Ars Review: Patapon 2 hides hardcore strategy in casual clothing

While the basic gameplay of tapping drum beats in 4/4 time is simple, the game itself is oddly hardcore. There is a ton of depth to creating and maintaining your army. The boss battles can be frustratingly difficult. You'll need to really enjoy backtracking if you want to create your perfect fighting force. If this sounds like your thing, however, don't be scared. You may have some moments of frustration, but Patapon 2 is a game that looks like a casual title that will quickly suck you in with the higher-level management and strategy aspects. For $20, and available as a download for whenever your resolve is weak, this is a helluva buy.

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