Chipper puzzler is family friendly but can be challenging.
Common Sense Media
12 April 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival , a downloadable game for the PSP, is a cute puzzle/platform game that’s safe for all ages. Note, though, that its difficulty level, which is greater than that of its predecessors, may be above the threshold of younger players. Apart from certain enemies vanishing in a puff of smoke when bumped, there is no violence at all in the game.
Excerpt: LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival might not be a proper sequel to the superb PSP platforming series, but it's still got the cuteness, adorable music and colourful visuals that fans have come to expect. However, hidden behind the singing coloured blobs is a game that presents a far trickier challenge than what LocoRoco has served up in the past. There's still lots of fun to be had at the Midnight Carnival, but this time expect to work a little harder than usual.
Conclusion: LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival does bring some new things to the table, but it’s hard to recommend this since this is still largely the same game as its predecessors. Unless you’ve played the first two games to death, this would be a nice way to get some more LocoRoco action for $14.99. If you’re new and depending on whether you have a PSP Go or not, you may have cheaper options for either of the first two games on UMD while for $5 more, you could get a more content-filled...
Excerpt: Since bursting out of the rainbow, kitten, and smile factory, the LocoRoco series has kept its identity firmly rooted in cute, family-friendly fun. This has included a simple-but-charming art style, world-rotating gameplay, and an infectious soundtrack. But while this latest instalment keeps the foundation of the series intact, new gameplay mechanics, darker themes, and tougher difficulty make LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival much less accessible.
Pros: New Boing! mechanic is great, Online scoreboards and replays
Cons: Steep difficulty curve, Requires repetition to progress, Limited multiplayer options, Short single-player campaign
Conclusion: A great point for new gamers to come in, as they will hopefully continue the series with "Boing!" included henceforth. A strong narrative and multiplayer would have only helped this game, but neither were really explored. A great portable title.
Excerpt: A BuiBui Bust. Hey there, LocoRoco, how have you been? Remember all the fun times we shared happily bouncing around, kicking those mean old Moja right off your planet? What, you want to play some more? Let’s see here, LocoRoco Midnight Carnival , eh? Well, doesn't that just sound like a jolly good time? But what’s with that evil glint in your eye? Hey, what are you doing to me? No, LocoRoco, stop it! Why are you trying to make me hate you?!
Pros: LocoRocos are still adorable, Catchy soundtrack, Extremely difficult, The Boing mechanic isn't great, High degree of frustration, The game makes puppies cry
Excerpt: Though it's been less than a year since LocoRoco 2 hit the PSP, here comes another installment in the franchise. LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival is more spinoff than sequel, and though it's trying to be a serious platformer, the only serious things about it are the insane difficulty, crazy level designs, and shoddy controls. Midnight Carnival is a platformer in the strictest sense, comprised of a series of individual levels that you complete in a linear fashion.
Excerpt: The best games sneak up on you like Christmas, and the Gamescom reveal of the new Locoroco game couldn’t have been better timed – it’s only been a matter of a few short months since we first heard about the new adventures of Kulche and friends – and it’s out tomorrow. Branded to coincide with Halloween, Midnight Carnival is actually much more than a spooky subset of levels, the sixteen main sections of the World Map actually span a few different themes and each brings...
Pros: It’s more LocoRoco – one of my favourite series on the PSP., Built for the PSPgo – it’s entirely playable (minigames aside) with just the triggers., Well priced, and far bigger than the press releases would have you believe., The new super bounce move is a brilliant idea., Multiplayer is a nice addition.
Cons: It’s tough – harder than previous titles right from the off., It’s a little bit too ‘platformy’ for me in places.