Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
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  1. Play UK
    Retains all the charm it had ten years ago. [Issue#155, p.84]
  2. 85
    It may not be the next God of War, but it's a unique diversion and one that is amazingly fun.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    Still a great and a highly amusing bemani game. In fact, it pretty much created the genre we know today. A living legend. [Sept 2007]
  4. Parappa has aged well, with the storyline and music still as amusing as ever. The simplistic game play is still fun, although the game feels shorter now that it did in its original release, mainly due to all the other rhythm games released since that time offering more content.
  5. This is a classic in my book, and I'd love to rate it higher than I am. However, time marches on, and by today's standards PaRappa isn't the top dog anymore. [July 2007, p.106]
  6. The game is terrific fun while it lasts, but that’s not long. It took me under two hours to make it through the game’s paltry six songs. While I got a little more mileage by attempting to get a “cool” rating on every song, it is hard to justify paying $30 for a game that offers fewer entertainment minutes than a movie.
  7. PaRappa the Rapper is not only a rollicking trip down memory lane, it reminds you how groundbreaking the game was and the path it has laid down for so many pretenders in its wake. Well worth a look for PSP owners.
  8. Despite the aforementioned low replay value, however, I'm glad PaRappa the Rapper was released. It still holds up even today, and perhaps having some renewed attention given to the Hip-Hop Hero will convince Sony to have a development house revamp PaRappa the way it should have been revamped, instead of the horrific sequel we got five years ago.
  9. PSM3 Magazine UK
    A fantastic game, but a short, limited one. Not really worth the asking price, and not as good as "Gitaroo Man." [May 2007, p.66]
  10. Games Master UK
    PaRappa still melts our hearts trying to woo Sunny Funny, but this dog has had his day. [Aug 2007, p.84]

Awards & Rankings

#67 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#58 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    One of the great games that has been created for the PlayStation to the PSP. It's still the same from the original PS One classic.
  2. Jul 22, 2016
    I was going to give this a 7 but I decided it is the psp and it is a handheld so I'll give credit. The game is still really flawed and doesn'tI was going to give this a 7 but I decided it is the psp and it is a handheld so I'll give credit. The game is still really flawed and doesn't control like other PaRappa games do. There is more flaws to this game as well. Full Review »