubt find yourself joining in with the audience laughing along to the antics on show and warming to the characters, be it hero or villain. There’s a great deal of fun to be had, even more with a friend, as you slice your way through Puppeteer. And the low price of the game is really just the icing on the cake
That’s enough about my thoughts on Puppeteer, we want to know your opinion. Was the LittleBigPlanet resemblance too uncanny for you? Or did you fall head over heels for the charming characters? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to give the game either a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating, and make sure to get your mini-reviews in by Sunday evening to be included in next week’s round-up.