Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. 100
    The game exudes a sense of innocence and charm that quickly sweeps away any frustrations, and leaves you whistling the theme song long after you put it down.
  2. Once again, the LocoRoco 2 soundtrack takes center stage for me, with some great tunes scattered about the levels that are only aided by the different noises the LocoRoco and other creatures will make that seem to run in tandem with the music at times.
  3. LocoRoco 2 is a shining example of how the PSP can be used to grab a share in the casual market along with hardcore gamers. LocoRoco 2 has so much charm that it is near impossible to hate. LocoRoco 2 can be enjoyed in long sittings, or quickly in a one-level run.
  4. You'll wind up playing through levels a couple of times past the point when you've unlocked everything - without even knowing there's nothing left to figure out - and it won't be a minute wasted.
  5. The core game is one of the strongest platformers out there, and the mountain of extras pile on the enjoyment.
  6. Simply put, if you own a PSP and do not buy this game, shame on you. You’ll be missing one of the best games of the year.
  7. 91
    It may not be nearly as deep as the first game in terms of levels, but LocoRoco 2 delivers the same kind of visual flair, solid gameplay and musical addictiveness that the first game had.
  8. Some will think the game too short, the gameplay repetitive and the experience too similar to the original to warrant forking out another £20, but those people are heartless grouches who no doubt spend their time scaring children and trampling on daisies. For everyone else, LocoRoco 2 is the most uplifting game available, not only on the title-shy PSP, but on any platform.
  9. Even though LocoRoco 2 is a sequel, it is still one of the most original and addictive games that you will play on your PSP.
  10. While not as great a progression as it could have been, LocoRoco 2 still manages to squash, bounce and squeeze its way into must-have territory, and is as pristine a slice of portable gaming as one could hope for. Visually arresting, a pleasure to play and an aural triumph (we dare you not to hum along to the soundtrack!), the love and attention that has been lavished on its production veritably oozes from the screen.
  11. One of the must-have PSP games of the year, LocoRoco 2 delivers everything we could have wanted - more stuff to unlock and plenty of joyful, secret-packed levels full of weirdness and wonder.
  12. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Few games will make you smile more vibrantly. [Jan 2009, p.70]
  13. No better and no worse than the original - but still an absolute joy in nearly every respect. This is a must-have title for the PSP.
  14. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    If "LocoRoco's" too-cute art style turns you off or its odd gameplay still confuses you, trust me. Give LocoRoco 2 30 open-minded minutes. You won't regret it. [Mar 2009, p.74]
  15. If you enjoyed the first, or are interested in getting into the series, then I would highly recommend checking this game out. Plus you can’t beat the $20 price point, that is some serious bang for your buck.
  16. 90
    It is hard not to like LocoRoco 2. It relishes in a happy mood and does its best to spread the happiness to everyone that picks up the game.
  17. 90
    LocoRoco 2 wisely takes the torch of the first installment and succeeds again in PSP with an original title, fresh (though with the same basis than the first one) and extremely entertaining.
  18. LocoRoco 2 is a pleasure. It lacks the depth of some of its contemporaries, to be sure, but in terms of sheer enjoyment value few games come close. It’s euphoric, and there’s more than enough content and unlockables to justify the $19.99 price tag.
  19. LocoRoco 2 is a great continuation to the series and a game that most, if not all, PSP owners should have in their collection. Other than the minor gripe with the sensitive controls, there is a lot to love about this game. If you missed the opportunity to play the first, there is no real excuse to not get LocoRoco 2. At a very affordable price-point, you’re getting more than enough to satisfy your portable gaming needs for a long time.
  20. PSM3 Magazine UK
    A slightly improved, gleeful and irresistible triumph only tempered by familiarity. [Issue#174, p.76]
  21. 88
    LocoRoco 2 may not stray too far from the original, but it’s a fantastic and utterly charming piece of game design nonetheless.
  22. Games Master UK
    Some nice additions to a game that still cannot fail to make you smile. [Christmas 2008, p.85]
  23. 87
    LocoRoco 2 could well be the most enjoyable mix of madcap nonsense and simple yet perfectly formed gameplay that there's been all year.
  24. It is a game that is definitely the perfect game for any gamer in the family, from the hardcore to the most casual.
  25. Still hands-down the cutest franchise on the PSP, LocoRoco 2 adds enough new ideas to its already unique gameplay to make it a great improvement on the original game.
  26. 85
    It's bigger, better and happier. Let a little LocoRoco love into your life and you'll never regret it.
  27. Pelit (Finland)
    LocoRoco 2 is basicly the same game than LocoRoco 1. That is by no means a negative fact as gameplay is exceptionally clever and fun and makes you fall in love with guiding the cute little LocoRocos to the goal. A platform game with a bit of puzzle and action in between has rarely been this much fun and never as heartwarming as now. [Jan 2009]
  28. LocoRoco 2 is a great title at a great price point. Its misgivings -- short playtime, lack of narrative substance and meaningless collectibles -- are easily trumped by the game’s character and solid gameplay.
  29. Even if you don't normally go for cute games, LocoRoco 2 is worth checking out - even if you can only play it when no one else is watching.
  30. The carefully crafted animations always transmit the right feel at the right time, whether you're bouncing over a spongy surface, gliding through windy areas, or sliding on ice. Everything in this game is charming; it has a cheery vibe you won't be able to find elsewhere.
  31. For all the Blues Clues color palette, the flowers blowing in the breeze past dancing cacti, and a soundtrack that seems to recorded by the Alvin and the Chipmunks singing J-pop for a kindergarten show and tell on happy brownie recipes, it has the artistic polish that Sony is known for and a redesign that is nearly flawless for a sequel to a successful title.
  32. 82
    LocoRoco 2 is as amusing as the original, but the differences between the two are marginal at best. Luckily, the swell controls and endearing visuals will enchant the audience of the first all over again.
  33. It’s silly, elegant, strange, delightful, sometimes annoying, always cute, mostly easy (unless unlockables matter to you) a bit random, often clever and ultimately not that essential. It’s perhaps too whimsical for most people, and if you need meaningful story and immediate reward, it almost certainly isn’t for you. With the right mindset, though, it’s a real treat and something special for PSP owners to call their own.
  34. LocoRoco 2 is a fresh and original experience for players and for the PSP line too. It has lost the surprise factor of the first game and the new features are not enough because offer a similar feeling. But LocoRoco means innovation, is an alternative expression and this generation needs it.
  35. A great sequel to one of the PSP's best franchises, LocoRoco 2 is definitely a game fans of the original will want in their collection.
  36. Despite new levels, moves, and critters, LocoRoco 2 is very much the same as the first. But when the same is this clever, it's hard to complain.
  37. Ostensibly the same again, then, LocoRoco 2 nevertheless pulls its charm tight and burrows deeper into the mechanics, level layouts and set-pieces, presenting more elaborate rewards in visuals and gameplay, and doing a better job of sharing them with you so that you don't always feel as though you're searching for cuddly needles in a Teletubbies haystack. It comes across as a refined, more elaborately constructed sequel that remembers why it was good in the first place.
  38. Even with some new touches and a increased difficulty, there are little changes in this sequel, which is probably the big problem here. The game keeps being as charming and enjoyable as the first one, so it´s perfect for those who love LocoRoco, but it lacks the sense of surprise and discovering of the first one.
  39. Locoroco 2 might be a little less unique than its predeccesor, but its concept is still going strong. The overal atmosphere and gameplay elements will most likely turn a smile on your face. And for a more than decent price the game is almost mandatory for every PSP-owner.
  40. LocoRoco 2 may play it safe, choosing not to mess with a successful formula, but it adds a few nice twists here and there.
  41. 80
    Whether you're watching them hurtle along in the embrace of a rainbow wind, or guiding them through the intestines of a giant penguin, the squishy, smiling LocoRoco are as charming as they've ever been.
  42. Cute, charming, and an utterly magical joy to play from start to finish, LocoRoco 2 is your new best friend.
  43. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Concept of its predecessor multiplied in all ways and published. And it works perfectly in every part of this two-dozen-level fun. [Issue#173]
  44. AceGamez
    Despite the lack of evolution, I had a great time with LocoRoco 2. It's an improvement upon the original by most measures; bigger, better and more bad-ass, you might say, sacrilegious as it seems to apply Cliff Bleszinski's sales pitch to this sugary treat, but where Gears of War 2 delivered on its outlandish promises, LocoRoco 2 proves decidedly lacking.
  45. The second installment in the Loco Roco franchise offers us much of what we were offered in the first installment, with some minor yet appealing additions. The graphical style is just as cute as it was the last time around and the music is absolutely charming. Minor additions, such as a rhythm based minigame, really does a lot for the experience. The levels are more varied than in the first game and there are tons of things to do and find. It might not be a revolution, but it's an incredibly entertaining platforming experience.
  46. The sheer ingenuity of each stage keeps you going, but the scope of collectibles keeps you going back.
  47. games(TM)
    A handheld game that pitches the balance between pick-up-and-play fun and engaging gameplay exactly. The clever level design and artistic merit are an added bonus. [Jan 2009, p.129]
  48. Although there is not as much innovation as we hoped for LocoRocco 2 is followed by truly fun details and rises once again to the throne as best platform game to the portable Sony console. Don’t let yourselves be fueled by the aspect of this title. Anyone will surrender to the charms of LocoRocco 2.
  49. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    It's enough to make it feel new and shiny again, and well worth buying. [Jan 2009, p.100]
  50. GamePro
    Still, with its quirky presentation and interesting gameplay, LocoRoco 2 makes some fantastic improvements over its short-but-sweet precursor that should attract fans of the series and newcomers alike. [Mar 2009, p.80]
  51. Much like the original, LocoRoco 2 is too easy to beat and Sony reused a lot of the same artwork and music, but there's no denying this game's charm and budget friendly $19.99 price.
  52. 80
    No, LocoRoco 2 won't challenge you, but its happy presentation, fun gameplay and bountiful extras will keep you rolling for hours.
  53. A multiplayer mode still didn’t make it into the concept of LocoRoco 2 and the gameplay also didn’t change. But it will entertain you the same way as the former part did!
  54. Two years ago I wrote I hoped the developers would make a successor to LocoRoco more challenging. It appears they haven’t heard my calls. The game still possesses the same charm and cuteness, especially for people who missed out on the first installment in the series, and the soundtrack will make anyone smile. LocoRoco 2 gets repetitive in the long run though, and adds very little to the original game.
  55. Edge Magazine
    It’s one of the happiest pieces of software ever released, constantly throwing tunes, trinkets and new tricks at the player simply to amuse them. [Jan 2009, p.93]

Awards & Rankings

#29 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
#22 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 68
  2. Negative: 9 out of 68
  1. May 7, 2015
    LocoRoco 2 is a truly imaginative title and one worth revisiting on the vita if missed on the psp. The aesthetic is extremely vibrant andLocoRoco 2 is a truly imaginative title and one worth revisiting on the vita if missed on the psp. The aesthetic is extremely vibrant and gorgeous. The whole game exudes colour and this is matched with the equally colourful and infectious soundtrack. The soundtrack and visual style are used effectively to contrast the good in the game with the evil. With a game with limited narrative, the occasional text box, the story is effectively told through the animation and music. The characters are perhaps one dimensional but act as simple and lovable balls of colour and sound. Having the choice between characters is nice but I found myself sticking with the default LocoRoco. The gameplay is very innovative and engaging but quick movement and changes of direction can make certain scenarios frustrating and make some deaths feel cheap. It is however a pleasure to explore the well designed and varied levels that truly encourage exploration for secrets and offer incentives for replaying by introducing new gameplay mechanics that can open up previously closed areas. The level of difficulty is low allowing the player to enjoy the visuals, level design and music. LocoRoco 2 is padded with some mini games which are a bit unnecessary and not too engaging, adding to the length of the game to its detriment.
    Overall LocoRoco 2 is a pleasure to play through its visuals sound and gameplay and is definitely recommended.
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  2. Jun 11, 2014
    Probably the only game you can find that makes you turn away from playing it due to the girly and childish cover. But trust me, this isProbably the only game you can find that makes you turn away from playing it due to the girly and childish cover. But trust me, this is probably one of the best PSP game you will find. Full Review »
  3. Feb 17, 2012
    An imaginative and original game that utilizes unique gameplay and fun visuals. LocoRoco 2 is light and breezy and has that classic easy toAn imaginative and original game that utilizes unique gameplay and fun visuals. LocoRoco 2 is light and breezy and has that classic easy to learn/hard to master learning curve. The music is lively and the colors jump out at you. This creates a great energy running throughout the game. The game is a joy to play even if its lightness means that it won't be particularly engaging or involving. Full Review »