I started this game, eager and enthusiastic, but by the second World I was dragging my feet. Just wasn't sure about the game mechanics, peeling off bits of scenery, never too sure when to use my "thing" stickers. The trial and error stuff could be deflating!
I took a break for an 80's training montage and came back stronger. I enjoyed the Wiggler World (ambient drone jazz, anyone?) and by the Enigmansion things had really clicked into place. Now I'm near the end of World 5 and I feel like I'm just getting into it! What's an average play time? I'm at 15 hours and the game is, only now, starting to win me over.
I borrowed this game from my niece and I was initially so disappointed by it that I almost stopped playing after the first world. After reading some comments here, I decided to avoid battles as much as possible and that has definitely improved my experience. It's still missing a lot of what made past Paper Mario games so great, but there is stuff to enjoy in the puzzles and exploring the levels. Plus the music is a real treat.
Some of the stuff is pretty tricky too. At first I thought Kersti was going to be in the vein of a Zelda helper, giving me hints at every turn, but in actuality, even when I ask her for hints she isn't that helpful. I've had to look up how to proceed at one part already.
Anyway, still definitely not all I was hoping for from what was my most anticipated 3DS game for so long, but I can firmly say it's worth playing at least unless things go awry (like too much combat).