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Loco Roco (Platinum) (PSP)

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      13.03.2011 20:33

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      Relaxing fun

      "DUM DUM DUM BOING DOONA CHIGGER BA DUM DUM DUM" is how the song goes! It's daft but original, rather like the whole game. This is a platformer with a difference - all your Locos sing through the menus and the stages. Different Locos have different voices and made up languages and sing differently. This musical element, combined with the startling bright colours and simple controls (tilt left, tilt right, jump, combine, split) make Loco Roco a joy to watch and play. It's great for younger players and jaded old timers who want something relaxing and fresh. It's a PSP exclusive that just wouldn't be the same on any other platform.

      The only problem is its difficulty. It's simply too easy. I've never failed to get through a stage first time. There's replay value for sure - I've never gathered all the Locos on a stage or found all the hidden 'muis'. Sometimes you miss areas when you're rolling past or you can't quite make a jump but there's no real way to get stuck or to die. It's satisfying to finally make a jump and get that Loco, but each level ends disappointingly quickly.

      But it's still a wonderful little game. The different Loco designs, the varied backgrounds and strange creatures, the twists and turns of the very linear levels as you roll and jump and get carried away by friendly currents make it joyful, albeit lacking in challenge.

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      03.02.2010 16:27
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      Good but not great

      LocoRoco is an incredibly odd game, and while I don't love it, it is a unique and fairly fun ride. The game takes place on a planet, and in order to rid the planet of evil forces, you have to tilt the planet, rolling around. This might sound nonsensical, and while it is very simple, it makes for a strangely addictive, fiercely original game.

      Visually, this game isn't testing the limits of the PSP like Chains of Olympus or Wipeout Pure, but it's still rather appealing and kids in particular will no doubt love it, I am sure. The visuals are very cartoon-esque in style, and quite hilarious indeed; I dare you not to crack a smile while playing this game for even just a few minutes. It's whimsical but not sickeningly so. Aurally, this does get a bit more tiring as it means a lot of irksome high pitched noises, and while cute for a while, this does ultimately become irritating.

      The gameplay is simple but fun, if flawed; it largely consists of pressing the shoulder buttons to rotate the planet and rid the world of the evil. You can split the LocoRoco up into smaller versions, which adds a bit of variety and excitement, but it's unsurprising that the game gets a bit tiresome after a while, and it's not a game that will likely have you glued to your PSP for hours at a time. It works better as a casual game played when you're bored for 20 minutes, and as such doesn't outstay its welcome.

      Though there are tonnes of levels, this game doesn't last too long thankfully, and although flawed through its simplicity, it is fluffy fun even if it doesn't make substantial use of the PSP's hardware.

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      17.05.2009 21:43
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      Game worth all of your cash

      Loco roco is a cute, funny enjoyable and hard platfromer game.
      From the moment you insert the disc you will be taken into the magical world of the loco roco.
      The graphics are simple, but extremely effective to how the game plays.
      It just looks so right.
      The game is so enjoyable an is deffinately worth buying.
      You take control of the planet, and have to help find the small loco roco's which are hidden through out the levels. Some are hidden a bit too well.
      Using the shoulder buttons you tilt the loco rocos world either left or right, but by pressing both buttons you can get the loco rocos to jump, helping you reach hidden areas. There are 20 loco rocos on each level to find/collect
      The game also has mini games too, which bring you coming back to keep playing.

      Another super aspect of the game is the soundtrack/music, which is so involving. Just helps to keep the game well above par. Thereis nothing to fault this game what so ever. Its that good they also made a second too.

      Although its title and game box cover looks kind of weird, the game pulls out all the stops and is sooo great.

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      16.04.2009 13:35
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      Save the loco roco NOW! Help them get rid of all those nasty Moja Moja!

      This is game therapy.

      I want to be a loco roco. I want to talk and roll about like them. And after picking up this game, you might wanna be like them too.

      This is the silliest, cutest, and happiest game I have ever played. A bargain in shops, yet full of fun. There's no violence, no theatrical story, just rolling about using the L and R buttons. Simplicity at it's finest.

      This game looks great, sounds amazing with a fantastic soundtrack, will last you a few hours, and best of all is sooooo cheap to pick up.

      You'll roll and bounce around several different lands, growing as you eat fruit to a maximum size consisting of 20 loco roco. Everytime you get hurt, you'll lose at least on of your loco roco.

      It's near impossible to describe how fun this game is, it may not be your thing after all, but there's no denying how good this game makes you feel. Ideal for a boost after an awful day, or even on the train in the morning to your awful day. You'll want to hide the fact you're playing a game designed for a baby, but the smile on your face will let everyone else know that despite this, they are the ones who are sorely missing out.

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      01.10.2008 10:38
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      LocoRoco makes an absolutely fantastic first impression

      I purchased Loco-Roco for my son and immediately got hooked to the game myself. I enjoyed mostly the simplicity of the game, to which I became addicted. The soundtrack, although childish, is very catchy and puts you in a good mood. It works like a charm.

      The game is broken up in five world, which look different, and starts on a peaceful planet when you will be attacked by the evil forces of Moja.

      The goal of each level is to reach the end. In order to do so you have to get 20 berries, which will make your LocoRoco grow, going through tight places in which you have to split up, collect pickories, which are the game's currency, float and many other things.

      LocoRoco makes a very good impression on first timers. The only disadvantage that I found was that after some time playing, the game start to get monotonous.

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        08.08.2008 12:55
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        A unique game, with unique controls

        I picked my copy up from HMV when it was under £7, what I consider to be a bargain for such a unique and widely praised game.

        In Loco Roco you are in the world of these really cute characters. You mainly use the shoulder buttons to tilt the environment, as you roll LocoRoco around to eat fruits and gather up mini Locos. As you eat you get fatter, so getting through smaller gaps is where the fun and puzzle nature of the game begins. Sometimes you have to move very carefully, other times you have to bounce and bump your way into secret areas.

        The game gets progressively more difficult, but I never get tired of the fantastic soundtrack, cutesy sound effects and simple yet very effective graphics. You can play wirelessy with an extra player if they have a PSP which adds to the fun. This is exactly how a unique game should be done.

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          23.05.2008 17:13

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          A good little game, different to a lot on the market

          I picked up Loco Roco in the pre-owned section of Gamestation for £7.99 , there wasn't much else there I didn't already have or already had at one point. IT looks like a childrens game and I guess it is simple enough that it is suitable for kids but it's challenging enough for adults to play too.

          It's a 2D platformer and it's incredibley cute to look at, you are a part of Loco Roco and are getting attacked by he bad guys of the mojo corporation. You work your way through the game int he same fashion as any basic 2D platform game only getting stopped along the way for little mini games.

          The sound is cool in it as it's very upbeat and sweet. The game is very easy on the eye and the game play in itself is fine, it's very easy to get into as the controls are simple enough and as for longeveity - Theres plenty in this game to keep you playing for hours and should make those road trips much more fun and bearable.

          An inoffensive fun little game that I think everyone who has a go will enjoy in some way or another. I'd recommend it.

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          15.01.2008 12:26
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          A great game, with a completly fresh take on 2D platformers/puzzle games.

          At first glance Loco Roco may loog like a simple enjoyable game for a 5 year old. You would be right in thinking this but it is also a simple enjoyable game for 20 year olds too, in fact make that whatever age you want it to be because there is no one who would not find this game fun.

          The concept behind the gameplay is simple - the joyous Loco Roco (colourful, happy blobs) are being attacked by the evil Mojo Corps. (horrible,black, hairy blobs). These Mojas are capturing the Loco Roco and you as a Loco Roco yourself need to help rescue your peaceful race. It is the classic Good vs. Bad seen in most games, and films but the gameplay itself is what makes this adventure so refreshingly new.

          There are three ways to control the Loco Roco which makes gameplay easy and intuitive. To move around the 2D world in which the Loco Roco live in is tilted. This is controlled with the L and R buttons on the PSP and this then makes the Loco Roco roll around the screen. To make the Loco Roco jump, the world is knocked or shook, this then bounces the Loco Roco in the air. This is done by pressing L and R simultaneously. The last contorl is the ability to either split your Loco Roco in to smaller Loco Roco or to join them up in to one big one. This is done with the O button but can only be used when there is more than one Loco Roco. This means that the Loco Roco can squeeze through little gaps one by one, or they can morph into a huge blob that can jump higher.

          Each level has the same concept, this is to get through the level whilst collecting Loco Roco. There is a total of 20 Loco Roco in each level which are scattered around in the form of red flowers, when the Loco Roco eats this he will be joined by a fellow companion. There are also a few extra things you can collect in levels like the little pink morsels which gives you a better score or the three MuiMui hiding in the levels. These little blue creatures will give you gifts which can be used in your Loco Roco House. In each level enemies will be found which will try to steal Loco Roco back, but all these enemies can be stopped with a hard hit to them by bouncing your Loco Roco into them. In the levels there may also be points where a certain number of Loco Roco are required to unlock a secret area in the level, this is accompanied with a song and a dance by the Loco Roco which is just as fun as playing the game. The song is usually the song used in the level but is sung with quiet music and really makes you appreciate the songs that are sung in a strange foreign language (I have no idea what language it is and whether it is real or not but its catchy all the same). Altogether there are 5 worlds accompanied by 5 different types of Loco Roco, this provides many hours of fun to be had. The colourful 2D levels range from scary lands, to slippery ice levels, to the insides of huge snakes! So that each level is new and exciting.

          Outside of the main game there are various mini games, which you can spend you morsels on, the prizes in these games are more parts for your Loco Roco House. And of course there is also your Loco Roco House i have been mentioning. This house is effectively an empty space in which you can fill with parts unlocked and Loco Roco to provide a fun play area for your Loco Roco. This can be very difficult and fiddly to set up as the Loco Rocos do not move independently and so only move due to parts used. This means that different parts need to be set up in the exact precise place for the Loco Roco to follow a crazy, exciting path you have built. Once built though this can be rather satisfying to watch as the Loco Roco can just go round and round a fun course that you have put so much time into constructing. The different mini games can also provide some extra fun or just a simple time out from the main game. The first of these games is a simple Teddy Picker styled game called MuiMui Crane, this is where a claw goes in and grabs out Loco Roco or parts for the Loco Roco House. As you can imagine this is fun until you realise how hard Teddy Picker machines are but can be a good way to use morsels and to get new Loco Roco House parts. Another mini game is the Chuppa Chuppa, this again is difficult can be quite addictive the perfectionist like myself. In this game Loco Roco are launched around dangerous spiky ledges by the Chuppa, in order to gain more Loco Roco House parts.

          Loco Roco is a fun, exciting game that is completly new and innovative. I would recommend this to every single PSP owner and would even recommend this if you do not have a PSP. It is worth buying one just to experience the crazy world of the Loco Roco. The game is a fun packed adventure that can be played over and over again and still be just as fun as the first time. The graphics may not be incredible but they are definetely fun to look at due to the bright pastel colours. Playing this game will make you feel like you are 5 years old again so go and buy a copy now!

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