546140_largerGather around ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and allow me to present to you the papercraft circus. Let Paper Titans [$0.99] baffle and amaze or, alternatively, frustrate and fatigue as they traverse their wood fiber world. Blitz's parchment constructed 3D puzzler is a visual and aural marvel whose beauty, to an extent, assuages the relative drudgery of its gameplay.

Your goal in each stage is to reach a lipstick-sealed envelope dangling from the grasp of paper birds. It's stowed within easy reach somewhere about a folded amusement park stage, accompanied by a trio of optional hollow stars scattered afield, waiting to be collected. Such involves navigating your little green paper robots to each item, issuing orders by drawing lines and bypassing obstacles with the help of fellows as he goes.

You may skip straight to your goal, but it'd be painfully easy: what challenge there is comes correctly organizing your actors, each uniquely capable of dealing with a certain type of hurdle, to grab each star in turn before ending the level. Have a ruffley-collared accordion guy launch your collector up to a ledge he can't return from too early and you'll need to restart.

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A bit of foresight into how to manage your live resources, and the puzzle is solved. Following that, you perform the repeating process of scooting your otherwise meandering minions to their proper places like giving stage direction to a cast of kindergarteners.

I kept expecting it to build in complexity. You gain additional paper creatures to direct around, yes, but I'm half way through and the game hasn't expanded beyond figuring out the correct way of bustling them around in sequence and subsequently spending most of your time on each stage executing the solution. You're a traffic director more than a problem solver, pointing drivers down ever more pretzeled routes.

A great aesthetic can go a long way, though. Textures of card stock, wrapping paper, and old print affectionately wrap every surface, consistently lovely to stare at. Rather excellent music plays in performers who are terribly excited to be here. Despite not having particularly engaging mechanics, there's still some enjoyment to be had in bustling the little guys around.

The papercraft theme is driven home as you manually fold each new character type and artifact before it makes its appearance. A simple addition, but it adds a sense of ownership or parentage that endears the characters to you.

Delightful to watch and wonderful to listen to, but not terribly interesting to play. It's a handsome exercise in the rote that falls short of what enthusiastic chin-scratching ambitions it may have had.

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  • garret44

    I respect your opinion but I feel like recent reviews have given much less quality games higher scores.

    This game might not be perfect but I've enjoyed it. It beats most of the junk on the appstore filled with iaps.

    Its at the LEAST a glimpse of the potential the developer has for future games and I'm more than interested to see what they create

  • dancj

    Yeah. I'm two thirds of the way through now and still waiting for some kind of challenge.

    Very very pretty though. (Although the frame rate on the iPad 3 is a little juddery)

  • o0oJAKEo0o

    So, this review comes from someone who has only played through 1/2 of the game??? This game is not perfect by any means but, 3 stars?

    Come on man...

    • dancj

      If you're not enjoying a game by the time you're halfway through then you don't need to play the rest of the game to know it's not doing its job.

      • o0oJAKEo0o

        True but, you also can't review something as a whole if you have only experienced half of it.

      • TheFrost

        The truth right there, cant review a game after only played half of it. If you are a reviewer, you must ay it completely to make a fair judgement. Disappointed, will write down the name of the reviewer for future references :(

  • Will

    "what challenge there is comes correctly organizing your actors"

    I believe there's a missing "with" here

  • o0oJAKEo0o

    Maybe the title should read '1/2 of Paper Titans' - review...

Paper Titans Reviewed by Kris Goorhuis on . Rating: 3