Reviews for the Lazy Gamer: Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Game: Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Publisher/Developer: Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
Describe This Game in Three Words: Still Ain't SMRPG
Plot Synopsis: The Mushroom Kingdom is celebrating a sticker festival (Your guess is as good as mine, folks), when the festivities are interrupted by Bowser. Soon, he's up to his old tricks of kidnapping Princess Peach, only this time he's endowed with the power of really shiny magical stickers that also apparently drive monsters into meth-like frenzies. If Lewis Carroll and Madeleine L'Engle had teamed up to write a Mario title, this would pretty much be it.
Up Up: The Paper Mario series has always been pitched to me as the spiritual successor of Super Mario RPG, which is one of the greatest games ever made. Even so, I've never really been able to get into the games except to remark on the comedic genius of the villain Fawful.
Sticker Star is a very fun and innovative game. Despite the somewhat ridiculous premise of the adventure, even for a Mario title, it is strangely addictive to run around a 3D landscape with a 2D character looking for stickers to pull off walls and floors for battle skills or to make changes in the scenery.
My favorite so far was a puzzle that ended up causing a Rube Goldberg machine of toppling trees and mountains in the background in order to unlock a hidden item. It's a laughably long sequence in which backdrops all tumble in a domino effect. Those sort of little touches give the game an unique charm no other title can boast.