Paper Mario: Color Splash
Take control of Nintendo’s greatest hero as he battles to restore colour to the world, alongside a host of the franchise’s favourite secondary characters, such as Princess Peach and Toad. Piece together answer to ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘why’, as you play through numerous visually brilliant levels of puzzles and combat.
Mario’s flat, 2D paper cousin returns for the fifth installment in the niche hit Paper Mario, a visually gorgeous RPG featuring all your favourite Mario-world characters.
Borrowing heavily from Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Color Splash sets you out on a mission to restore color to Prism Island. Who or what is draining it, and why, are questions you need to answer, and you aren’t alone as you explore this visual feast of a game.
With several fan-favorites making up your sidekicks, along with your trusty hammer, you take Mario on an adventure to solve this conspiracy once and for all.
The gameplay is very unlike ‘normal’ Mario games, with many RPG-like elements in
Color Splash. One of these includes careful management of your paint levels – red, blue and yellow – which you can use to either restore color to the world or spend on cards.
Cards are a major feature of Paper Mario: Color Splash, and are mainly used for combat. For example, when taking part in the game’s semi-turn-based battles, you’ll select which card to use, which will then activate different combat abilities.
The full extent of these abilities is as of yet unknown, but they are sure to include Mario’s famous fireball attack, a spring jump, and a simple melee attack with your hammer.
VARIED LEVELS, ENEMIES & MISSIONS
The levels in Color Splash are expectedly linear, with a whole host of puzzles and traps to solve and overcome, and NPCs and enemies to meet and defeat. The designers have aimed for each level to have a different feel, so while one may be heavily focused on combat, another will have more puzzles to solve, and so on.
This is bound to keep the game fresh for a long while, as there will always be something different to do. You’ll also need to use a range of skills, including those gained from early Mario games when the game comes back to its platforming roots every now and again.
Of course, the most unique thing about Paper Mario is its distinctive art style. Awesome, flat, 2D paper characters and scenery are what the series is all about, and Color Splash has really aimed to make everything look as beautifully ‘papery’ as possible.
There will be plenty here for seasoned Mario players and new gamers alike, as the game brings back many of the series’ favorite characters, such as Toad and Princess Peach, to aid you on your mission. The developers also promise that the game will be light-hearted and fun, with funny dialogue and playful activities.
Paper Mario: Color Splash may be niche, but those looking for a fun game to while away the hours on their Wii U will definitely be pleased with its offerings. Mario is one character in the gaming world which, whatever he seems to do, rarely disappoints, and we can’t see Color Splash being any different.