Puppeteer PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. Nov 28, 2013
    70
    The sentence, "Board that means the world" takes a true meaning in the case of Puppeteer. This platformer takes place on the stage in a puppet theatre. Awesome style completes its solid gameplay that becomes stronger and stronger.
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    70
    Quite unlike anything else on PS3. [Issue#236, p.76]
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    70
    It's charming, unique in many ways and ideal for co-op play, but Puppeteer fails to take a step further and become a truly memorable platformer.
  4. Sep 19, 2013
    70
    Puppeteer is an odd game. There is no better way to put it, but it is also unique and charming in its presentation. I found the platforming and combat a bit rudimentary for my tastes, but I still couldn’t stop pressing forward to see what the next level looked like.
  5. Sep 11, 2013
    70
    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.
  6. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    Where Puppeteer stumbles, the player's hands can catch its fall. As a child, you might find puppet shows at least mildly entertaining and at the very least something to zone out on before naptime. To me, the prospect of playing the puppet yourself was always more enticing. Even in Kutaro's world that rings true.
  7. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    When the offscreen narrator, voiced with arch-Britishness by Stephen Greif, welcomes you to “the magical theatre of the strange and fantastic”, his adjectives are right on all three counts. And you rarely get magic that feels quite this immaculately handcrafted.
  8. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    Bright, bold and beguiling, Puppeteer reinvigorates the humble platformer, with its unashamedly honest and engaging design. Problematic physics and sluggish story aside, we think you could do a lot worse than pay to see this show.
  9. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    Above all, I'm most charmed by how honestly Puppeteer wears its influences on its sleeve. From classic platformers like Mario to more recent excursions such as Rayman Origins, Sony Japan's sidescrolling adventure is littered with nods to the very best in platform gaming -- a genre so criminally underused these days.
  10. 70
    The game plays well, but at the same time the controls are nothing to write home about. Despite Kutaro’s tricks, the gameplay is relatively simple.
  11. Oct 8, 2013
    65
    As much as I like the idea of adventuring with a wooden boy on a magical stage, Puppeteer is one of those unfortunate projects that starts off in a great direction and then fails to flesh out and support the premise. It certainly looks great and the voicework is top-notch, but with a script, characters and gameplay as flat as the theatrical props the game emulates, its charm wears off long before the final act.
  12. Oct 23, 2013
    60
    That lack of consistency is sadly pervasive. [Issue#140, p.112]
  13. Sep 16, 2013
    60
    In terms of playability, then, The Puppeteer is a disappointment, too much in love with its own design. Had it not strangled the experience with an unbearably high number of cut-scenes, Sony might have actually had the chance to develop the core gameplay in a way to make this adventure worthwhile. It's a game with skewed priorities. It looks great, has loads of personality, but this close to Rayman Legends, which married its elements so perfectly, I cannot recommend Kutaro's tale wholeheartedly.
  14. Sep 12, 2013
    60
    Visually impressive, but this long tale has too many interruptions.
  15. Sep 11, 2013
    60
    Much like Puppeteer’s environments, there are pieces of a strange, unique game hiding here, but you’ll have to dig through an awful lot of problems to find them.
  16. Sep 6, 2013
    60
    It comes frustratingly close to delivering something special. But despite multiple gameplay avenues bursting with potential, it leaves them largely unexplored, showing more interest in wowing you with surface sizzle.
  17. Oct 16, 2013
    50
    Puppeteer’s biggest strength are its visuals, but on the other hand the game is so gloomy and disturbing that I couldn’t wait to go back to a much more pleasant (also in terms of gameplay) Rayman. [11/2013, p.85]
  18. It’s a game that tries way too hard to be funny, quirky and different, which is the surest way to end up as anything but.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 219 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Sep 12, 2013
    10
    This game is pure magic. From the characters to the set changes, the platforming to the levels, the humor to the charm, you cant disagree thisThis game is pure magic. From the characters to the set changes, the platforming to the levels, the humor to the charm, you cant disagree this game is beautiful in every way. Its more then just the graphics, which are a downright marvel. The music is a magnificent opus of cellos and violins, tubas and trumpets..... ...it makes you smile like a young child. This game has so much going for it and its been a joy to play from beginning to where I am at. Sometimes I just want a game to get lost in and have a complete joy playing from start to finish and not worry about leaderboards and difficulty levels....Puppeteer is that game. Its a masterpiece. Full Review »
  2. Sep 15, 2013
    9
    This game is underrated and sadly overlooked.
    It is also the most original game of this generation, other than ThatGameCompany's works.
    This game is underrated and sadly overlooked.
    It is also the most original game of this generation, other than ThatGameCompany's works.

    The visuals are outstanding, and so unique never before seen style and amazing animation. The theatre theme and overlay make it feel like you're playing something different, almost like it's not a game.
    Voice acting is superb, with Picarina being one of the most original and likable characters ever, once you get past the shock that she sounds like a sassy valley girl.
    Gameplay is also brilliant and wildly unexpected. Scizzors as a game mechanic? Crazy right? But it works so well and is so satisfying!

    BUY THIS GAME NOW WITHOUT HESITATION. Then thank me later.
    Full Review »
  3. Sep 11, 2013
    9
    Puppeteer is beautiful, well-paced and original. The voice acting is excellent and hilarious at times. It's a breath of fresh air from all thePuppeteer is beautiful, well-paced and original. The voice acting is excellent and hilarious at times. It's a breath of fresh air from all the sequels and shooters. And its only 40€/$ Full Review »