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  • Summary: Featuring a new ring-based battle system that mixes puzzle-solving skills with traditional turn-based combat, Paper Mario: The Origami King aims to put new twists in the series' established formula.
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  1. Positive: 87 out of 116
  2. Negative: 0 out of 116
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 7, 2020
    100
    Origami King is a huge game created from dozens of small entertaining levels, missions and simple quests and other things to do. While still working with years-proofed mechanics, it is not afraid to bring out something new and fun. [Issue#306]
  2. Jul 15, 2020
    90
    A constant flow of imagination and good ideas, filled with variety and surprises at every corner. From now on, every time the words "fun as hell" come to our mind, we'll remember Paper Mario: The Origami King.
  3. NF Magazine
    Oct 26, 2020
    85
    If you're looking for a return to the originals, you'll be disappointed – but only just. This is a worthy standalone title, and its story is great. [Issue #48 – September/October 2020, p. 68]
  4. Jul 15, 2020
    80
    Paper Mario: The Origami King is an adorable adventure, a breath of fresh rhythm on Nintendo Switch. The artistic direction, the well thought-out fighting system, the puzzles that require a reading of the environment and the atmosphere through the many sets make this game a real fun video candy-filled with humor and secrets, and very good experience.
  5. Jul 23, 2020
    80
    Apart from the combat part, Paper Mario: The Origami King is fun, adorable, and full of surprises.
  6. 75
    I liked playing Paper Mario: The Origami King. It has such high points with the music, the visuals, the comedy, and the willingness to try new ideas. I love how experimental the adventure is with the large variety of situational humor and mini-games. This world was such a treat to journey through, and it was nice to have more then one meaningful emotional moment again in a Paper Mario game. It’s so clear that The Origami King is trying to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to its combat system. It’s so strange to me how optional the game is to play. I did go for completing every challenge presented to me, but I can definitely foresee players skipping ahead because of the lack of incentives. I applaud Paper Mario: The Origami King for trying something new, but am worried that the friction between its ongoing genre identity is going to keep the series running around in circles.
  7. Jul 23, 2020
    55
    While Paper Mario: The Origami King makes excellent strides in terms of humor and adventure game design, it’s still sorely lacking aesthetically and features a horrendous battle system that only gets more frustrating as you play. I’ve given up on the series returning to the style of my childhood’s classics, but if the series ditches battles entirely it could make for some extremely fun adventure games.

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  1. Jul 18, 2020
    10
    Good Game, Its a Paper Mario Classic with a good adventure, that game its so beatyful
  2. Jul 21, 2020
    10
    Very very charming and always nice to see Nintendo invent new ways to play this game is a must play
  3. Jul 19, 2020
    9
    Aunque no es lo que todos esperábamos es un juego muy divertido, cada aspecto del juego está bien hecho y se agradece.
  4. Jul 23, 2020
    8
    Good Game, Its a Paper Mario Classic with a good adventure, that game its so beatyful
  5. Sep 28, 2020
    7
    Paper Mario: The Origami King
    Know when to fold
    The Origami king is a bit of a tactical rpg meets platformer that of coure takes place in
    Paper Mario: The Origami King
    Know when to fold
    The Origami king is a bit of a tactical rpg meets platformer that of coure takes place in the world of Mario.. and boy is this the perfect love hat relationship game.
    In this game the Origami king has taken Peaches castle, wrapped it up in streamers and you with the help of the kings sister set out to unravel each ribben and tke down the origami king..
    For the most part I absolutely loved existing in this world, its so full of color, charm, and mystery… you have a bag of confetti that you throw over rips and tears, which earns you coin, there are hundreds of toads for you to find that can help you in battle.. for a price of course.. and you set off on this 30 hour long adventure, just doing fetch quests and back tracking, solving mysteries, finding secrets, on that note paper Mario the origami king is an absolutely amazing experience… its world, its characters, its charm I loved it… however… the combat system here.. which unfortunately shares the spotlight just as much as the exploration.. I absolutely hate… literally the worst combat system ive ever experienced in a game period, let alone and rpg, here your goal is to slide and turn enemies, line them up and then jump on them or hit them with your hammer, and take turns until you defeat them, these battles are so easy, and such a slog to get through that they really have no business being here and existing… I do sortve like this system for this games boss battles, that by the way the game is full of… but I just really cant stand them and theyre ultimately what made me walk way after playing for a little over 20 hours, which is about the second to last boss battle.. I just couldn’t take the monotony anymore… these battles literally ruined the game from me…
    I maybe could’ve withstood if he origami king wasn’t such a long game.. it just never wants to end with constant convoluted area after convoluted area, running around different sections of the map,collecting items to get to the main bos battle, which is fine, but for that to be the formula for literally every ribbon, it gets exhausting…
    While paper Mario the origami king drastically suffers from pacing issues, as it never gives you a break with jus an occasional straight forward ribbon, the charm and the world will have you hooked and lost in this world, wanting to uncover all it has to hide.. that is again until you physically cant take it anymore…
    id love to see the completion stats of this game.. because I absolutely loved this game for the majority of my time with it, and even I couldn’t muster up the strength to finish
    I give Paper Mario: The Origami King
    a 7.5/10
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  6. Jul 24, 2020
    4
    The horrible puzzle combat didn't even let me want to play this game. Why did the Mario and Luigi games went bankrupt and not this seriesThe horrible puzzle combat didn't even let me want to play this game. Why did the Mario and Luigi games went bankrupt and not this series instead. Nintendo should stop the paper Mario franchise and bring back Mario and Luigi games Expand
  7. Feb 11, 2021
    0
    The most underrated game of 2020, the visuals, story, characters, boss battles and graphics are all perfect.

    Just because the regular
    The most underrated game of 2020, the visuals, story, characters, boss battles and graphics are all perfect.

    Just because the regular battles might get a bit boring over time did not take away from the game bring fantastic and my 2nd favorite Paper Mario game.
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