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« on: August 14, 2012, 08:18:11 PM »

Magical puppet action is coming to the PS3:

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Puppeteer takes place in a magical puppet theatre, owned and run by the slightly eccentric but thoroughly charming Professor Gregorious T. Oswald. His latest production is the weirdly titled The Perilous Journey of a Boy Named Kutaro.

On one dark, moonlit night, the star of the show, a young boy named Kutaro, is carried away by the maleficent Moon Bear King to a black castle, where the unlucky lad is transformed into a puppet. Kutaro then displeases the terrible tyrant who duly devours the boys wooden head and casts away his body. But the headless hero is not alone, for he discovers a very special pair of magic scissors, which will help him on his harrowing quest to find his head and his way home.

looks fairly impressive, and it wouldn't surprise me if they announced it for the Vita as well.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012, 09:54:03 PM »

A creepy marionette based and more scripted version of Little Big Planet?
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2013, 02:14:15 AM »

new trailer plus a release date.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2013, 05:22:53 AM »

I'm certainly interested.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2013, 06:06:43 PM »

Reviews!

official GT review with a 93.

4.5 out of 5 from Joystiq.

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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2013, 06:08:38 PM »

Downloading it from PSN now. smile
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2013, 08:18:02 PM »

Played the first level.  It's definitely Little Big Planet meets The Gunstringer.

The world looks astonishing.  Transitions between levels and scenes are done with a lot of kinetic (not kinectic) motion, which is quite cool.  The audience gasps and applause are neat, but they feel like a ripoff of The Gunstringer (which is the only good Kinect game, IMO), and that makes me sad, since I doubt that game will get any credit.  The puppet element was stronger in that game, too.  It gets set up early on, but is mostly abandoned apart from some atmosphere and the very floaty cat guide.

Some of the VO work is good (I like the narrator, though he's no Stephen Fry), but some can get a little tiring, like your constant companion who's doing a Peter Lorre impression while dropping in a lot of meow puns. 

The gameplay is okay.  It may just be because I've only played the introductory world, but it just wasn't that interesting.  I did like the jump scissor action when it was introduced, but using it in a boss fight later felt a little arbitrary.

Not giving up on it, as it just looks cool, but I was hoping to be really dazzled by the whole experience, and it just hasn't grabbed me yet.
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2013, 09:59:38 PM »

Dumb question: do you play this with the standard controller, or is the Move thing required?
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2013, 11:18:04 PM »

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 10, 2013, 09:59:38 PM

Dumb question: do you play this with the standard controller, or is the Move thing required?

Move isn't required, and I don't think it's even supported.
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2013, 11:48:14 PM »

Quote from: EddieA on September 10, 2013, 11:18:04 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 10, 2013, 09:59:38 PM

Dumb question: do you play this with the standard controller, or is the Move thing required?

Move isn't required, and I don't think it's even supported.
Not required, but is supported.
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2013, 02:52:52 AM »

Played through Act 1 and I'm not sure what's going on, the story starts off a little strange.  The game supports 3D and it is pretty cool as it adds a layer of depth to the game especially since it's based around a theater play.  A couple of times they've had things come out of the screen that looked great.  So far there hasn't been a ton of platforming mainly some puzzles and strange combat.  It's a quirky game that has piqued my interest.

 
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2013, 10:44:22 AM »

Looking at this, the animations, physics, texture processing, even the renderer, I'm pretty sure they're using the same tech as littlebigplanet, probably came up with this to replace a possible LBP3 on PS3 when they switched over everything to PS4.

That's not a bad thing, since regardless of whether it is the same tech, and similarities to that platforming, they do a lot of things to improve that style of platforming. Movement is snappy, and physics not so floaty. Even if you're not quite accurate, the character can pull himself up onto ledges if he narrowly misses a jump, and some other actions.

To be honest, this feels like what a possible LBP3 would have been if they planned to continue on PS3. Everything still has that hand crafted look and puppet-like animation, but the platforming should be acceptable to a wider range of players now, while still not alienating LBP1/2 fans.
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2013, 07:25:11 AM »

Finished this game last night, and not a moment too soon with GTA 5 arriving today. smile

Enjoyed every minute of it. It's a brilliant game with tons of fantastic humor that had me laughing and chuckling. Its graphics and audio continue to impress all the way to the end, never seeming to repeat itself. There's a ton of unique art made for this game, most of it only used for a few seconds before something new is introduced. The game is clearly a product of love, and it deserves everyone's attention.
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2013, 01:39:23 PM »

Got a trophy for "Playing with two people for the first time" when all I was trying to do was test out the Move controller. Ah... only for a co-op player to control Ying Yang. The head-hunting cat.  icon_wink
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2013, 02:38:29 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on September 17, 2013, 07:25:11 AM

Finished this game last night, and not a moment too soon with GTA 5 arriving today. smile

Enjoyed every minute of it. It's a brilliant game with tons of fantastic humor that had me laughing and chuckling. Its graphics and audio continue to impress all the way to the end, never seeming to repeat itself. There's a ton of unique art made for this game, most of it only used for a few seconds before something new is introduced. The game is clearly a product of love, and it deserves everyone's attention.

Damn. This just put this game on my radar.
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2013, 05:15:02 AM »

Any chance of this coming to PC or is it a PS3 only developer?
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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2013, 05:19:15 AM »

Since the game was made by SCE, the chance of it appearing outside of Sony's platforms is probably almost non-existent.
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« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2013, 01:11:01 PM »

I wish this game connected with me more.

I do think the tiger is frickin' fantastic, though.
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« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2013, 01:14:30 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2013, 01:11:01 PM

I wish this game connected with me more.

I do think the tiger is frickin' fantastic, though.

I don't know how far in you are, but make sure you at least get part way through act 3 (not just part 3 of act 1) before judging the game. It really picks up steam at that point and keeps going for the rest of the game.
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« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2013, 02:43:44 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on September 18, 2013, 01:14:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2013, 01:11:01 PM

I wish this game connected with me more.

I do think the tiger is frickin' fantastic, though.

I don't know how far in you are, but make sure you at least get part way through act 3 (not just part 3 of act 1) before judging the game. It really picks up steam at that point and keeps going for the rest of the game.

Well, that's good to know.  I've only finished Act 1.
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« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2013, 03:01:30 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2013, 02:43:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 18, 2013, 01:14:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2013, 01:11:01 PM

I wish this game connected with me more.

I do think the tiger is frickin' fantastic, though.

I don't know how far in you are, but make sure you at least get part way through act 3 (not just part 3 of act 1) before judging the game. It really picks up steam at that point and keeps going for the rest of the game.

Well, that's good to know.  I've only finished Act 1.

Act 1 is sort of a tutorial, and as such keeps things relatively low-key and focuses on the base mechanics.
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« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2013, 10:51:55 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on September 18, 2013, 03:01:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2013, 02:43:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 18, 2013, 01:14:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2013, 01:11:01 PM

I wish this game connected with me more.

I do think the tiger is frickin' fantastic, though.

I don't know how far in you are, but make sure you at least get part way through act 3 (not just part 3 of act 1) before judging the game. It really picks up steam at that point and keeps going for the rest of the game.

Well, that's good to know.  I've only finished Act 1.

Act 1 is sort of a tutorial, and as such keeps things relatively low-key and focuses on the base mechanics.

Yeah, but it still should be hooking me, and so far it has not.
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2013, 06:12:57 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on September 18, 2013, 01:14:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2013, 01:11:01 PM

I wish this game connected with me more.

I do think the tiger is frickin' fantastic, though.

I don't know how far in you are, but make sure you at least get part way through act 3 (not just part 3 of act 1) before judging the game. It really picks up steam at that point and keeps going for the rest of the game.


I played and finished Act 1 last night and I'm not sure how it doesn't grab people right away.  I loved every minute of Act 1.  What an amazing game.
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« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2013, 10:50:52 PM »

 Goodness...  what an interesting,  bizarre  and  yes amazing game this is.  icon_eek
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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2013, 04:46:24 AM »

Quote from: TiLT on September 17, 2013, 07:25:11 AM

Finished this game last night, and not a moment too soon with GTA 5 arriving today. smile

Enjoyed every minute of it. It's a brilliant game with tons of fantastic humor that had me laughing and chuckling. Its graphics and audio continue to impress all the way to the end, never seeming to repeat itself. There's a ton of unique art made for this game, most of it only used for a few seconds before something new is introduced. The game is clearly a product of love, and it deserves everyone's attention.

I'm a bit late to the party, but started Puppeteer yesterday.  Got through Act 2 tonight, and wholly agree with TiLT's assessment.  This is an absolutely wonderful game that is very obviously a labor of love for the developers.

Shame it got entirely buried...folks really need to check this one out.
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« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2013, 06:26:12 PM »

I guess Im the odd one out on this.  I generally love platformers and despite really wanting to like this one, I cant seem to get into it.  The aesthetic is nice but I find the actual gameplay to be severely lacking.  Movement in general feels unresponsive with no sense of momentum and the scissor/QuickTime event mechanic makes my hands hurt in any area that uses them extensively.  Also, while I like the narrator I find most of the other voice actors to be obnoxious.
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« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2013, 09:00:07 PM »

Quote from: Lordnine on November 30, 2013, 06:26:12 PM

the scissor/QuickTime event mechanic makes my hands hurt in any area that uses them extensively. 

I actually agree with this.  I find that I can only play for a level or two before my hands really start to hurt.  Odd...
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« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2013, 09:16:04 PM »

Quote from: Lordnine on November 30, 2013, 06:26:12 PM

I guess Im the odd one out on this.  I generally love platformers and despite really wanting to like this one, I cant seem to get into it.  The aesthetic is nice but I find the actual gameplay to be severely lacking.  Movement in general feels unresponsive with no sense of momentum and the scissor/QuickTime event mechanic makes my hands hurt in any area that uses them extensively.  Also, while I like the narrator I find most of the other voice actors to be obnoxious.

Well, you're not the odd one out, as I've generally said the same thing.

We do seem to be the odd two, though.
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« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2013, 06:13:30 AM »

Wrapped this one up tonight, and thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.  I love it when you come across wonderful surprises like this one that are delightful to play and just exude that sense of wonder and sheer fun that seems to be missing in so many of today's games.  A solid A, and probably my second favorite game this year (behind Tomb Raider).
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