Patapon Review
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System: PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Interlink Studio (SONY) 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SCEA (SONY) 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 26, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Ultimately, you decide what kind of formation will be more effective for each quest, so you'll have to keep in mind the kind of enemies you'll be fighting and the weather conditions. The simplest quest happens in the Patata Plains hunting ground. You can easily get through this one and obtain plenty of ka-ching (the game's currency) and meat that you can later trade in for new soldiers or you can also have the chef Gashapon cook you a hearty meal. You can go back to the hunting ground at anytime, which is good for collecting resources you may need.

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Other levels involve intense battles against the Zigoton army and once you beat them you can't go back to them. The boss levels are really fun and inventive. You can replay them whenever you want, but they get tougher and tougher each time you fight them. As you would expect from a boss, you'll have to study their attack patterns before you can plan your strikes and counterattacks. The bosses look even more original than the Patapons themselves, including cool fire-breathing dragons, giant crustaceans, worms, and other reptile-looking creatures that weren't as easy to identify. The game includes a total of thirty different levels full of ingenious characters and magical environments. If you were to throw imagination in a bottle and shake it, Patapon is what you'd get.

Certainly the graphics stand out the most. Not many games look as vibrant and imaginative as Patapon, which proves reality doesn't always win. The French artist Rolito is the creator of the game's addictive look. The comical 2D visuals will be hard to forget. The cute eyeball-looking characters are very simple yet full of detail, especially when you gear them up with upgrades. Each level was made with a good dose of imagination, and it will add new elements and vibrant colors to the formula. However, don't think of it as a Katamari kind of game; instead, you'll find perfect harmony in each scenario you visit.

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Since the game is based entirely on music and rhythm, every player should be a good listener and have decent hand-eye coordination (or should I say hand-ear?). The troops' actions will depend on your abilities to match their hilarious "chaka-chaka-pata-pon" kind of chants. They sound cute and funny, and at the same time almost mystical; they're completely captivating and will turn you into a rhythm-robot. But beware! They do get repetitive. The background music is just as dramatic and engaging, and it plays an important role in the gameplay, as its beats will help you execute the proper commands at the right time. Funny enough, the background music will end up confusing you in further stages, which seems like it was done on purpose. All in all, the sound of the trumpets, drums, windpipes, etc. are the perfect formula to trap you inside the little world of Patapon. Just make sure to wear your headphones or pump up the volume of your PSP whenever you play the game; otherwise it will be almost unplayable.

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Patapon is very revolutionary and inventive; it's a one-of-a-kind game no one should miss. Even people who don't usually play RPGs and RTSs will find this game to be a gem. Also, the more than acceptable price point of $20 makes it an unregretful purchase (unless you broke your sister's piggy bank to go buy it!). There isn't much to lose if you decide to jump into the game, except for the terribly catchy army chants, which are tough to get rid of once they stick in your head! Play Patapon, and see by yourself!

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
5.0
Graphics
Vibrant and slick visuals make this game entirely unique. The characters are very cute and there's a lot of detail within the apparently simple look.
3.8
Control
A little forgiveness would have made this game more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. It can be tough for those with less coordination.
4.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The background music is very dramatic and engaging. You'll hear trumpets, drums, windpipes, etc. The army chants are charming and funny, although sometimes repetitive.
4.4
Play Value
Love Guitar Hero and RPGs? You have to play this one! Collect cool items, battle the Zigoton army, defeat powerful monsters, cook up a hearty meal, etc. There's a whole lot to do in this adventure!
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game 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 minigames 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.


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