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Paper Mario Sticker Star 


I was so excited when Nintendo announced Paper Mario Sticker Star on the Nintendo 3DS. We blanketed the game with excessive amounts of coverage. I had one mild concern about the game, but reserved judgment until I got to play it. I scraped up enough money to finally purchase this hand held title. WOW, Paper Mario Sticker Star is a huge disappointment.

We have to collect stickers in Paper Mario Sticker Star. They are all over levels, inside question mark boxes, and there are shops for them. Sometimes an enemy will leave one behind. Stickers are used as tools for get through certain areas. Stickers are used as the attacks in Paper Mario Sticker Star. There is no basic attack in this game. If you run out of stickers you will die or try to run away.

The major design flaws in Paper Mario Sticker Star are amazingly aggravating. Breaking the camels back is the straw that makes many of the puzzles insanely confusing. A few make sense like using a bowling ball on bowling pins. Others are less obvious and it can take hours to figure them out. Or you can give up and quit the game. I chose a third option - find a game guide to explain to me the odd ways of getting through.

Paper Mario Sticker Star is not really a role playing game, and not really an action adventure game. It is sort of half of each, but really neither of either one. We gain no experience from battles - just coins (and sometimes stickers). I found myself avoiding battles as much as possible. They drained me of stickers that were needed to beat the bosses. Speaking of bosses - you need to bring the right stickers to beat them. There is no clue as to what that is until you fight them. Nice manufactured replay value there Nintendo.

The 3D effects in Paper Mario Sticker Star are okay. There are some cool effects in terms of knocking enemies into the screen or way off the background. The sound effects in Paper Mario Sticker Star are classic Mario sounds we have come to expect. They are in so many games that they are common place now. Paper Mario Sticker Star is overpriced, too hard, and too short.
- Paul


Graphics: 80%
Sound: 79%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 40%
Family Friendly Factor: 77%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo

Rating: ‘E’ for Everyone
{Mild Cartoon Violence}

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