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[PlayStation 5] Paper Trail Review

[PlayStation 5] Paper Trail Review
  • On June 5, 2024

Paper Trail from NewFangled Games brings us a charming and cozy top-down puzzle adventure of a foldable nature. Check our Paper Trail review!


Paper Trail from NewFangled Games brings us a charming and cozy top-down puzzle adventure of a foldable nature. You’ll be taking on the role of Paige, a budding academic who leaves home for the first time to pursue her studies. Because of this, she goes out on a great journey in which you’ll be helping her succeed by solving a series of puzzles… by folding the world!

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But wait, things are not as simple as they seem. Paige is 18 years of age and an astrophysicist in training. While she’s been accepted to college, it turns out her parents don’t want her to go. This is why Paige decides the best course of action is to write a letter to let them know she’s run away from home. This is where you come in. It’s up to you to help Paige and ensure she remains safe during this journey of self-discovery, which will see her pushing her way through adversity.


You’ll use the L2 and R2 buttons to grab where you’ve placed the cursor using the right analog stick. You’ll then try to fold or unfold the images by using the right analog stick to progress through the story and solve the puzzles presented to you. Pressing the Square button will allow you to see the other side of the image on the screen. You can also control Paige directly using the left analog stick or the D-Pad. Pressing the C button will allow her to talk to others or interact with objects. If you’re ever feeling stuck, press the Triangle button to use a hint. Do know that using a hint will lock you out of getting a trophy!

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The first chapters in the game will act as the tutorial, teaching you the basics you’ll be using from start to finish. It will start with a story segment, during which Paige narrates what is going on as you fold and unfold the image at the center of the screen. You’ll learn that you can decide how much to fold each image and that you can do so from the edges or the corners as needed. You’ll later see that some images will require that you fold them just right to form a path, open up the way to a huge bolder you need to roll over a pressure plate or place two numbers next to each other to make them glow, this activating them and form a new path to cross.


Trophy-wise, this indie release has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. Said list is split into 20 Bronze trophies, 10 Silver trophies, and 4 Gold trophies for you to work on. The objectives you’ll have to complete include collecting all Origami in each section of the game, collecting all Origami in the game, completing each section of the game, completing the game without using any hints, playing the whole game from start to finish in less than 4 hours, petting a particular cat, finding a deer on the bridge, and a dozen or so miscellaneous objectives I won’t spoil here. If you need extra help, check out this Paper Trail Trophy Guide.

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Paper Trail brings us a charming and cozy top-down puzzle adventure of a foldable nature. As Paige, you’ll be going on a journey of self-discovery as she runs away from home to pursue her dreams. As each screen presents a new foldable puzzle to solve, you’ll need to find the right pattern to help Paige carry on with this new adventure as you collect some bonus origami pieces along the way. How will her quest end? Paper Trail is available on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag. There’s also a PlayStation 4 version of the game available for the same price as a separate purchase.

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This Paper Trail review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by NewFangled Games.

Review Overview

Fun and chill folding puzzle adventure