Generally favorable reviews - based on 68 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
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  1. LittleBigPlanet is a staggering work of game design genius. Wonderfully inventive, devilishly fun and dizzyingly vast, it deserves a little big home on every PSP on the planet.
  2. 100
    Despite the lack of multiplayer support, LittleBigPlanet PSP is just as good as the PS3 original.
  3. Regardless of whether you're new to the franchise or a seasoned veteran, LittleBigPlanet is one of the best games on the Sony PSP.
  4. 100
    If you have a PSP (or PSP go, as the game will be available for download on the PlayStation Network), LittleBigPlanet should be your next purchase.
  5. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    This is an amazing technological feat, and anyone with a PSP, an imagination and a sense of fun should play it immediately. [Jan 2010, p.79]
  6. LittleBigPlanet on the PSP is this year's must have title, no owner of the system should be without it.
  7. Games Master UK
    A welcome return to LittleBigPlanet that stays unsurprisingly accurate to the original. [Christmas 2009, p.69]
  8. LittleBigPlanet for the PSP is certainly the charming, playable LittleBigPlanet that we all know and love. It's an impressive achievement on the PSP, even if the lack of multiplayer and more difficult creation controls hold it back a little in the end. Play, Create & Share on the go!
  9. 90
    Its core concept of an ever expanding universe filled with bite-sized platforming chunks dovetails perfectly with the pick-up-and-play nature of handheld gaming to the extent you start to wonder if it was actually always meant to be played this way. Obviously if you loved the original then this fresh slice of near identical pie should delight you once again, if however, you loved the ingredients but were left a little nonplussed by the whole thing last time then this second helping could convert you.
  10. SCEE Cambridge has done Media Molecule proud and fans of the original game won't be disappointed. PSP owners who missed out first time around should be sure to give it a go, as LittleBigPlanet is undoubtedly one of the standout titles for Sony's handheld.
  11. It's flawed in places, but it's still one of the PSP's best games and an absolutely essential purchase.
  12. 90
    Shooting the PSP’s anaemic line-up full of proven material may seem sound commercial sense on the face of it, but for my money the last thing the increasingly sidelined machine needs at this point in its life is more leftovers – even leftovers as delicious and nutritious as LittleBigPlanet.
  13. 90
    Although the absence of a multiplayer mode makes it less fun than the PS3 original, it is still a must buy for any PSP user.
  14. Tremendous fun, with literally endless potential if the online community picks up on the game – sure, there’s a few bugs with the bigger, more complicated levels and it’s a shame you can’t play locally with a mate, but this is brilliant stuff, and essential for fans of the genre.
  15. Play Magazine
    LittleBigPlanet makes a near seamless jump to the portable. While some of the content and gameplay is lost to the hardware's limitations, the presentation is as infectiously charming as ever. A robust campaign is rounded out by infinite content through user-created levels. SackBoy's new home is a perfect fit!
  16. 90
    LittleBigPlanet remains one of Sony's most endearing franchises and the PSP version is definitely on par with the quality of the series.
  17. 90
    But even as a solo-only experience, LittleBigPlanet is a brilliant fit for Sony's portable, maintaining nearly every bit of the charm and wide-eyed wonder of the console game while introducing PSP owners to this wonderfully unique series.
  18. 90
    Make no doubt about it: LittleBigPlanet PSP is an outstanding game.
  19. 90
    The game translates well on the PSP and is almost an exact carbon copy of the technical achievements brought forth by its bigger brother.
  20. Undoubtedly there will be those that question the games raison d’etre – was it really worth Sony investing in the title just to put Sackboy in your pocket? Does another portable version of a Playstation 3 title do anything to bolster the PSPs somewhat malnourished library? For our money, the answer to both these questions is a resounding ‘yes’.
  21. 90
    Wonderfully imaginative, and, most importantly, a heck of a lot of fun.
  22. LittleBigPlanet for the PSP is one of the best games out there, and if you were a fan of the PS3 version, or wanted to see what all the talk was about, go out and buy it now.
  23. 90
    This PlayStation Portable version of LittleBigPlanet is a very good adaption of the PlayStation 3 version. The single player is almost perfect and really fun to play. The level editor works very well and is also fun.
  24. LittleBigPlanet is one of the most funny games of the generation, one of the best Platformers on PSP.
  25. If it's LittleBigPlanet, you have to play it. It's not as expansive as the PS3 version, and there's no multiplayer, but with 35+ levels and a fully-fledged level creator, there are more than enough reasons to give this game a go.
  26. SCEE Cambridge has skilfully followed in Media Molecule's footsteps in creating the platform, and though the final result is marginally easier than LittleBigPlanet PS3, there's no doubting this is one of the best titles on Sony's handheld.
  27. Play UK
    Betters BigLittleBigPlanet in the playing department, while falling a little short when it comes to creating and sharing. [Christmas 2009, p.72]
  28. Eurogamer Spain
    Studio Cambridge has done an outstanding job porting Media Molecule's game to the PSP, retaining (almost) everything that made LittleBigPlanet one of the most refreshing platformers in the recent years.
  29. Not to be missed by anyone who loves to play for the simply pleasure that it instills.
  30. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    A mostly delightful platform experience, and the creation tools mean this is a time sink. [Jan 2010, p.76]
  31. AceGamez
    LittleBigPlanet isn’t in any way a shoddy port; it offers an experience that is on a par with – and in some ways exceeds – the full console experience.
  32. I am quite pleased with what Sony Cambridge has done with the LittleBigPlanet franchise, and I hope we see more of SackBoy in the future.
  33. Developer SCEE Cambridge has struck the finest of balances between determining what the port platform is capable of and what the game is all about – before creating new content to make up the difference.
  34. 89
    It plays like and looks as nice as the PS3 version. Over thirty brand new, highly inspired levels await. Making your own levels and downloading others are child's play, which will make this game sit in your PSP for a very long time to come. It's unfortunate that there's no co-op, one of the nicer features of the PS3-version. That's why it's not getting 90%, but nevertheless, it comes amazingly recommended.
  35. 89
    If you can deal with the fact that you can't play it with your friends, there's no reason to hesitate.
  36. Nobody can imagine how funny it is to jump through levels created by yourself or by your friends. Creative and innovative!
  37. Little Big Planet on the PSP is a wonderful adaptation from the PS3 edition that won over our hearts last year.
  38. LittleBigPlanet PSP may have taken the ambitious title and scaled it down, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have just as much fun playing it. It may not look as gorgeous as the PS3 version, and you might miss playing with your friends, but before long you will find yourself replaying level after level, trying to collect every last item.
  39. It may not look as gorgeous as the PS3 version, but it is darn close, and you might miss playing with your friends, but before long you will find yourself replaying level after level trying to collect every last item.
  40. LittleBigPlanet for PSP isn't a game as big as the original for PS3. It has no multiplayer options, but it retains its platformer spirit, ingenious puzzles and lovely visual style.
  41. Not even counting user-created content, LittleBigPlanet is one of the strongest games on the platform this year, even with the minor control issues.
  42. LittleBigPlanet PSP is a marvelous example of how a game should be adapted from one console to another even when there is a huge gap between the two in terms of processor. There is almost everything we’ve seen in the PS3 version here, all greatly adapted to Sony’s portable.
  43. Great platformers are a rare breed these days, so I hope PSP owners take a chance on this pint-sized powerhouse.
  44. A perfect "portable interpretation" of the Ps3 Game. Level design is still triumphant and overwhelming, while the editor, in this PSP version, is a nice addition.
  45. Despite the lack of multiplayer, LittleBigPlanet remains one of the most enjoyable offerings on Sony's handheld platform to date.
  46. LittleBigPlanet was a stepping stone for console-based, user-created content with gameplay options that were on par with its creative offering. While the PSP release of the game may not be a direct port in terms of being a multiplayer social event, the essence of Media Molecule's “Play, Create and Share” mantra remains intact.
  47. While expressing the most of its potential on the PS3, LittleBigPlanet fits the context of portable gaming with extraordinary ease. This port is virtually perfect in terms of gameplay, with all-new levels, a powerful editor and the chance to share your creations with the community on the PSN.
  48. PSM3 Magazine UK
    A great PSP port. The level editor is intact, and the only real omission is multi-player. [Jan 2010, p.88]
  49. 83
    Regardless of how insane it sounds, it's not the making and sharing of your own levels that makes Little Big Planet special this time. You still get an excellent platformer with an unmistakable style, but the nearly-identical look and feel makes this PSP edition feel like an expansion pack.
  50. LittleBigPlanet's trip to the PSP was a faithful transition.
  51. LittleBigPlanet has certainly made a pretty good translation to the PSP as more of a single-player-focused experience, but that also brings with it more of a reliance upon great community levels and/or developer support with DLC to help give it replay value to be worth $40.
  52. An impressive port of the PS3 original that improves some elements, even if it leaves out multiplayer.
  53. 80
    LittleBigPlanet on PSP offers some astonishing opportunities for creativity on a handheld platform, but doesn't quite live up to its bigger brother.
  54. The universe of LittleBigPlanet is translated well onto hand-helds. Although I miss the fantastic multiplayer, it's still a great game with fantastic level design. Also, the higher difficulty is a nice touch, and will keep the most skilled players on their toes.
  55. Little Big Planet PSP successfully captures the essence of the original, and boasts its own excellent level design and gameplay refinements to boot.
  56. This is an impressive port of the PS3 classic. The new levels made by Sony Cambridge are filled with fantasy and smart puzzles. Still, the game could have done with a few more levels, because the level editor might be a bit too deep for the PSP. Still, all the charm from its big brother is still present here and it’s one of the best and most original games you can buy for the handheld.
  57. It may not break all the rules the way the original did, but this is still a game poised to shake up the handheld market a bit.
  58. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Most creative platformer ever on PSP is open to all kinds of players. LBP offers tens of hours of inventive entertainment. With user created content tens change to hundreds. [Issue#186]
  59. games(TM)
    The true definition of a game that keeps on giving. [Issue#91, p.106]
  60. The PSP version maybe slightly down scaled when compared to the PS3 version, but unlike many franchises that have made the transition to a handheld platform LittleBigPlanet on the PSP has managed to capture the feel of the original.
  61. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    The warmth in the world has survived the scaling down. [Jan 2010, p.106]
  62. It remains to be seen if LittleBigPlanet’s portable community will be as dedicated or creative enough to continually pump out user-made levels, which has allowed the original PS3 version to enjoy repeated success even years after its launch, but regardless of whether you own both consoles or not, Sackboy’s portable world tour isn’t one you want to miss.
  63. Pelit (Finland)
    Sackboy's shrinked adventure suffers from sloppy controls and unbalanced level design. The cool level editor is also included, so after the disappointing solo content, you can entertain yourself with downloadable levels almost indefinitely. With proper finishing and some reasoning to the control methods, the game would definitely fight it's way to the platformer elite. Now the result is somewhat medium. [Dec 2009]
  64. The game is fun enough, most of the time, if made up of content that’s a tad more forgettable than the original.
  65. If you loved the original and just want more Sackboy to hold you over before Sony releases LBP 2, this would be a good purchase for you. But I’d still say $19.99 is a fairer price tag – even for the eager.
  66. While the execution is undoubtedly impressive, the idea behind it is not that strong: why should anyone prefer LittleBigPlanet PSP over the PS3 version, choosing the very same game with some unavoidable compromises regarding the editor? That's frankly hard to say, the real impasse here is mainly conceptual.
  67. Edge Magazine
    In the original, full-sized LBP, creating more than a few seconds of playable level was a significant and time-consuming effort. Here, with slightly reduced options and at a near microscopic scale, it's much, much harder. [Jan 2010, p.93]

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
#16 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 143
  2. Negative: 14 out of 143
  1. tahsins
    Dec 3, 2009
    "why should anyone prefer LittleBigPlanet PSP over the PS3 version, choosing the very same game with some unavoidable compromises regarding "why should anyone prefer LittleBigPlanet PSP over the PS3 version, choosing the very same game with some unavoidable compromises regarding the editor?" because some people don't have ps3 eurogamer italy! and I still find it very enjoyable since this is the exact same game that we played and loved on ps3 and this is portable. lack of multiplayer is the only let down here. Full Review »
  2. May 30, 2012
    I have no idea how this game hasn't recieved one negative review. There's so much I could say that's wrong with this game but let me just sumI have no idea how this game hasn't recieved one negative review. There's so much I could say that's wrong with this game but let me just sum up my experience with it. I have never played the console version, as I don't have a ps3, so I ended up getting this to compromise. First of all the game looks quite similar to the ps3 version and plays very fluently, not to mention the developer levels are pretty fun. The problems don't begin until we get to the level editor, which I assume is the reason people buy the game.... It's a completely broken mess. Tools don't do what they're supposed to about 80% of the time, bolts, springs, pistons, even PREMADE objects like switches slowly fall apart each time you load the level, forcing you to have to delete and reconstruct over and over. By far the biggest problem is a crash bug that occurs at random when opening a project. Not only will the game crash, but corrupt the entire save data. I had to restart the game about 3 times before giving up. About half a year later I gave it another try because they released several patches to fix the various bugs, but lo and behold the crash/corrupt bug happened only a few hours into tinkering around in create mode. I'm not making any of this up, it's the most broken game I've ever played in my life and shouldn't have been released in this condition. I only gave it a 2 because at least the developer levels were playable. I really wish the best for the vita version coming out later this year, and hope it turns out better than this failure. Full Review »
  3. Dec 10, 2011
    I absolutley adore this game. Sack boy, he should be the new playstation mascot. Its like little big planet and a sack in your pocket. NOTI absolutley adore this game. Sack boy, he should be the new playstation mascot. Its like little big planet and a sack in your pocket. NOT THAT SACK! XD

    The good: Everything.
    The bad: Slow load times.
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