LocoRoco 2 PSP Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.9
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G
Review Date:
December 2008
Reviewer:
Tony George

8.9


LocoRoco 2

LocoRoco was easily one of the most original and entertaining games of the year and thankfully Sony Computer Entertainment have revisited the franchise again in LocoRoco 2. The essence of this game is the pure simplicity of the title which truly invigorates the platform franchise.

Features

  • Explore 25 new stages, including hidden challenges, and meet a colourful cast of new characters

  • Enhance your LocoRoco through music and song, learning new actions to overcome the Moja

  • Perform new actions such as climbing inside shells to destroy thorns, jumping from grass blade to grass blade and swimming underwater

  • Expand your fun with six new mini games, including an Ad-hoc four player game

In the game, the player controls a race of strange globulous creatures who roll there way through the gaming world. These creatures also join with other LocoRoco's and become bigger and bigger, however there are some key gaming tactics in order to successfully complete the title such as enemies and also items to collect.

The developers have taken LocoRoco 2 to the next evolutionary phase of this addictive arcade platform title which is almost as good as the original. The main difference compared to the previous version is the amount of items that can now be collected by the gamer that are hidden throughout the gaming environment.

For instance, by finding all the musical notes in the level, this will “level-up” your current environment which assists your little LocoRoco’s collect even more berries and pikories. Other impressive features is the ability to collect Mui Mui’s and when you reach a certain limit, this will unlock a mini-game within the title that is great for not only replayability but also longevity.

Even the “combat” aspects of the title which I phrase quite loosely have been changed and redirected that adds even more quirkiness into the game such as the Mui Mui weapons. Of course, the main hero of the game are still the LocoRoco’s that you collect and roll around the environment and the more you collect, the larger your mass will become, although sometimes you need to split in order to enter tunnels and the like.

The game still maintains its perfect simplicity with its controls as you use the shoulder buttons to move your blobs from left to right that can also jump at times and also avoid or “defeat” your enemies. The original title was quite easy at times, however the sequel has been spruced up which allows for detailed and trickier gameplay from more spikes to vertigo inspired gaming environments that will leave you spinning.

There are even some great swimming environments as you move around in the liquid which is quite entertaining and match that with the ability to control other "ball-like" vehicles and this truly takes this game to the next level. The mini-games are quite interesting, although not as fun as the main gameplay but it does add to the uniqueness of the title such as the ladybirds who propel you through the level.

With amazing simplistic and likeable graphics, LocoRoco 2 features a great addictive soundtrack and really funny and cute sound effects which will have you playing time and time again as you attempt to complete the game.

With such a original game, LocoRoco 2 is a worthy successor the franchise and is definitely a game to play over the Christmas break. Brilliant gameplay, good graphics and a soundtrack to boot, this is one game that is a must have for the PSP.






 
 



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