Now with the retina display, gaming on the iPad is an amazing experience. Many developers have used the extra pixels to create some truly visually stunning games. A great example of one of these games is Paper Monsters. But does it live up to AppStorm expectations? Find out after the break.
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If you have ever played Little Big Planet or New Super Mario Bros, you already know what Paper Monsters is like. The peace of PaperLand is disturbed by a clan of monsters. It is your job as the nameless cardboard boy to restore the peace by completing all sixteen levels of the game.
Even the end of the levels are similar to Little Big Planet.
Needless to say, your mission will not be completed easily. You will spend hours trying to beat this game as the further you venture on into the game, the more obstacles and objects will be thrown in your way. Plus, there are many other elements of the game that need to be taken into account, but we’ll talk about these a little bit later.
While the game is pretty awesome, the controls could use some improvement. The controls are rather simple, Paper Monsters uses a joystick to control the game — something I absolutely can’t stand in iOS games. I have found the joystick to be quite finicky in this game and frustrating. More often than not, I have found my finger slipping off of the joystick itself.
As with most other iOS games that use it, the joystick control system isn't all that great.
If joysticks aren’t exactly your thing, you are able to switch the controls to the “Classic Touchpad” setting — a D-pad-like control system which I find even worse. Luckily for us, jumping isn’t all that difficult — tap once on the right of the screen to jump and twice to double-jump. However, this doesn’t compensate for the horrible directional controls.
Fortunately, Paper Monsters has a very involved and intricate storyline that is a blast to play. Paper Monsters features four four-level worlds, each with their own unique twists. Better yet, each level is pretty long, which amounts to hours of gameplay. It’s also a safe assumption that new content will be added to the app periodically, so you will easily get your money’s worth.
Each level packs its own punch and is fun to explore.
In each level, there are several different objects to collect. First, there are silver coins, which just award you some extra points. Gold coins give you points and can be used towards purchasing new items in the Dressing Room. Three paperclips are scattered around each level; collecting all three paperclips results in a substantial bonus. Of course, you will periodically be awarded an extra life.
Enemies are plentiful, especially as you progress through the game. Some enemies are tougher to beat than others, and new ones are introduced in every level. As usual, you have three lives before you are out of the game for good; each time you hit an enemy, you lose one life. To balance out the difficulty, the developers set up checkpoints in the middle of every level and added some pretty awesome power-ups.
Gameplay is quite addictive. Between the amount of items you have to search for in each level and the length of each level, you will most definitely find yourself playing this game for hours on end. It is quite clear that this is no quick-fix game, but is great for when you need something to hold you over a long wait.
As you could probably already tell from the snapshots, PaperLand was not built overnight. Quite honestly, the amount of detail in the artwork just blew me away. Textures are insane, animations are clean, and the use of perspective is stellar. The cartoon graphics also add a fun twist to the game. All of these elements look great on the iPad’s beautiful 9.7″ screen.
The awesome 3D fields and perspective in this app gives it a unique twist.
Paper Monsters creates a 3D environment unlike any other iOS platformer I have ever seen before. This aspect of the design makes Paper Monsters really stand out!
Paper Monsters comes packed with tons of extras. For one, the Dressing Room feature allows you to purchase accessories to dress up your little paper boy. Using the gold coins you collect while playing the game, you are able to buy top hats, headphones, sunglasses and more to give your character a little bit of personality. From here, you are also able to purchase additional gold coins via in-app purchases.
Dress up your cardboard boy with the accessories available in the Dressing Room.
The app also features two bonus and seasonal levels. These games — Drag ‘n Dash and Heartbreak Shakedown— add extra-oomph to the game by adding a twist on the standard gameplay. You will need to reach certain milestones in order to unlock these levels, but they are a really awesome addition nonetheless.
All in all, Paper Monsters is a pretty solid game. Combined with amazing graphics, its gameplay is nothing short of spectacular. Levels are very long but also very involved and fun, which makes the game great for long plane rides or waits at the doctor’s office, but not so great for when you need something to hold you over for a few minutes.
The only real pitfall to this app is its finicky controls, which could definitely be improved on. Besides that, Paper Monsters is a steal at just $0.99, go check it out now!