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Generally favorable reviews- based on 90 Ratings

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  • Summary: For years the Patapon tribe has lived in the desolate frontier, driven from their home by the evil Zigoton army. Behind the Patapons' cute exterior, lies a fierce warrior spirit that can only be commanded by the beat of their God’s war drum. They wait for the day that the "Almighty" willFor years the Patapon tribe has lived in the desolate frontier, driven from their home by the evil Zigoton army. Behind the Patapons' cute exterior, lies a fierce warrior spirit that can only be commanded by the beat of their God’s war drum. They wait for the day that the "Almighty" will return, to lead them against their enemies and bring them back to their homeland. Finally, their wait has come to an end as the drums of war are heard once again. 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. [SCEA] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Rolito's designs really stand out and are a huge part of what makes the game so damn lovable.
  2. It’s fun, vibrant, challenging, charming and rewarding. And the best part, it only costs $20.
  3. 90
    A wonderful game, full of happy happy joy joy from start to finish. If you don't smile at it then you're an idiot, frankly.
  4. It's one of the strongest titles I've seen yet for the handheld and, frankly, one of the better games to be released on any platform in quite some time.
  5. Behind its simplistic but charming appearance, together with its original rhythm sequences and gameplay, hides a strategy game that can grab you for hours. It shows that there’s always room for creativity in videogames. Just for that, it deserves your full attention. [Feb 2008]
  6. The level of personality in the Patapons and their world makes up for any disappointments - and your involvement in their story becomes huge. [Mar 2008, p.99]
  7. The game is just as prone to causing misery as it is happiness, as I discovered early on when my axe-wielders had been killed off and I was left with only ranged attackers who fell, one by one, to close quarters enemies that they just couldn't hit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. ColbyA.
    Jul 30, 2008
    10
    Simply amazing game. The problem with gamers today is that, on the majority, they don't respect or value creativity. They want the same Simply amazing game. The problem with gamers today is that, on the majority, they don't respect or value creativity. They want the same old stuff over and over again - Halo series is an example of what I mean. Patapon, however, is 100% original. It's a great music/beat/rhythm based game where you guide a little tribe of these eyeball-people based on how you play the drums. The graphics are colorful and the scenery is creative, and I've particularly enjoyed the boss fights. I'd strongly recommend this game to anyone who wants a good PSP game with some creativity in it. Expand
  2. MarkDuren
    Feb 28, 2008
    10
    Great fun and addictive!
  3. MaxKelly
    Mar 24, 2008
    10
    Such a great but simple game. the images are stunning, the story great and rhythm even better!! A must buy
  4. JoeShmoe
    Feb 28, 2008
    9
    Great Game, super fun, must have for lovers of rhythm games
  5. Shaun
    Mar 20, 2008
    9
    In my opinion, anybody who doesn't grin like a little kid the first time they play this game has no soul. The warm feeling you get while In my opinion, anybody who doesn't grin like a little kid the first time they play this game has no soul. The warm feeling you get while commanding your little eyeball-men on towards ever greater victory... Patapon is definately worth the money. Go get it! Expand
  6. MarkyT
    Mar 8, 2008
    9
    A delightful game, even more delightful because of the low price - but as many reviews have stated, there is a lot of management of your A delightful game, even more delightful because of the low price - but as many reviews have stated, there is a lot of management of your little dudes, and a certain amount of repetition. All said and done, however, a really pleasant way of spending a few minutes here and there. Expand
  7. Phony
    Feb 23, 2008
    0
    How are all these reviews on the Game and it hasn't even been released yet?

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