• 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. Sep 19, 2013
    100
    It's one of the most original and captivating games of the year — on any platform — and for $40 you can't go wrong.
  2. Sep 6, 2013
    93
    This is your imagination come to life. In a holiday season filled with sequels, heists, and all the action games you can imagine, Puppeteer is different…and different is good.
  3. Sep 6, 2013
    91
    Puppeteer offers a great experience, full of memorable and charismatic characters and awesome graphics, but one of its best features is that it really puts you right in the spotlight of a little puppet theater, where you play the roles of the star and the entertainer at the same time. This is one of those games that we'll remember for a long time and that reminded us that innovation is still possible in video games.
  4. Visually astounding and addictive, few videogame worlds are as fleshed out as Puppeteer’s. [November 2013, p82]
  5. Oct 6, 2013
    90
    Impeccably designed and guided with a deft hand, this whimsical foray into a darkly humorous fairytale word is a joy to play and is an experience that can be shared by young and old alike.
  6. 90
    Perhaps the most surprising title I have played this year. Puppeteer combines fun platforming gameplay, a playful narrative, and excellent presentation values.
  7. Sep 23, 2013
    90
    Puppeteer is a unique game with extraordinary characters, bizarre levels and a highly dreamy atmosphere. The story's a lot of fun, the humor's enticing and the soundtrack truly wonderful. The lack of co-op features is a shame, though.
  8. Sep 15, 2013
    90
    Puppeteer is a delightful platformer whose attractive patchwork visuals and fairytale-style story are complemented by great voice acting, clever presentation, and a neat gameplay twist.
  9. Sep 13, 2013
    90
    Puppeteer grabs you from the get-go and refuses to let go, partially thanks to the charm and the graphics, but mainly due to the quality of everything. With it's fantastical graphical style, really solid (and fun) voice-acting and story, it really shines. Puppeteer is easily the most disarmingly charming game since Little Big Planet.
  10. Sep 12, 2013
    90
    The game that lucky little boy’s Dad created is dark, charming, and wildly varied, with a merge of English and Japanese imagery.
  11. Sep 10, 2013
    90
    Puppeteer is an excellent example of the 2D platform genre, but it wouldn't be nearly as memorable or enjoyable if it weren't for the way it so fully commits to its puppet show aesthetic.
  12. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    Puppeteer is an extreme accessible, brilliant and ironic platform that would seem most next-gen of the next-gen, or beautiful, if you prefer. A masterpiece of rare and exceptional beauty, suitable for young and old gamers. It does not matter how easy or difficult is: the last swan's song of the PlayStation 3 entitled Puppeteer, and does not cost too much either.
  13. 90
    A completely fresh game waits beneath the veneer of unoriginality. Players of all ages will enjoy Puppeteer.
  14. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    Kutaro's marvellous journey is packed with characters that are anything but wooden, and a narrative that's both self-aware and effortlessly charming, resulting in one of the best exclusive adventures on the PlayStation 3.
  15. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    With such a vibrant atmosphere and fundamentally fun gameplay, Puppeteer is a cut above most contemporary 2D sidescrollers.
  16. Sep 8, 2013
    90
    From its alliterative script to its dreamy visuals, the game is a wacky, whimsical homage both to classic storybook adventures and pure imagination.
  17. Sep 7, 2013
    90
    There’s so much to take in from the world of Puppeteer that the seven hours you’ll spend on the moon may not be enough. It’s not a fluffy story by any means, given the idea of a boy running around without his head, but it still manages to have a sugary exterior that will delight and entertain.
  18. Sep 6, 2013
    90
    Puppeteer is a game that most might overlook, but it's an inventive, beautiful new world with fantastical ideas.
  19. Sep 6, 2013
    90
    Amazing atmosphere and a fantastic character design make Puppeteer a marvelous 2D platformer.
  20. Sep 6, 2013
    90
    The juxtaposition of cartoonish humour with incredibly dark and macabre imagery and story direction means that even after playing for several hours you’ll still find things to surprise and shock you.
  21. Sep 6, 2013
    90
    Puppeteer is a little quirky, perhaps even a little insane in places, but unashamedly so. And you know what? It works brilliantly.
  22. Sep 6, 2013
    90
    Most of what this adventure does is refreshing and just plain charming — especially for its take-my-money-please $39.99 price. The title made me smile with its top-notch production value, radiant world, and phenomenal music.
  23. Sep 6, 2013
    90
    It’s rare that a game can succeed at offering something for all audiences, but Puppeteer manages to accomplish just that. With a charming story, innovative gameplay, and a theatrical visual style that’s impossible not to love, this platformer’s a great fit for parents, kids, and everyone in between.
  24. Sep 6, 2013
    90
    If you've ever played and enjoyed a 2D platform game, you cannot miss this one. Another title that proves that this genre, long forgotten, is back.
  25. Oct 19, 2013
    89
    An imaginative tour-de-force, Puppeteer is an original and beautiful gem. [Dec 2013, p.67]
  26. Oct 5, 2013
    89
    Puppeteer is proof that the current console generation is going out with a bang. This dark and murky fairy tale adventure is a true pearl amongst platformers. [Oct 2013]
  27. Sep 17, 2013
    88
    It’s got a delightful cheery exterior, but underneath lies a fairly dark plot that makes wonderful use of the stage play setup to create a visual style you don’t see very often.
  28. Sep 10, 2013
    88
    Puppeteer is a rare experience that shouldn't be missed. The gameplay is very varied and the changing of decor prevents boredom from setting in. No matter how young or old you are, there's something for everyone in this magical and beautifully animated world.
  29. Sep 6, 2013
    88
    An amazing adventure, bright and full of courageous concepts. A new form of "theatrical platform".
  30. Sep 6, 2013
    87
    While Puppeteer's unique construction doesn't always make for the most fluid action, it presents some new ideas across an undeniably fun and diverse journey. Creatively fashioned visuals and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor lend an impressively elaborate feel to the overall production.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 187 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  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 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 16, 2013
    10
    People who are rating this game in the negative scale are out of their mind.
    This game does many new things, many old things better than
    ever, without ever trying to copy something from another franchise.

    The graphics are superb, they pop right out at you looking like they really are made of wood, and are some of the most colourful in the entire generation. The music too, is awesome. It has that epic film score likeness but it's been refined into somewhat of a poppy video game style.

    The gameplay is some of the most unique yet and for a first iteration of the game it is executed wonderfully, it starts off slowly introducing jumping and ducking and rolling to get about and dodge enemies, while simultaneously introducing your secondary partner, a cat (and later a fairy) who can investigate the background and foreground for secrets that may lead to lives, power ups, secret heads or bonus stages. The main mechanic is from the scissors (calibre) that Kutaro gains in the first level, cut into enemies, cut around the level via leaves or smoke, cut into bosses, and cut along seams in a furious and fast fashion for a big thrill.

    On top of that it introduces new mechanics to the platform genre, a permanent Ninja head power that allows you to throw bombs, a bull head that allows you to smash down on obstacles and more. Once you've completed the game the first time you can go back through from the start and find secrets that lead to enemies and heads never found or fought before with your new head powers.

    The bosses as well are some of the finest I've ever seen, there are more than 13 of them, the generals as well as things called Weavers which are like mini-bosses it really feels the best of the Mega Drive-SNES era non-Nintendo platformers brought into Modern era, except being about 3 times as large with more content. The game is actually somewhat of a spiritual successor to Dynamite Headdy, especially with it's head mechanics, and puppet theatre setting, it even has a big bad bear as it's protagonist the Moon Bear King, (it was trouble-bruin or Murayama in the jp version of Dynamite Headdy.)

    All I can say is the game will blow you away, and it doesn't try to imitate Mario or Kirby or any other platformer, it fits perfectly among the others, this seems as though it will be another highly rated SCEJ game with critical acclaim that may not sell well at FIRST... but as time goes on, if people let others know how masterfully crafted it is, it might explode like Dynamite.
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  3. 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.


    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.
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