Paper Mario: Color Splash Review-In-Progress Part 3
In the second part of our Paper Mario: Color Splash Review-in-progress, we talked about the game’s battle system. Today I want to talk about the exploration aspect of the game and briefly about the game’s music! Here we go!
In Paper Mario: Color Splash, you will be going to a lot of places. The world map in Color Splash is huge! There were people who didn’t like that you had a Mario level style world map like Sticker Star. Of course, there were people like that. But this map is so handy! I’m glad I don’t have to walk in world to every level. And I love how each level has its own mini-story! The game’s approach here is much like what Dragon Quest 7 did. The levels feel a little episodic, but everything is interconnected (some levels more than others). Let’s take a look at what you’ll be doing in these levels and why its so cool.
Look everywhere, Talk to everyone, Paint Those White Spots
Each level of Color Splash is full of hidden things to find, Toads and/or enemies to talk to, and mysterious white spots on the ground and walls and other places. You should look all around the levels. You never know when a hammer hit to the ground or something else might reveal a hidden card or area. Just as important are the white colorless spots you see everywhere. If you paint these, you’ll get coins and sometimes cards! And coloring all those spots adds to your 100% ratings, which will unlock some special extras. There are plenty of things to find in every level!
Oh and you better talk to all the Toads you find and enemies who want to chat you up. These people might have important things to say and/or funny things to say! The writing in this game, as noted in a previous review-in-progress part, is so great. You don’t want to miss what these characters have to say.
Its also important to talk to your paint can buddy Huey. He will sometimes give you important clues as to what you should be doing. And Huey is funny too!
From battles to exploring places, finding things, talking to Toads, getting wrapped into timed based mini-games (these can be frustrating but ultimately rewarding), and more, you just never know what you’ll find in each Color Splash level. There is so much variety to this game! Even more so than any other Paper Mario game. I could say more, but I don’t want to spoil any of the fun surprising moments you’ll find. Lets just say that you’ll never be bored with this game!
I do, however , want to talk about the game’s music just a little bit.
Paper Mario: Color Splash has fantastic music! There are the expected pieces of music, classic Mario music, and then there are unexpected beats that you’ll be humming along with too. The main menu has a wonderfully upbeat piece of music that I really love. But it just gets better with every level. There are blues songs, pirate songs, spooky songs…basically you name it and Paper Mario is likely to have it. The music changes a lot in this game and its always good.
The variety in battles, exploration, music, wacky toads, explosive enemies, and out of this world music is amazing. You can tell that Nintendo put a lot of work into this game. If Color Splash is one of the Wii U’s final games, then Nintendo is going out on a major high note!
A full review of Paper Mario: Color Splash is coming in the near future. But spoiler alert: This game is a 10 out of 10. No doubt about it. You should buy this game right now!