I've been playing Paper Mario: The Origami King a lot recently so here are my thoughts on what makes it stand out as a special game.
Paper Mario: The Origami King's laughs per minute is off the charts. This fun-filled adventure is jam-packed full of absurd moments and characters that will make you chuckle non-stop and the premise is silly, too, as toads and enemies alike have been folded into origami shapes from paper airplanes to disguised bugs. If you don't chuckle at that then you certainly will when you start exploring the large and varied world within Paper Mario: The Origami King. At one point, I came across a forest full of funky trees that loved to sing little tunes. Another time, I was walking through an underground cave that I had to unlock by collecting multiple gems and when I finally got in, I found a speaker system that allowed me to press a button and listen to an old descriptive audio recording as a spotlight highlighted parts of the cave. I don't think that cave was as elusive as the toads seem to suggest!
On top of the fun-filled absurdity of Paper Mario: The Origami King, every character you meet has their own personality and watching them interact will regularly give you the giggles. For example, my paper friend Olly won't stop calling my Bob-omb friend Bobby no matter how much he says that he doesn't like it. Bob-omb is also quite the physical comedian and finds himself constantly getting kidnapped or falling off a cliff, forcing me to go find him only to eventually discover him chilling out with a Shy Guy or hanging off a tree.
When it comes to gameplay, the battle system in Paper Mario: The Origami King is another aspect that sets it apart as unique. It's not your typical system where you select an attack and eventually level up to make your characters do more damage. Instead, every battle is a puzzle. You're in the center of a circle of rings and you have to figure out the most efficient way to organise the enemies surrounding you so that you can do the most damage. Bosses even have their own puzzles that require you to figure out a series of steps in order to do the most damage while healing and collecting items. They're a ton of fun and offer a good level of challenge. Plus, collecting hints on how to defeat them is optional but if you want to, you can find a way to pick up a hint as one of the steps.
So far, Paper Mario: The Origami King has impressed me with its constant chuckles and fresh and enjoyable battle system that offers a solid level of challenge. Anyway, stay tuned for my review next week to find out more about this much-anticipated sequel!