Guardian: Patapon Review

Guardian writes: "You rarely come across a game which occupies a genre of its own, but there is no doubt that Patapon is the first ever rhythm-action-RTS. Then again, it was developed by the team behind LocoRoco, so you would expect it to innovate. As with LocoRoco, Patapon is a super-cute, 2D effort with a well-defined visual identity, but gameplay-wise it is much more sophisticated.

The Patapon are a simple warrior tribe, driven from their homeland by the Zigoton, and you act as their God, inspiring them to fight by producing a drumbeat, achieved by jabbing various PSP buttons in time with music. Different riffs generate different actions - initially you just have Advance and Attack, but as the game progresses, you acquire new commands - so the gameplay steadily increases in depth.

Visually and musically, it's utterly endearing, and the game is surprisingly substantial - unlike LocoRoco. Great value, and thoroughly irresistible - a must-have for any PSP owner, young or old."

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