It’s always cool to see new ideas emerge in the indie space, and Flat Kingdom delivers that both visually and in general terms of gameplay with its papercraft looks and shape-shifting main character. Charged with trying to save the day, you’re a pretty humble little cut-out named Flat, and you’ll need to make the most of your ability to shift between shapes and forms to solve a variety of puzzles as well as knock out opponents. In principle this doesn’t work too badly, and some of the puzzles have their moments, but there’s also just a clunkiness to the flow that shows up too often as you try to shift forms. That and the rock-paper-scissors nature of the “combat” where the key is really just being the right form for dealing with a given opponent effectively neuters the action and it leaves things feeling like a bit of a grind as the game begins to struggle to come up with novel ideas the further you progress. It’s accessible and has a great look, but for more seasoned gamers there are simply too many stronger options out there in the eShop.
Justin Nation, Score: