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Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
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  1. games(TM)
    70
    Patapon really feels like a new experience. The seductive fa├žade is a clever mask for an enormously challenging game that requires a substantial amount of grinding and micromanagement to master. [Mar 2008, p.116]
  2. The game is solid and even if you struggle at many rhythm games, you will find yourself easily overcoming the learning curve as you drum your Patapon army to victory.
  3. 70
    Patapon is a clever spin on the rhythm genre, and the tiny characters are simply adorable. Leveling up your warriors can be quite trying, but the game's charm and refreshing adaptation of established mechanics make such transgressions forgivable.
  4. 70
    Patapon is one of the PSP's more original and interesting titles of late.
  5. 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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#3 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2008
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#7 Most Shared PSP Game of 2008
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 151
  1. ColbyA.
    Jul 30, 2008
    10
    Simply amazing game. The problem with gamers today is that, on the majority, they don't respect or value creativity. They want the same 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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2021
    9
    The worst of the trilogy, but still, it's absolutely stellar!
    The gameplay is easy and fun and the story is great!
  3. Aug 21, 2021
    7
    Nice, cute rhythm game with a unique system of upgrades between levels and easter eggs