One of the big draws of Media Molecule’s Little Big Planet is its whimsical art direction, which marries burlap characters to a vibrant, textured world. This happens to be almost the same look that Robots vs. Wizards is shooting for with Paper Monsters, a similar kind of 2.5D platformer set for release on the iPod Touch and iPhone.

Over on our forums, game developer Robots vs. Wizards is giving our community several first looks of different pieces of the now-in-production game. On 4/7, we got a great look at one of the “baddies,” a troll-like dude.

One of more information updates came on 4/18. In that update, the team revealed that players would be able to “switch” between level layers and be able to get behind or in front of certain pieces of the game’s papercraft geometry. Also, there’ll be “portals,” which can transport you to entirely new areas, similar to a pipe in a Super Mario Bros game.

At its core, Paper Monsters looks to be a traditional kind of platformer, and that means that you’ll be able to harness the abilities of power-ups. The only one we know about so far is one that can turn your little box dude (pictured above) into a fire-breathing dragon.

We’re not sure when Paper Monsters is due out or at what price. Heck, we’re not even sure how deep this offering is. But if the art direction and apparent care to the 3D models is any indication, this is definitely a game to look out for in the coming months. Art usually speaks to production quality.

I should note that we’ve also reached out about the release information. When we hear back, we’ll let you know.

  • Meleemaster500

    the title should read "paper monsters"

    (pocket monsters obviously being the original japanese name for pokemon)

  • Anonymous

    Wow, "looks like" is an understatement. That said, my biggest problem with this game is that it would be way better to make levels on an iPad.

    • Anonymous

      I agree... What it looks like is a total rip-off. Even the character designs are similar.

  • Crex

    This game is going to be EPIC!

  • Happy W

    The focus on a papercraft theme is just enough to visually differentiate this game from LittleBigPlanet, IMO. I don't think I've seen anything like those origami monsters in LBP, and if the devs continue down that road, I think they'll end up making something that's distinctly their own. (The clouds on string, on the other hand...it might be prudent to just quietly scrap those at some point.)

    Also! All the quality platform games we've seen on iOS so far can be fairly described as "retro", I think—something like Paper Monsters, with high production values and lush graphics, could really hit the spot.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is: pleasepleasepleaseplease let this game be good.

    • Happy W

      i.e. the opposite of 'Toybox Adventures'.

  • MisterDrgn

    Given that the main draw of Little Big Planet is the level creation, that is a rather misleading headline...

    • Anonymous

      It did say "Looks Like". To be honest, LBP is a pretty fun platformer in it's own right, without the level building portions.

  • Mrsmartiepants

    God I want this on the ipad.

  • Anonymous

    now, no ill meaning or offense to the devs, but Doodle Monster was a terrible pile of garbage and unless something unbelievable has happened, I can't imagine this even being close to a cheap rip-off of LBP.

    I hold little, nay, no hope in this being good. If it is, I'll eat my hat and give them the props they deserve, but as for now I simply don't have much faith in that happening.

  • zeldafanboy23ify

    The main problem with the iTouch library (Other than shovelware) is rip-offs.

  • Anonymous

    Two things:
    1 - I hope it IS a rip off of Little Big Planet since it's the only reason I purchased a PS3 a few years ago, as that game never gets old.
    2 - If it is even a bit similar to the LBP series in that you can create levels, then why or why is the word "ipad" not part of that article?!!! It's 2011 developers! Love my iphone, but seriously, anything time consuming like level creation would be torturous.

  • http://twitter.com/bivisgames Bivis Games

    Sounds great! Its really like a Little Big Planet on IOS... the clouds are very similar to LBP design

  • Carl

    How are you guys not saying it's like Paper Mario when the title of the game is Paper Monsters?

    • Fredrik Jackson

      The word "paper" doesn't make the game alike.

      • Happy W

        Maybe. But the word "Paper" and the letter "M"? THEY'RE TOTALLY THE SAME!!!!

      • Carl

        No, it doesn't make the game alike... but the graphics and style of the game is similar to Paper Mario.

  • Hombre

    They have stolen idea from the game "big LITTLE plagiary 3: Made in China"
    http://www.mochigames.com/games/big-little-plagiary-3-made-in-china/

    • cucumberbugger

      the game on that link isn't even 3d or even close to this. Evrything looks a little like something but that is not close

  • JSmith

    Why relate this game to paper mario, paper mario is not in the same league as LBP. Aspire to replicate the feel of a good game, not a bad one :P I play on my iPhone more than my PS3 now, this is something I can't say about any other portrable device. We expect a console quality game on our tiny little screen please, we already have GTA and Oblivion etc. A decent platformer which breaks the mold of 'portable' platformers is what we need, we want console quality :D

    • dudeno

      paper mario > LBP