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Video Game: Puppeteer
Not many people can perform a Yorrick soliloquy with their own head, but Kutaro is one of them.
"Welcome to the magical theatre, of the strange and fantastic....."
- Professor Gregorious T. Oswald

Puppeteer is a side-scrolling platformer for the PlayStation 3. Puppeteer takes place in a magical puppet theatre, owned and run by the slightly eccentric but thoroughly charming Professor Gregorious T. Oswald. His latest production is the weirdly titled “The Perilous Journey of a Boy Named Kutaro.”

On one dark, moonlit night, the star of the show, a young boy named Kutaro, is carried away by the maleficent Moon Bear King to a black castle, where the unlucky lad is transformed into a puppet. Kutaro then displeases the terrible tyrant, who duly devours the boy’s wooden head and casts away his body. But the headless hero is not alone, for he discovers a very special pair of magic scissors, which will help him on his harrowing quest to find his head -— and his way home.

Unlike most games where you move through the world, the world of Puppeteer actually moves around you, with all the action taking place on the same stage. The sets are continually moving and changing, taking you on an adventure with surprises in every scene.

Puppeteer contains the following tropes:

  • Animated Actors: The game is a play and every character is a cast member acting a part.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After swallowing the souls of every child on Earth, Moon Bear King becomes a giant larger than his own castle.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Bugging the Witch during tutorial segments will make her turn the current companion into a creature or object related to the current events, such as turning Ying Yang into a carrot, or Pikarina into a parrot. The Witch herself is actually the Moon Goddess turned into an ugly form by the breaking of the White Moon Crystal.
  • Big Eater: Pikirina shows signs of this, especially when the cake appears in Hallowee Ville.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Kutaro's original head, which you get after you beat the game. It has the ability to activate every head action without the intended head.
  • Bright Castle: Castle Waxwane
  • Colossus Climb: Inverted, the final boss against the Moon Bear King has you literally cut him down to size until he's just a head.
  • Constellations: The Moon Bear King in turn has Ursa Major as his theme. His original form, Little Bear, is Ursa Minor.
  • Cool Sword: By appearances when closed, the magical pair of scissors Calibrus. Wielded like one it's more like a blunt instrument. Still excellent for cutting though.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ying Yang, Ezma's cat.
    "Lovely, another dunce who left his head in the Moon Bear King's belly..."
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Nebula Oblongata gets mad if you call her Susan.
  • Eastern Zodiac: All of the Moon Bear King's generals follow this theme.
  • Fetch Quest: Kutaro is another kid in a long line of kidnapped children sent by the Witch to fetch her the Moon Bear King's scissors.
  • Framing Device: The whole game's story takes place within a puppet show being performed by Gregorious T. Oswald and the actors and puppeteers of the theatre he runs.
  • Geek: Gregorious starts to geek out when there's giant robots or airplanes about.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: The Robo Crab boss. Using the crab head during it causes an ACTUAL giant crab to appear. And yes, they DO make the obvious jokes.
  • Giant Squid: One of the bosses in Act 3.
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