I really didn't like Partners in Time. The graphics were really bland, the world was linear, and the battle system just wasn't very fun compared to other Mario & Luigi games.
I honestly thought it was worse than Super Paper Mario. I'll take a cliched story over completely lifeless gameplay any day.
We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.