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  • Summary: Bug Fables is an adventure RPG following three heroes, Vi, Kabbu, and Leif, as they embark on an epic quest in Bugaria in search of treasure and immortality! The game combines colorful platforming with the heroes' unique abilities as they explore a wide variety of areas in the kingdom.Bug Fables is an adventure RPG following three heroes, Vi, Kabbu, and Leif, as they embark on an epic quest in Bugaria in search of treasure and immortality! The game combines colorful platforming with the heroes' unique abilities as they explore a wide variety of areas in the kingdom. Battles are turn-based and make use of action commands that can enhance attacks. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 11, 2020
    100
    So maybe Nintendo will never make a truly great Paper Mario ever again. Lucky for us, Moonsprout Games may have cracked the chemistry of what many fans actually want from the series in Bug Fables. If you’re still mad about Sticker Star, or you’re still reeling about Color Splash, do yourself a favor and nab this masterpiece as soon as possible, and see what all the buzz is about. Rest assured, that even if Origami King turns out to be a dud, 2020 will see at least one great game with Paper Mario mechanics…even if it doesn’t bear its name.
  2. May 28, 2020
    100
    Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is the Paper Mario we’ve been waiting for for over fifteen years. It’s aesthetically pleasing to look at, the main characters have an amusing dynamic, and it has a fun turn-based battle system with real time elements and strategy. I urge not only Paper Mario fans to give it the chance it deserves, but anyone that has ever picked up an RPG.
  3. 95
    At the end of the day, Bug Fables is wearing its inspirations proudly on it’s sleeve, and still adding on its own experiences that are both meaningful and fun for players. I had a blast with this game, and I highly recommend it to all kinds of players, whether they be looking to dive into a fun story with lovable characters, trying a more tangible, interactive combat-focused game, or just attempting a challenge. Bug Fables does not pull its punches, especially in it’s hard mode, but it gives such bountiful rewards, that I am simply left having to return the favor.
  4. Jun 18, 2020
    84
    Bug Fables is much more than a loving tribute to the first two episodes of the Paper Mario franchise: it is a beautifully crafted rpg adventure that any Switch owner should not miss.
  5. Jun 16, 2020
    80
    Everyone that is excited over the prospect of the upcoming Paper Mario: The Origami King needs to pick this up. While Sticker Star and Colour Splash took the series in quite unwelcomed directions, this fully embraces the original. The combat system keeps things constantly engaging, the world is inviting, and the trio of main characters utterly charming. This is a world that deserves to be further explored and returned to, and it will hopefully see future instalments. The Origami King has some genuine competition here.
  6. Jun 2, 2020
    80
    A bit of a triumph, Bug Fables is a superbly polished independent tribute to the first two Paper Mario games – but that's not to say it doesn't have its own, strong identity. The sheer familiarity is a little bit wearying at times – seriously, it's like it's been traced over in places – but Paper Mario with the serial numbers filed off is still a very good time. There's plenty to see and do, a rather compulsive card game to play and hidden secrets all over the place. Add all this silky-smooth performance, a splendid soundtrack and turn-based combat that's never less than engaging and you've got a surefire winner here. Maybe now people will quit "bugging" Nintendo for a throwback Paper Mario. Pun intended. (Sorry.)
  7. Jun 9, 2020
    70
    Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling was made as a tribute to the Paper Mario series and in an attempt to recapture the spirit of the first game of the series. While Bug Fables does not succeed in this purpose, it does deliver a good game, with an addictive combat, well structured plot (and a lot of dialogues), as well as game world that's a marvel to look at. So while the more spiritual goal to pay tribute to Nintendo's series went off the mark, the secondary objectives to make a good game are undoubtedly successful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. May 30, 2020
    10
    This is the best Paper Mario game since TTYD. It truely is the spiritual successor and puts all the other Paper Mario games to shame. IThis is the best Paper Mario game since TTYD. It truely is the spiritual successor and puts all the other Paper Mario games to shame. I wouldn’t be surprised if this may end up better than origami king based on the battle system alone. Expand
  2. May 28, 2020
    10
    Ok so one of my favourite game is Paper Mario TTYD and you know what Bug Fables is even better. Get this and You wont be disapointed I dontOk so one of my favourite game is Paper Mario TTYD and you know what Bug Fables is even better. Get this and You wont be disapointed I dont even know why are you checking reviews for serious. Get this game already Expand
  3. Jun 10, 2020
    10
    The Paper Mario we've all wanted. Amazing music, charming characters, wonderful gameplay, perfect combat anf awesome medal system.
  4. Jan 31, 2021
    10
    The game plunged me back to my childhood times! This is a gorgeous little gem in the game world!

    10 bugs from 10!
  5. Jun 29, 2021
    10
    This games story, lore gameplay, world, side quest and all have been a damn great experience I’ve not had ever before! I cannot wait to seeThis games story, lore gameplay, world, side quest and all have been a damn great experience I’ve not had ever before! I cannot wait to see what else Moonsprout Games has in store! Expand
  6. Aug 10, 2020
    9
    Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is the return to Paper we didn’t deserve. It features unique and interesting characters, an expansive andBug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is the return to Paper we didn’t deserve. It features unique and interesting characters, an expansive and exciting overworld, and a long set playtime making it worth the money. If you love RPG’s, I strongly suggest you get it. I don’t recommend or ask, I STRONGLY suggest you to buy it. Expand
  7. Aug 8, 2020
    7
    I liked this game but I feel its started very slow. The first 10 hrs were a slog to get through but then it picked up and was pretty fun.I liked this game but I feel its started very slow. The first 10 hrs were a slog to get through but then it picked up and was pretty fun. Wasn't to difficult even with the challenge badge they give you that makes the bosses harder. With all the quest you can really put a lot of time into this game if you want to. I don't love the quick time event battle system, but its solid. Expand

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