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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" 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. 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. 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.
  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. 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]
  5. It's an odd fusion of the rhythm and strategy genres, but it all comes together so well that players can't help but to be drawn in and strike the drums over and over...and over.
  6. While Patapon has got the same quirky sense of style and visual charm as its predecessor ("LocoRoco"), it doesn't offer the same easy breezy gameplay. Instead, it offers an imposing amount of depth and a considerable amount of micromanagement. Which isn't necessarily a criticism - it's just that forewarned is forearmed.
  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: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. ColbyA.
    Jul 30, 2008
    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. Collapse
  2. MarkDuren
    Feb 28, 2008
    Great fun and addictive!
  3. MaxKelly
    Mar 24, 2008
    Such a great but simple game. the images are stunning, the story great and rhythm even better!! A must buy
  4. Matt
    Mar 3, 2008
    Ranks among the best exclusive games on the PSP. The artistic style and fluid animations are a joy to watch and the underlying depth of the game's rhythm-based strategy makes this far more substantial than its predecessor: LocoRoco. With a bargain-bin price and a promise of longevity, this game belongs in every self-respecting PSP owner's collection. Expand
  5. KC
    Apr 25, 2008
    simple yet it has a commendable depth to it's gameplay.
  6. ColinC
    Mar 11, 2008
    I've put about five hours into this game so far, maybe six. And I'm loving it. The reviews I read and the low $20 price point convinced me to give it a try, and it's the most fun I've had with my psp yet. (I'm feeling guilty not giving it a 10.) The game feels utterly unique, looks beautiful, sounds great, and is a lot of fun to play. I'm amazed I'm the first one to write a review for this game. That has me worried no one's playing it, and that would be a tragedy. A game like this isn't going to appeal to everyone (I had doubts it would appeal to me), but for the price, you owe it to yourself to try. Also, this game is in no way a budget title. They could easily have priced it for $30 or $40, and I think most reviewers would agree it'd still easily be worth the money. My guess is Sony priced it low to try to entice more people into buying a PSP. Just a guess. Expand
  7. Phony
    Feb 23, 2008
    How are all these reviews on the Game and it hasn't even been released yet?

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