Paper Monsters Review
- Delightfully charming and cheery atmosphere.
- Handfuls of exploration challenges; though mostly aimed at casual/younger audiences.
- Standard platforming fare; not bad in itself, but fails to remain compelling for long.
Paper Monsters keeps things simple, yet fun, making it a great game for younger or more casual audiences.
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The recent release of Terra Noctis proved once more that not only are platformers still fun, but with the right tweaks they're perfect for iDevices. It seems that Crescent Moon Games and developer Robots vs Wizards were on the same wavelength when coming up with Paper Monsters, but instead of something akin to Yoshi's Island, this game channels simpler games of the era.
This isn't the developer's first rodeo when it comes to platformers and you can see shades of their previous title Doodle Monster smashed up with aesthetic inspirations from Little Big Planet in their latest release. As befitting a fairly standard platformer, the storyline is similarly generic and you as the cardboard protagonist must fight the paper-y hordes of Papyrus over 16 stages and four interesting boss battles.
While the controls are much of what you'd expect (virtual analogue/digital movement, tap to double jump), the presentation goes that step further by setting the game in a 2.5D world. The cute paper-themed worlds are charming, but more importantly layered with depth as the player constantly finds themselves warping to areas 'behind' the current stage to collect bonus objects and buttons. These can be traded in for costumes to pimp out your character, adding a touch of individual flair to the game.
Unfortunately the game never really feels like more than a basic platformer and while references to other classics (such as the mouth-portals from Mario 2) are neat, they don't really add to the experience. Similarly the occasional switch in gameplay (such as controlling a submarine) breaks up the flow, but doesn't provide anything beyond a temporary sea-change.
Although Paper Monsters fails to take the opportunity to explore the platforming genre outside of a few visual touches, the experience is none-the-less short, tight and fun enough to keep you hooked till the end. Those after more of a challenge may not find what they're looking for here, but for fans of classic platformers and casual gamers this is worth checking off your list.
Description#1 iPad Game in over 10 Countries - Apple iPad Game of the Week now with Retina support for the New iPad.
"From the gameplay to presentation to control, Paper Monsters is a real treat for iPad owners"
"Crescent Moon's Paper Monsters is one of the prettiest games to hit the App Store in a long time."
"The controls are masterfully crafted"
"a fresh, original soundtrack add those special touches to an already solid game"
GIZMODO UK - Gaming App of the Day
"Paper Monsters is a well-balanced little adventure, pretty to look at, and a nice diversion on a Friday afternoon"
"Paper Monsters is an incredibly fun platformer, and it’s downright gorgeous to look at"
"Paper Monsters Redefines The Boundaries Of Side Scrolling Adventures"
"For lack of a better word, it's perfect. Everyone should play this"
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"This traditional platformer is as gorgeous as they come."
Dive into the world of Paper Monsters and watch a living world made out of paper, cardboard, and a few cotton balls unfold right before your eyes.
Paper Monsters takes all of the classic 2d platforming elements, combines them with cutting edge graphics and then packs it onto your iPhone or iPad.
•Classic 2d sidescrolling gameplay with gorgeous 3d environments.
•iCade fully supported
•Original and adorable characters
•Awesome original soundtrack - headphones recommended!
•Fun under water and flying powerups.
•Two control types: "floating" Joystick or classic touch pad
•Game Center Leaderboards
•Adventure and Hunt for hidden Game Center Achievements
•28 Large Levels across 6 unique worlds
•Tons of secret areas!
•High score dash mode for endless replay value!
•Fun for all ages
•Universal for iPhone, iPod, and iPad
•Retina support for the New iPad
Paper Monsters supports iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4th Generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation 16gb and higher.
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