Mario Color Splash is a clever, bubbly and often funny adventure that blends a few lightweight role-playing touches with platform and puzzle play. Thus the game features Mario, but unless you have seen any of the previous RPG epics, the play is quite different, often slower and delivers turn based combat.
In Color Splash Mario and his friends are transformed into a two-dimensional paper form and travel to an island called Port Prisma, a place made of paper, cardboard and paint. This last element, ‘paint’ is the lifeblood of all and you get to mess about with it heaps in the game, with often surprising results too.
The animation is really quite enchanting with ‘cut-out’ characters that look like walking stickers being central to the game’s story and graphic style. Indeed Color Splash looks like it has been lovingly made by a skilled artist working with scissors, glue, paper and cardboard. The impact is remarkable too and the way the unusual world can change and be explored because it is made of paper is really clever.At times as a part of play you are encouraged to bend the cardboard, roll it or even cut it out, revealing some quite amazing surprises.