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....."Puppeteer
- Professor Gregorious T. Oswald
is a side-scrolling platformer
for the PlayStation 3
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.
- 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.
- Ground Pound: A Use Your Head version granted by a bull-masked Wrestler head.
- Halloweentown: The aptly-named level Hallowee-Ville.
- Headless Horseman: The Mayor of Hallowee-Ville.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The main reason Kutaro succeeded on the Witch's FetchQuest, is because his decapitation at the hands of the Moon Bear King allowed him to use other heads.
- Hooks and Crooks: Kutaro gains a Grappling-Hook Pistol ability from a Pirate head.
- Idle Animation: Over one hundred for Kutaro, one for each head.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Turns out this is what Moon Bear King wanted all along.
- Improbable Weapon User: Kutaro.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: The Moon Ninja ability.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: The Octopus boss.
- Ironic Echo: "Kutaro, will you be my friend? Pals to the bitter end?"
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY : Kutaro's name is pronounced "Koo-ta-ro", not "Cut-ar-o".
- Killed Off for Real: All 12 of the generals are killed. General Rat gets strangled, General Dragon gets cut to pieces, General Monkey gets lost in space and so on and so on.
- possibly averted since every general is seen during the ending credits. Since every character is an actor, it's possible that their deaths were just for the story and not intended to be real.
- Knight in Shining Armor: A Knight head where the shining armors is a gameplay element.
- Large Ham: Considering it's a play, there are a lot of these. The Kappagaeru mother and Nebula Oblongata are this in-universe.
- Lemony Narrator: Professor Gregorious.
- Level Ate:
- One of the very first levels takes place in the Witch's kitchen, and is spent jumping on various oversized foodstuffs.
- Curtains 1 and 2 of Act 5 have lots of candy and pumpkins in them, but it's specifically stated that eating them will turn you into a monster.
- Losing Your Head: Kutaro has his head ripped off in the intro to prevent him from taking up the mantle of the Chosen One and defeat the Moon Bear King.
- Never Say "Die": Averted; whenever the context is appropriate — such as when important characters are defeated or otherwise killed — words like "die" and "kill" are used.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Killing General Dragon causes the gateway between the Earth and the Moon to stay open, allowing the Moon Bear King to continue swallowing souls.
- Precision F-Strike: The characters say "damn" and "hell" at a few points.
- Most of the trophies you get for defeating bosses are named after theatrical plays, like Death Of A Sales Man, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, and Fiddler on the Roof.
- The Robo Crab boss fight references plenty of robot and Sci-Fi shows, and even the infamous Giant Enemy Crab.
- In Act 4, Curtain 2, Kutaro and Pikarina discover a wanted poster for Kutaro with a lot of zeros on it. Pikarina says that Kutaro must be infamous, to which Kutaro responds by shooting red lighting out of Calibrus, evoking inFAMOUS.
- Show Within a Show: The framing device for the game is a puppet show called "The Perilous Journey of a Boy Named Kutaro".
- Soul Jar: Most of the enemies in the game, each of them housing souls the Moon Bear King is holding hostage.