Product Type: Sony PSP games
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Colourful, Bouncy, Blobs of Fun!
Loco Roco (Platinum) (PSP)
Member Name: eggshine
Loco Roco (Platinum) (PSP)
Advantages: Fun, Colourful, Exciting, Great Soundtrack, Hours of Gameplay
Disadvantages: Shortlived mini games, but definetely better than none at all.
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!
Summary: A great game, with a completly fresh take on 2D platformers/puzzle games.
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