• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 31, 1997
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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

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  • Summary: Help Parappa rap with the best of the master rappers and straight into Sunny's heart. Guaranteed you'll be singin' and dancin' along with Parappa and his pals to the most fun of mixes.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
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  1. This game would be super fly at a party You won’t be whizzing through it unless you’re super smartie.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    PaRappa will win over anyone with his hipster looks and smooth style. [Nov 2001, p.50]
  3. 100
    The kind of inexplicable game that you have to own.
  4. The music is incredible, catchy and well-written. But best of all, the concept is original.
  5. The magic of PaRappa will not be easily cloned and we'll probably only get one like it in our lifetime. Sure to transcend cultural differences, PaRappa is special; plain and simple.
  6. The game is on the short side and once you are well practiced it won't take much longer than 30 minutes to beat it. But believe this, this is one great party game, you'll be in stitches as people fumble their way through the rap when they first start. Parappa is a must have game.
  7. The only real problem with Parappa is concerning the depth as this title really does not allow much variation and Sony have only included six fairly short levels.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Dec 13, 2015
    10
    Kick! Punch! It's all in the mind! If you wanna test me, I'm sure you'll find, the things I'll teach ya, is sure to beat ya, but neverthelessKick! Punch! It's all in the mind! If you wanna test me, I'm sure you'll find, the things I'll teach ya, is sure to beat ya, but nevertheless you'll get a lesson from teacher!!! If you read that in Chop Chop Master Onion's voice, you already know why this game was so awesome. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2017
    10
    Kick, punch, it's all in the mind! This was THE game that got me hooked on rhythm games at an early age. It wasn't hard at all, like otherKick, punch, it's all in the mind! This was THE game that got me hooked on rhythm games at an early age. It wasn't hard at all, like other people seem to be whining about. If a seven year old can beat it and become a rap legend, ANYONE can!

    Disclaimer: I was amazing at this game when I was 7, in 1997. I am now 27 and suck at it. I lost all sense of rhythm somewhere in the last 20 years. I cry every time I remember.
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  3. JenL.
    Feb 16, 2004
    10
    The funniest game I've played in my life!
  4. Nov 20, 2020
    8
    OVERALL - 85%

    Gameplay - 6/10 Graphics (for time) - 8/10 Story - 7/10 Game Length - 7/10 Characters - 9/10 Level/Area Design - 9/10
    OVERALL - 85%

    Gameplay - 6/10
    Graphics (for time) - 8/10
    Story - 7/10
    Game Length - 7/10
    Characters - 9/10
    Level/Area Design - 9/10
    Atmosphere - 9/10
    Sound Effects - 7/10
    Soundtrack - 10/10
    Replay Value - 8/10

    In 1997 this was conceptually, graphically and play style was very original. I was a child when this came out and loved the artwork and characters. The music is catchy and cool. Still a lot of fun today.
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  5. May 14, 2011
    8
    It is far from perfect, but it is essentially one of the most original and appealing games on the PS1. Pros: It is one of the funniest gamesIt is far from perfect, but it is essentially one of the most original and appealing games on the PS1. Pros: It is one of the funniest games I've ever played -- and heard; the 2-D sprites and art style are cool; the story and characters are unforgettable. Cons: Too short and too shallow; no replay value; frequent mechanical bugs. Expand
  6. May 9, 2020
    7
    This game had big problems with the timing. I could never keep a good Flow and score. But the songs and animations were funny and catchy.
  7. Sophie
    May 27, 2005
    0
    EEEK! It's so wrong! "Slurp it, suck it/I know you all like it/Long and chewy, occasionally gooey/Yeah, your little slippery thing our EEEK! It's so wrong! "Slurp it, suck it/I know you all like it/Long and chewy, occasionally gooey/Yeah, your little slippery thing our tastes so good all this time." With lyrics like that, I gotta say I'm speechless! Expand

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Awards & Rankings

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#4 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1997
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#6 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1997