Unhappy - 4 days ago
(TL;DR): there is almost nothing satisfying about this game and I am only playing it to the end because I bought it for myself, it was expensive, and I'm not a quitter. Having played the N64 game (paper Mario) at least 3 times (it was so fun) I wanted to give this a go. I expected similar game play, story, mini quests and battling bosses, leveling up after beating bosses, and so on. just with better graphics and updated controls. But it's so bland and annoying to play. You get one "partner," an adorable origami character named Olivia. but she doesn't fight alongside you. She just talks a lot and sometimes prevents you from walking backwards on a path if you're "supposed to" find something in your current scene. she does come in handy in some boss battles and in certain parts of the map where you have to use "magic circles" you need her for. The whole map is filled with "not so bottomless holes" which you have to throw confetti on until they are sealed. (if it's in the ground and still a hole, you can fall in and suffer damage.) Filling a hole earns you some coins. You can only hold so much confetti. you get confetti from hitting trees, bushes etc with your hammer, or by beating your enemies in battles. But the only other real reward for battles is coins. On to the battles and bosses. So as someone said first, your attacks mostly just consist of pressing A. You fight solo, so all you pick is a weapon (different varieties of boots or hammers) or an item (very little variety). The whole battle layout is annoying especially for bosses who can make it almost impossible for you to attack them, or even increase their own HP if you can't solve the maze fast enough on your turn. the boss battles will just drag on and on forever, both parties able to increase HP anytime, I eventually just turn the game off mid battle because it is just pointless, frustrating and unrewarding. There is no level up system in this game when you beat a boss. instead your "confetti capacity" increases. So you can cover up more holes with confetti and collect more coins. Besides more boots, hammers or limited items, there's not much to buy. this makes the coins a very weak incentive. I recently purchased this game and it's been a time suck, as I expected (again, I played the 64 version multiple times- I know the game is long) but the actual game has only been enjoyable a very small percentage of the time. Much of the game is just absolute nonsense and frustration. There is always a pointless, boring battle. Finding a treasure chest is no longer exciting because they only contain "collectible" items that serve no purpose. Some chapters' riddles are so ridiculously hard that I, an adult, resorted to using game cheats on occasion, a last resort just to move on in the game. I don't understand how a child is supposed to get through this game without cheating. Overall, very very disappointed with this game. End rant.