• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 29, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. If you've felt that the series has started to get a little stale, on the other hand, then I think Midnight Carnival will be the game for you. The game is full of great level designs with a difficulty to match, and the challenge makes it a far more addictive experience than the previous two titles for me.
  2. LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is a fantastic addition to the ever increasing PSP library. It’s smart, well balanced, packed with content and a penny under twelve quid is actually pretty good value.
  3. The difficulty is steep enough to challenge even the best players, and the more platforming-oriented layout of these 16 new levels changes things up a bit. You'll clock quite a few hours trying to master these tricky courses, possibly cursing out the BuiBui's ingeniously sneaky, constructive creativity in the process.
  4. LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is a wonderful title and a great addition to the PSP line up. This series can do no wrong and just seems to get better each time. Highly Recommended.
  5. 81
    Good fun. [Issue#186, p.79]
  6. A game with visuals this simple really doesn't have any right to look this good. It might be a trickier experience than fans are used to, but it's still a joy to play. It's not as good as the previous two games, but at a budget price it's still a game few PSP owners will be disappointed by.
  7. Midnight Carnival brings the series closer to adulthood. The difficulty has been raised quite a bit and the game offers much more of a challenge. The Boing!-move is also a very handy addition in the open levels. There’s not much new here, but it’s worth every penny for every fan of platformers.
  8. The PSP's most cheerful game returns with an interesting, if very difficult, new take on the original.
  9. A new direction for LocoRoco that can't match the originals. [Jan 2010, p.94]
  10. Midnight Carnival is a quite interesting sequel in the LocoRoco series, with new gameplay elements that improve the game rhythm and variety.
  11. 80
    While Midnight Carnival ends too soon, it's a smile-inducing side trip that's worth downloading on your PSP or PSP Go.
  12. 80
    LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is more than worth the sub-$20 price tag. Fans new and old will enjoy the hours of gameplay provided. But be warned: although the controls are simple and the levels short, this is by no means an easy game.
  13. It may be best to just check out the demo for Midnight Carnival to see if you’re interested in plucking down any money on a LocoRoco game and then going from there since any of the three games offer a good time.
  14. By no means is Midnight Carnival a bad game. The problems with it lie in the fact that it is just too difficult to be enjoyed by a wide audience. The new challenge, interesting multiplayer and the incentives brought with a world-wide leader-board are perfect additions for long time fans. The extremely difficult challenge and frustration most people will have with nearly every level will only give newcomers the wrong impression on what this series is actually about.
  15. 75
    While the title feels a bit disconnected from the franchise, the in-game store packs tons of meaningless items and multiplayer isn’t particularly engaging, LocoRoco is still a good game to play, assuming that you’re willing to put up with its frustrating difficulty curve.
  16. 71
    LocoRoco Midnight Carnival got a few improvements compared to the last part. But is isn’t really a new game but more an expansion. The game is still pretty cool and a well start for new players. Veterans have seen all this before except the few improvements. Those aren’t really shocking after all.
  17. While maintaining the sugary sweet style of its inventive forerunners, LocoRoco Midnight Carnival braves new gameplay that has sticky points preventing it from being as grand.
  18. A quirky platformer. [Christmas 2009, p.116]
  19. Bouncing through the levels of LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is quite fun.
  20. LocoRoco boings off in a disappointing new direction but it's still unique and rewarding. [Christmas 2009, p.78]
  21. Midnight Carnival is a game that tries to give a fresh new gameplay to the Locoroco franchise, but ultimately fails due to the poor controls and the frustrating difficulty.
  22. New gameplay mechanics and multiplayer support are welcome additions to the series, but they come at the cost of accessibility.
  23. It does a lot of things right such as the presentation, its charming music and sound effects and cozy level design. The downside is that the developers have made the platform elements in the game more challenging which the control method can’t handle. A frustrating but charming game.
  24. Newbies should check the originals, whilst veterans will find this frustrating. [Jan 2010, p.82]
  25. Midnight Carnival brings few newsworthy editions to the series. It's still a great game, with excellent music and a rather challenging campaign. But it's still the same game you've been playing for some time now, and to be honest, it's getting a little old.
  26. LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival will alienate all but the most devout LocoRoco fanatics. Precision platforming and gimped controls just don't go well together. If you've got the patience for relentless trial and error, then have at it. Otherwise, stick to LocoRoco 2--you'll retain your sanity and your PSP will remain in working order.
  27. If you love LocoRoco but for some reason wished it were much, much harder, then you’ll adore this game. However, if you like that kind of pain, then you'd probably also enjoy having your PSP jammed up your nose.
  28. 25
    At almost $16 on the PlayStation Store it's hard to justify this pack of frustrating challenge levels when you can get a far superior and more balanced game in LocoRoco 2 for just $20. This masochistic traipse through nightmarish levels will probably appeal to some hardcore gamers, but if you've enjoyed LocoRoco in the past, you'll want to hold on to your good memories and just wait for the next chapter.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 11, 2011
    Great music (best in the series), great level design and great price. What more do you need? LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is simply a greatGreat music (best in the series), great level design and great price. What more do you need? LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is simply a great game, despite it's difficult. Full Review »
  2. Jun 30, 2014
    LocoRoco Midnight Carnival was great, but compared to the previous installment, LocoRoco 2, it seemed a bit too short and lacking. The lengthLocoRoco Midnight Carnival was great, but compared to the previous installment, LocoRoco 2, it seemed a bit too short and lacking. The length of the game was somewhat short, and there were less mini-games.

    But there are plenty that make up for that.
    - Challenging
    - Hats and gear!
    - New music/visuals
    - The new Boing! mechanism is amazing!
    - Not to mention the dreaded BuiBui Fort 3 DLC... Anyone who has played LocoRoco 2 will get that.
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  3. Dec 2, 2012
    LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is a magnificent game featuring incredible artistic visuals and music. It