PaRappa the Rappa
Back in the days of the PlayStation One or
PSOne, an interesting game was released by Masaya Matsura called Parappa
the Rapper which contained a 2D looking character in a 3D world. Our
little hero had the ability to rap, dance and beat his way to victory
through some of the strangest gameplay to have graced the day. It was
totally Japanese and it was a hit! Years later, Parapa the Rapper returns
on the PSP that once again promises the same thrills of yesterday,
however with a 21st century makeover.
In the title, Parappa the Rapper must win
the hear of his friend Sunny who happens to be a sunflower, however
unfortunately for our hero, another dog is in the house called joe Chin
who also fancies our heroine. Fortunately for Parappa he is joined by a
plethora of friends in order to assist them win the rapping competition
and hopefully win the heart of Sunny.
There are a variety of "missions"
throughout the game such as Parappa trying to earn a driving license
from Mooselini or Parappa taking kung fu lessons from Chop Chop Master
Onion that does help break the monotony of the title. In its essence,
the title is a memory game where the player must push the buttons with
the right timing in order to pull off the moves.
Ironically, the gameplay is almost
identical to it was in the original game where the player must time
their moves by pressing a variety of buttons by looking at the icon at
the top of the screen. Fortunately another character will do the move
before Parappa and then the player must mimic his movements.
say, quite a frustrating experience if you do not have a handle on where
all the buttons are on the PSP. The title also supports some multiplayer
options that allows up to four players to rap against each other .
Graphically, Parappa looks a little more
refined since we last saw him and even though the graphics may look a little plain, the colours, background and characters make up for the lack
of 21st century graphics. The music is great and the one-liners in the
title does become a little repetitive but I'm guessing Sony is trying to
recapture the magic of the original game which they do successfully.
In conclusion PaRappa the Rappa is an entertaining game that I could
easily recommend to the younger game or for those that want a blast from
the past. Cute graphics, great sound and music and definitely a classic