Excerpt: Before there was Guitar Hero, before there was Elite Beat Agents, even before there was Dance Dance Revolution, there was PaRappa the Rapper. Released in 1997 for the PSOne, PaRappa introduced the rhythm music genre to console gamers.
Conclusion: In the original game, you competed against other characters including the Rap Master whose style you must emulate in a Simon-says fashion in order to move on. The PSP version includes a four-player multiplayer mode that lets you compete against other players.
Excerpt: PaRappa the Rapper was a unique and funky game back in the day, with simplistic, yet well defined, characters with an interesting animation style that features 2D "paper cutout" characters animated in a 3D world.
Excerpt: When it came to the original PlayStation back in 1996, Parappa the Rapper made quite an impression. It featured heart, humor, challenge and compelling gameplay that could keep a person trying to conquer a stage for hours before he realized how much time had passed.
Excerpt: While the game is fun while it lasts, the problem is that there's really not much to do beyond the six stages the game offers. The multiplayer mode is just there for looks, apparently hastily appended like some sinister footnote - in it, up to four players can rap on the same song and see who gets...
the music is one of the key elements of Parappa's enduring appeal and the
tunes remain as hummable and enjoyable as ever. The memorable tracks
showcase a talent for rap and their humorous, almost nonsensical lyrics
have aged surprisingly well considering the shifts in popular music.