• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2008
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Patapon's only drawback is that there aren't enough hours in a day to play as much as you'll want to, and we certainly can't blame Sony for that… or can we?
  2. Rolito's designs really stand out and are a huge part of what makes the game so damn lovable.
  3. Patapon is a wonderful experience. It’s a rare novel idea that only comes along so often and shows the potential of the PSP.
  4. 94
    While the squishy and squashy invention of the PSP's award-winning LocoRoco perhaps comes closest to Patapon in terms of creativity and originality, the genre-straddling ingenuity and intrinsic simplicity of Pyramid/Japan Studios' horrendously addictive rhythm-based, all-action, resource management God game successfully lifts Patapon head and shoulders above most of today's videogames - PSP or otherwise.
  5. Yes, it is a rhythm-based game, but it is also one of the more engaging and wonderfully unique titles to grace the PSP. It is addictive, it is delightful and it is a lot of fun to play.
  6. 92
    Rhythm Game, strategy game, mini-game collection, action game, light RPG – Patapon is all of these and much, much more. It's a genre onto itself, a title that not only exalts in creativity and unique style, it delivers a fun, addictive, engaging experience that keeps you playing over and over again.
  7. It’s fun, vibrant, challenging, charming and rewarding. And the best part, it only costs $20.
  8. 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.
  9. Patapon is true blending of genres creating a unique and special game exclusively on the PSP.
  10. Patapon is far more than just a unique new mix of genres – it’s just so damn charming it could tell you kill a puppy and you would.
  11. At only twenty dollars, this is likely the greatest gaming value of the year and one of the best PSP games to date.
  12. While far from faultless, this is one game PSP owners cannot afford to miss, and hopefully one that will capture the hearts and minds of developers for years to come.
  13. Charm and originality waft through the air like the rhythmic beats of its fantastic gameplay - Patapon is as close as you can get to portable pleasure without an 'adults only' rating.
  14. With loads of challenge, stylistic visuals and a catchy if not minimalist soundtrack, Patapon succeeds in creating something wonderful.
  15. If the songs, utterly charming design and frenzied drumming don't win you over, if the strategy leaves you cold and the battles don't crack a smile, you might want to check that your heart is still beating out its rhythm. [Mar 2008, p.114]
  16. Patapon steals your heart. Even if you don't like rhythm, tactics or role playing in general. The combination of different factors makes this game a totally new genre, which gives an unique experience. Although the game looks childish with their one-eye-warriors, it's actually quite a challenge to play.
  17. Patapon's ingenious combination of light real-time strategy and rhythm makes it a one-of-a-kind game that's easy to recommend.
  18. Patapon is just one of those games that you don't see very often. What originally seems like a basic concept is almost constantly being fleshed out with nuance and depth as new songs, items, units and enemies are added with each successive level.
  19. 90
    It atones for its faults with understated strategic depth, an astounding sense of reward (both literal and whimsical), and an inspired difficulty curve that sticks with you to the end. Along with a beat you'll take to your grave.
  20. It's strange, quirky, and basically unlike any other game on the market. It's also incredibly fun. The unusual mix of rhythm and strategy gameplay blends together surprisingly well, and it isn't strange to look up from a session of Patapon only to realize that you've lost a few hours when you only intended to play for five minutes.
  21. 90
    Overall the game manages to cram all these different game play elements into a single title and makes it work.
  22. It is one of the most refreshing titles available for the little unit, and I highly urge everyone to give it a shot. At a mere $20, it won't break anybody's bank, and it'll certainly open your mind up to a world of gaming that you may have never considered before.
  23. 90
    With the endearing characters complete with hilarious personality, unforgettable gameplay, depth, style and the all important "X" factor, Patapon only delights.
  24. 90
    Patapon reminds us that there is still room for originality in gaming. Easily one of the must-have titles on the PSP.
  25. Singing the rhythm yourself and tapping it out with your foot when your minions let you down demonstrates how hard it is to be a god and how into this game you can become.
  26. The best PSP game in a while. Drumming and chaining your attack, defence, advance and retreat commands is fun and intense. Wonderfully animated and stylish graphics with cheery songs create a great atmosphere and building and improving your troops adds depth to the game. Some of the missions could have used more variety when it comes to the needed tactics. [Apr 2008]
  27. 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.
  28. Patapon is one of the best games on PSP, managing to merge various genres and end up somewhat intricate, far beyond its witty and compelling design.
  29. 90
    Played through quickly, Patapon is an eight hour game which - when played correctly - can be as long as 15 to 20.
  30. While Patapon is not without its frustrations, it’s very difficult to put down. Overall, it’s a charming wee title that is well worth buying.
  31. 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.
  32. 90
    Just try and get the catchy "pata-pata-pata-PON!" chant out of your head once you've given this game a try. You won't be able to do it.
  33. As a whole, however, Patapon is an experience not to be missed, and at $20 there's little excuse to let it pass you by. [Mar 2008, p.105]
  34. 88
    A charming and compelling hands-off strategy-music-RPG. It's one of the few games on the PSP that really stands out on shelves, mainly because it isn't a port and it's just so darned unique on the platform.
  35. All serious gamers should check this one out. [Mar 2008, p.85]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  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 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. Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2013
    10
    Although I only played patapon for a short period of time..(After that I gave my PSP to my mum because she always said to me that she wanted a portable movie player LOL)..I have to say that I have never met such a innovative and impressing game before..the rules are simple, as well as the core idea of the game..you just follow the rhythm and perform appropriate reaction for your order..maybe all masterpieces are based on something simple enough..for example, super mario..in which you just need to jump.. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    9
    Good god is this game addicting. I've loved rhythm games since I started playing Rhythm Heaven, but this one was even better for me because it was also an adventure! I still hear "pata pata pata pon" and "pon pon pata pon" in my head as I'm falling asleep sometimes. In addition to the storyline mode, the mini-games were just as fun (some of them even more fun). Great game to waste your life away and to have a great deal of addicting fun while it sucks away your life. Full Review »