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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 22, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Está divertidísimo, bastante emocional y los jefes son muy retadores, el Villano cumple muy bien su función, los diálogos son buenísimos; por otro lado falla en precisión del joycon, no hay evolución del personaje (incrementar nivel, solo corazones, no hay ataques tándem cómo en "Superstar saga") en cambio tienes que comprar objetos más poderosos, es un juego muy largo y colorido, el soundtrack está muy genial, los puzzles muy buenos... Yo le pondría un 9.5, está muy bueno para mí perspectiva, a diferencia de los "Review bombing" en metacritic que se nota que no lo jugaron. Son geniales los mapas y las inteligentes búsquedas de toads, quienes te ayudan en tus batallas (siempre que los encuentres y les pagues con monedas), a mí me encantó el teatro, el barco, la zona ninja y samurai, bastante interesante el desierto..... Es un clásico instantáneo, de los mejores Paper Mario. Expand
  3. Jul 20, 2020
    9
    Is it the best game of 2020? No. Is it the best Paper Mario game? Probably not. Is it still a great game? Yes. The graphics are amazing, theIs it the best game of 2020? No. Is it the best Paper Mario game? Probably not. Is it still a great game? Yes. The graphics are amazing, the music is great, and the dialogue is funny. I give this game an 8.5/10. The new combat system is good, especially during bosses, and there is a good amount of content to keep you playing after the game is over. It took me about 25 hours to beat, and there's no postgame, which is disappointing, but I still really enjoyed it! Expand
  4. Jul 24, 2020
    8
    Everything about Paper Mario: The Origami king is good.
    All the characters have a lot of personality, the visuals are stunning, the world has
    Everything about Paper Mario: The Origami king is good.
    All the characters have a lot of personality, the visuals are stunning, the world has a lot to explore and the story is really good with a lot of unexpected twists.
    Even though it is really good in all these aspects there's just one essential thing that I've disliked about this game : gameplay.
    Your first battles are good but after a few time the gameplay starts to be boring it's the same board and techniques over and over again if it didn't have the timer it would be extremely boring. The boss battles are an expection though, they're actually really unique on their own and they need a little more strategy to be defeated.
    Basically, this new entry to the Paper Mario series has a lot of charm in it's characters, world, story and boss battles that are all unique and many times unexpectable, It's a shame the regular battles are boring.
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  5. Sep 29, 2020
    7
    A charming game with humour out the door. Beautiful visuals make for one of the best games on the Switch visually. However, it can be a bitA charming game with humour out the door. Beautiful visuals make for one of the best games on the Switch visually. However, it can be a bit boring at times, and a drag to play through. Despite a lot of the negativity this game gets, I thoroughly enjoyed myself all the way through until the end despite a clear lack of incentive in an XP system for example. Expand
  6. Jul 23, 2020
    4
    got the game a few days early so i was able to beat it a day before it came out

    so i just finished PAPER MARIO: THE ORIGAMI KING. the
    got the game a few days early so i was able to beat it a day before it came out

    so i just finished PAPER MARIO: THE ORIGAMI KING. the review. non spoiler review, not paid to review, all my own personal opinions.

    first the good
    -graphics are always great
    -gameplay feels smooth
    -lots of new characters and story to indulge yourself into until the next big nintendo game releases
    -new mechanics that bring a fresh style into the new series especially compared to sticker+color

    now the bad...which is a lot
    -confetti is just as bad as paint. please stop doing this
    -story is very lackluster and doesnt pull you in like past games do.
    -you dont remember the characters. for majority of the game since i barely heard olivias name i thought her name was candice

    -the new fighting system still sucks and i hate it with a passion. after you get used to it you still learn to hate it with new stuff they bring in mid/end way into the game
    -theirs no replayability. this is a game you'll play once and probably never want to touch again

    -literally you cant replay it. you'll find out why when you get it lol.
    -no actual rpg elements here with no xp so you dont have an incentive to actually fight. i was going out of my way to dodge every single little fight i could.
    -bosses are horrible and so are mini bosses

    OVERALL
    personal score 4/10 i put it in the same category with sticker and color. this is nothing of a throwback to the good old games.

    score i would give people: 5/10 if you are bored and want to try paper mario then give it a shoot. if youve played past games not worth money.
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  7. Dec 30, 2020
    0
    It's fun, not overly complicated, and has that treasure hunting element as you try and find all the hidden blocks, toads, and treasure chests.It's fun, not overly complicated, and has that treasure hunting element as you try and find all the hidden blocks, toads, and treasure chests. Sure the battle system is weird, but hey, if you like puzzles they it's just fine. Expand

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