My New Addiction – Patapon PSP

2 Jun
“Pata Pata Pata Pon!”
“Pata Pata Pata Pon!”

Words from Moi:

Suddenly I’m the Almighty as all my fellow Patopons fighting for survival to get through the hurdles. Their mission is to get the magic drum so that they can regain their glory! These brave Patapons will not stop until they reach the EarthEnd!

Whatever it is, I love this game very much and it’s gonna be my favourite tools for passtime! It’s fun with superb graphics. Not to forget the excellent music tempo & lots of CUTE patapons!!

Game Details:

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Like Puzzle Quest before it, Patapon is a game that grabs key features from existing genres, squishes them together like different-colored balls of Play-Doh, and then turns them into something far more special than you might expect. For example, if you combined a ball of red and ball of blue you might expect to get a big lump of purple, while a rainbow-colored re-creation of the Venus de Milo would seem unlikely.

But Patapon is just that special. Puzzle Quest’s nontoxic, nonstaining ingredients included a Bejeweled-style puzzle component used for combat, as well as a character advancement system and storyline that belonged in a role-playing game. Patapon’s recipe, on the other hand, blends rhythm-based controls with a horizontally scrolling real-time strategy game.

Then–as if that combo wasn’t already enticing enough–it sprinkles plenty of RPG-style gear collection and some fabulous visuals from French artist Rolito on top. In short, Patapon is unlike any game that has come before it, and with a retail price that’s half of what many PSP games sell for, our recommendation of this ingenious recipe that has been masterfully realized is a no-brainer.

Patapon is a strategy game with some great boss encounters, as well as plenty of different weapons and armor pieces to collect. But first and foremost, it’s still a rhythm game. If you can’t keep a beat, you’ll struggle to string together combos of orders, which will result in your army standing around hopelessly anytime it is unsure about what to do.

Fortunately, the game’s lighthearted soundtrack (not to mention a pulsating border around the screen) is helpful in this regard, and once you settle into a rhythm, your army will even start to sing along. Patapon’s audio design, like that in LocoRoco, is something that you’re either going to love or hate, but even those of you in the latter camp are sure to raise a smile at times.

For example, there’s a baby mountain that lets out a cute chuckle when you play music on its toes in one of the minigames, and in some of the later levels, the music you’ve come to rely on for rhythm guidance seems purposefully composed to confuse you, which is a neat touch.
There’s never been a game quite like Patapon before. Its combination of light real-time strategy and rhythm is as superb as it is surprising. Anyone with access to a PSP would do well to check it out.
By Justin Calvert, GameSpot
Posted Feb 19, 2008 4:51 pm PT

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