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.
Chipper puzzler is family friendly but can be challenging.
Common Sense Media
1 March 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.
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...
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.