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  • Summary: Follow Vi, Kabbu, and Leif as they uncover the secrets of the Land of Bugaria! Explore and combine your team's abilities to solve puzzles, defeat powerful enemies and find ancient treasures!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 18, 2020
    90
    Despite not expecting it at all going in, Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling might just be my favorite game that I've played so far this year. It's the proper template for a love-letter done right -- to not simply staple oneself to the blueprint of their inspiration and meekly play parakeet, but to establish a cohesive identity beyond that. So many parts of Bug Fables felt so wholly inspired and creative that calling it a clone of anything else feels like a disservice. I wouldn't just suggest Paper Mario fans give Bug Fables a shot (though they absolutely should), but any fans of RPGs, period.
  2. Dec 13, 2019
    90
    Bug Fables is a truly excellent spiritual successor to the original Paper Mario format. It’s made with loving care and is a lot of fun, and I cannot recommend it enough to those who want to re-live the first two Paper Mario games, or just anyone who wants to play a cute RPG with a lot of heart.
  3. Dec 4, 2019
    85
    Bug Fables borrows some ideas from other games, but the execution is fantastic, making the most of them. Behind its cartoony art, lies one of the best indie RPGs of the year.
  4. Dec 12, 2019
    80
    Nintendo hasn't made a true Paper Mario game since 2004's Thousand Year Door, and if you've always wished for another game like those first two in the series then you should probably check this out. It doesn't revolutionize the RPG formula, but Bug Fables shows that you don't need an Italian plumber to have fun playing with paper.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. May 27, 2020
    10
    It's like a slightly more serious, focused paper mario game about bugs. It's really good. Just get it already.
  2. May 20, 2020
    10
    If you haven't played Paper Mario before, you'll like it.
    If you have played Paper Mario before, you'll LOVE it!
    For it's price, this game
    If you haven't played Paper Mario before, you'll like it.
    If you have played Paper Mario before, you'll LOVE it!
    For it's price, this game is more than just a steal that does it's inspiration justice, and then some.
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  3. Jan 3, 2020
    10
    As a Paper Mario fan its my fav game ever. It does everything Paper Mario did but even better. Such a charming experience that you shouldnt miss
  4. Jun 6, 2020
    10
    What an incredibly charming game that taps into exactly what made the old Paper Mario games so much fun to play.
    It might not be as long or
    What an incredibly charming game that taps into exactly what made the old Paper Mario games so much fun to play.
    It might not be as long or as polished as that but it's sure as hecc miles above what Nintendo has been doing with their franchise and I had a lot of fun playing it.
    The characters are lovely and their dialogue, jokes, and banter is so enjoyable.
    The graphic iconic and colorful and gameplay a lot of fun.

    One of the things I wasn't too crazy about is how when you need to use Medal/Badges which gives you special attributes, there always seem to be a tradeoff instead of them outright improving your characters.
    Like, you'd get a badge that gives 1+ to attack BUT 1- to defense.
    You have to pour your level up points into medals to actually make use of them, which in itself should be the tradeoff so I didn't feel it as satisfying to use medals as I did using badges in Paper Mario.

    I definitely hope to see more from this franchise again in the future!
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  5. Feb 3, 2020
    10
    A must-have for any true fans of Paper Mario games. It's cute, cartoony and in a good way since it has the charms of the original games. ItA must-have for any true fans of Paper Mario games. It's cute, cartoony and in a good way since it has the charms of the original games. It pretty much nails down the mechanics and feels like a proper RPG.

    Overall, it's a solid indie game and is well worth the money.
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  6. Feb 29, 2020
    10
    Just amazing, sweet lovable characters and a fun time all around. The controls can be a little bit finicky, especially in the overworld whenJust amazing, sweet lovable characters and a fun time all around. The controls can be a little bit finicky, especially in the overworld when trying to use your abilities, but even though that's annoying it's not enough to take away from the overall experience. The world is beautiful, takes you back to the days of Paper Mario and Okami as its style seems to be a combination of both of those. There's a surprising amount of depth to this game and it's definitely worth multiple playthroughs, it's just that fun. Expand
  7. Jun 7, 2021
    0
    After playing thousand year door last year, I was dying to try this game out and I finally did. Man I wish I played this game sooner.

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