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Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.6
Sound 8.6
Value 8.5
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G
Review Date:
February 2008
Reviewer:
Tyrone Williams

8.5


Patapon

One of the most memorable games on the year and probably since Loco Roco arrives on the PlayStation Portable called Patapon, a game involving rhythm and some of the cutest and plainest graphics to have ever be seen on the PSP.

Although Patapon is a rhythm game on the PSP, it also features a very entertaining story about a tribe of warriors called the Patapons who have been driven from their homeland by the nefarious Zigotons.

To compound the situation, their recent devastating history may have begun when their god, only known as the "Almighty" disappeared which meant that the war drums of Patapon could not defend their homeland. Fortunately for the Patapons, their god has returned and it's time for Hatapon to raise the banner of the Patapons in order to reclaim their former homeland.

Features:

  • Rhythm and Action Collide Master up to six different drumbeats to command the Patapon troops to march, attack, defend, power up, retreat, and use magic. Combine the various chains of drumbeats to address each unique level, leading the Patapons to victory over the Zigoton enemy forces.
  • Strategic Gaming Patapon delivers a strong element of strategy by requiring players to properly customize and build up the Patapon army, arm each soldier with particular weapons and armor, and position them correctly for battle.
  • Mission Variety Take part in more than 30 specific missions including hunting, escort, and boss battles, and explore numerous vivid environments along the way. Players will discover and access more than 100 items and weapons throughout the adventure.
  • Unique Art Style French graphic artist Rolito, noted for his abstract art style seen in collectible toys, animation, and websites, lends his skills to create a variety of unique characters and environments, bringing the Patapon world to life.
  • Mini-Games Five music-based mini-games allow players to earn bonuses and upgrades to further customize the Patapon warriors.
  • Music Captivating and dramatic original music builds dynamically as players march and encounter enemy battles throughout each level.

Gamers are transformed into the "Almighty" who uses the magical drums of the Patapon (hopefully in rhythm) to reclaim their homeland. Unfortunately for the Almighty, your drums have been scattered across the world which means you need to hunt for these drums. Interestingly enough these drums allow the gamer to control the Patapons from movement to battles.

The gameplay of Patapon is pure simplicity, yet extremely addictive and sometimes frustrating as you must not only push the correct buttons on the PSP D-Pad but also keep in time. The tide does go in the gamers favour as there is display on your screen to assist you with your missions, whether moving your Patapon armies or fighting the hoards of Zigoton soldiers.

Sometimes by increasing the speed of the drums, your Patapons will be spurred on even more as they run, fire spears and fight their way to victory. This "Fever Mode" must be mastered early in the game which will assist the gamer to complete the title. You also have 6 different patapons under your "control", each with different abilities and attributes and this is where the game almost takes on a real-time strategy aspect of this entertaining rhythmatic game.

The title contains a variety of different missions and some great entertaining cutscenes which really draw you into this title and match that with items and "Ka-Ching" which you discover throughout the gaming environment and this title almost has it all. I almost forgot to mention that the title does contain a slight RPG system where you organise upgrades, levels and classes of your troops.

However the main method of gameplay is keeping with the beats but it's how you get to the end that is the real treat. As you progress, you'll unlock a variety of mini-games that push this title to next evolutionary stage in the gaming world.

Although graphically, Patapon may not be the most visual game in the world, what really sets this title apart from others is the gameplay which is truly addictive at best. The star of the title however is the music and that damn "Pon Pon Pata Pon" which will get stuck in your brain for a long time. With that said, the graphics may be a little bland but somehow they have made it quite "cute".

In conclusion Patapon is a brilliant and addictive game for the PSP which we could recommend to the gamer who has seen it all and wants something a little different. Brilliant from start to finish!






 
 



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