Conclusion: However, the gameplay itself will be quite different to LocoRoco. Patapon is a very music-oriented game where players lead around this tribe of tiny beings on-screen, helping them through life with divine commands. This comes from the tribal creatures looking to the player as some sort of god who bestows advice through chants. As one plays the game, a constant drum beat is played at varying tempos.
Excerpt: It’s hard to find a quirkier game than Patapon. Impossible to categorize in genre, as it’s in equal parts rhythm, role-playing game, strategy and 2D scrolling action; with an art direction unlike anything I have seen before and some catchy music that has stuck with me since I saw the trailers, I knew beforehand that the experience I’d find in it would be unlike any other. And, for sure, I wasn’t wrong.
Summary: Patapon is a huge success at a mild $20 USD. The game will create a rhythmic addiction unlike any game before it and will pull you into its euphoric world to the point where you won't want to leave it.
Pros: Patapon army variety, Great mini-games, Awesome music
Cons: No pause option during missions, Lack of in-game save option
Excerpt: Patapon is somewhat of an "ungame," in that it doesn't conform to most of the standard assumptions about what makes a game fun to play. At least in the gameplay department this is true, but the Patapon Front Office is very welcoming and makes you immediately comfortable with the tasks set before you. By all appearances, this could be a side-scrolling Action title.
Excerpt: Is it just me? Or does it seem like it has been months and months since there was a new, exclusive or fun PSP game? The so-so sequel to Pursuit Force hit stores a few weeks ago and though it was fun, calling it a "great" or "must-play" title would be the very definition of overstatement (on foot controls dampen the fun noticeably and that is pretty much unacceptable for a game like Pursuit Force; it's really only a one-trick pony in the first place).
Excerpt: What is a Patapon, you ask? A one-eyed cartoon tribes-person, who lives only to follow the commands sent through the rhythmic thumps of four drums. These hapless minions are led by drumbeats from the “Almighty” (i.e. you); who makes them do everything from walking and fighting to performing the odd rain dance by beating on the main keypad. Thankfully, your rhythm needn’t be spot on, or this would be impossible.