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Kutaro is a little boy taken away by the evil Moon Bear King. He must escape the king's castle and rescue his fellow little comrades with the help of a mysterious flying cat and a pair of magic scissors called 'Calibrus'. Transformed into a puppet by the evil king, Kutaro must play with his wooden head and the numerous replacement heads he will find on his way to help him out the castle.

Puppeteer is a side-scrolling platformer that can be played in both 2D and 3D. The puzzle-solving elements in the game are based around the various heads that can be picked up and up to three can be carried at a single time. Encounters with enemies and hazards cause Kutaro to lose his head and it then needs to be picked up quickly before it disappears. Extra lives are provided by collecting 100 moonsparkles.

Kutaro has a companion and both characters are controlled simultaneously with an analog stick for each one. The game supports two players where the second takes control of the companion. There are different companions in the game and they can examine objects, and pick up moonsparkles and heads. The game is presented as a puppet show with seven acts and three 'curtains' (levels) for each act.


Puppeteer PlayStation 3 Black-and white comic books tell the stories of side characters
Puppeteer PlayStation 3 Don't scare me like that
Puppeteer PlayStation 3 Reflecting the ray of light on the ghost
Puppeteer PlayStation 3 This looks like a top-down stage, but actually you move at a predetermined path and the change of perspective here is just for show

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Puppeteer Screenshot
Puppeteer Screenshot
Puppeteer Screenshot
Puppeteer Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Кукловод" -- Russian spelling
  • "Kuklovod" -- Russian title
  • "Der Puppenspieler" -- German title

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Cheat Code Central 2013 4.5 out of 5 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep 06, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Video Chums Sep 22, 2014 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Sep 06, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85 Sep 06, 2013 17 out of 20 85
The Video Game Critic Dec 14, 2014 B+ 83 Sep 06, 2013 78 out of 100 78
Game Revolution Sep 10, 2013 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PlayStation Lifestyle Sep 06, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Destructoid Sep 09, 2013 7 out of 10 70


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Xylaire (8) added Puppeteer (PlayStation 3) on Aug 31, 2014