Philosophy Meets Origami in “A Tale of Paper”

In life, there are moments in which time momentarily stops and something magnificent is thrust upon us with no warning at all. We are blindsided, left in awe, as we bask in the glory that is that seemingly perfect moment. We melt on the inside and the only thing we can do, is smile. Not one of those smirks, but a genuine, honest, cheek hurting smile. The trailer for “A Tale of Paper” provoked feelings in me, that no other game has done before.

A Tale of Paper
Source: Open House Games

After perusing Itch.io, I came across the most adorable Tim Burton-esk bunny I have ever seen. I was instantly hooked and began watching the trailer. The first time I watched it, I was amazed at the life-like animated scenery. The clusters of flowers atop a hill, the deep red slide, and the smoke billowing out of the chimney were all elements that should seem insignificant however, I found them to be expertly crafted by a hand that cared about their work. Love seeps within the tiniest of details and even the untrained eye could spot it. After enjoying the visual aspects of “A Tale of Paper” I played the trailer for a second time to analyze the acoustics. In the beginning, the music was slow and methodical, lulling players into a sea of tranquility, enveloping them with a hug of security. As it progressed, the music became calculated and invigorating, edging players towards victory! I felt as though I was a Viking plunged into battle, ready to conquer the world ahead of me. Overall, the trailer for “A Tale of Paper” conveys a plethora of emotions all compiled into a one-minute clip.

A Tale of Paper
Source: Open House Games

The trailer had me begging for more, so I quickly headed over to the Open House Games website, to gorge myself on information. This is where I found out my creepy bunny friend is an origami figure named Paperboy, who has recently come to life. “A Tale of Paper” is a unique, while there are several evil doers, such as Roombas and humungous spiders, Paperboy cannot attack his enemies. This game will require some forethought, skill, and plus ten sneak ability. In the end, all Paperboy wants in life is to find his creator.

A Tale of Paper
Source: Open House Games

“A Tale of Paper” doesn’t have an announced release date, but players will be excited to know that upon release the game will be free. Aside from the awesome graphics, enchanting music, and adorable protagonist one aspect that really speaks to me is the depth of the plot. Paperboy is on a similar philosophical journey many people find themselves on. He too, wants to know why he was created and who lent a hand in his existence. I can only wonder what secrets will be uncovered throughout the duration of “A Tale of Paper”.  Overall, one must lend the world their smile and help Paperboy find his purpose in life while avoiding all things aquatic.

 

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Author: Blaike Trujillo

I love video games, cartoons, and long walks to the refrigerator.

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