Excerpt: Sequels can be good or bad depending on the direction the developer takes. Sony added content in all the right areas (editor: the most notable being the storyline). In fact after playing LocoRoco 2 I retract and apologize for anything negative I may have said about Sony in the past.
Excerpt: When it was first released, LocoRoco got noticed by its originality and although it looked childlishly simply you did get to have a lot of fun with it. Locoroco 2 of course continues on the same principle as its predecessor. Roll those balls!
Conclusion: Concept: Polish the LocoRoco concept to a brilliant shining gem
Graphics: Adorable art design blended with fantastic physics
Sound: Some themes are revisited, but the catchy soundtrack will have you whistling afterward
Playability: The tilt control method returns with a few new tricks
Clever, creative puzzles about rolling animated blobs.
Common Sense Media
1 July 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this sequel to LocoRoco is a simple, colorful, and easy-to-play puzzle game made exclusively for the PSP. Other than one level in which you shoot at ships, LocoRoco 2 has no violence. It is a charming puzzler that is appropriate for all kids from ages 7 to 107.
Excerpt: Over the past few years, there has been a considerable influx in games that carry a special kind of appeal. This relatively alien style is sometimes referred to as "cute" or "cheery." In the advent of games like LittleBigPlanet and World of Goo , it is clear that happy is the new angry.
Excerpt: Gamers have all different kinds of tastes when it comes to which games they like to play. Some want something with a story they can immerse themselves in. Others want something gritty, something abrasive, or something challenging that will give them huge amounts of satisfaction when they finally...
Summary: LocoRoco was the most adorable game I actually enjoyed playing. With the sequel, I was looking forward to exploring more secret-laden levels to the hum of groove-worthy music. The skillful level-tilting action hasn't changed, but these little LocoRoco have learned a wealth of new moves that let them...
Excerpt: The genius of Tsutomu Kouno's LocoRoco concept is that its gameplay hasn't been forced, like a square peg to a round hole, into the confines of the the PSP's control system, like so many first-person and third-person titles are.
Conclusion: Recommending LocoRoco 2 is a no brainer. It is simply a better made game than its predecessor, with plenty to chew on regardless of price. I can only hope that further sequels are made, as there is still more potential (and more improvements) to be built on.