Paper Monsters originally launched way back in January of 2012 for iOS, and since then has been completely redone, made for the Wii U, and then ported back to iOS. Paper Monsters Recut is now available, and it freshens up the paper craft themed 2D style platformer with 3D elements. The big new feature is an entire graphics overhaul, and the game definitely looks gorgeous on retina displays with all new 3D design with enhanced details, lighting, and shadows. Paper Monsters Recut gives new life to the cartoon paper craft world of the original, but graphics aren’t all that’s new with the Recut.
Paper Monsters Recut really emphasizes the Recut portion of the title as the entire flow of the game has been redesigned. Some of the previous level elements are included, but now all of the portions really fit together much better for mobile. You can pull of jump sequences, discover hidden objects, and interact with the environment at an improved pace. The only drawback with the original Paper Monsters was the length of some of the levels, and the tedious positioning of some obstacles or collectables. All of that has been rectified, and then some for a more entertaining platformer from beginning to end. Not only that, but the positioning of the levels has changed to switch up environments at a great pace to keep things a lot fresher, while making you feel like you’re doing more.
Don’t confuse repurposing existing level elements as meaning Paper Monsters Recut is just the same game. Every level has been completely redone, and not only that, but there are completely brand new levels set in space. The space levels give you access to a jetpack and laser to pilot to all new positions, while firing upon enemies. There are more levels in total with some shorter set-ups, and yet the entire game feels like a longer experience. The game also features a very compelling nature by nailing the best elements of platformers of the past, and incorporating them with the new age style and outstanding design. Paper Monsters Recut does a great job of keeping you going from level to level, while being constantly engaged in every move within a given level. The game features a great gameplay balance, so that it never feels as easy as the original, while still no being too hard.
Paper Monsters Recut ($4.99, Universal) refines, enhances, and builds upon an already great game while updating it for today’s standard making it well worth picking up.