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LocoRoco by Sony Computer Entertainment




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  • Platform: Sony PSP
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Developer: Sony
  • Category: Action , Platform

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The peaceful world of the LocoRoco is under attack by the not-so-nice Moja Corps! These evil outer space creatures want nothing but to capture the blissful LocoRoco and take them from their land of blowing flowers, lively creatures and pastel scenery. As the planet where the LocoRoco inhabit, you must tilt, roll and bounce the LocoRoco to safety!

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We imported the Chinese version of LocoRoco and, lo and behold, you can play it completely in English. And since the PSP (and most other portable systems, for that matter) is completely region-free, Westerners need not worry about compatibility issues. Sure, most of us have sampled the free downloadable demo of this game, but it only scratches the surface of LocoRoco's depth and creativity.

The official goal of the game is to "increase LocoRoco numbers and regain world peace." After the Moja attack Roco colonies, most of the population is wiped out. So starting with just one Roco, you must locate up to 20 of these gelatinous blobs per level. As you find more, your Roco increases in size and the camera zooms out for a wider view. But sometimes you've just gotten too big to fit through a tiny passage. A quick tap on the circle button will split all of the Roco back into a mass of individuals, while holding the button down will bring themback together. As those who have played the demo know, the other 98% of LocoRoco's controls are tied to the L and R triggers. R tilts the world to the right, L tilts to it to the left, and both buttons combined will flick the Roco into the air.

In addition to finding 20 Roco per stage, players also have the option of tracking down three Mui Mui pals, a small number of blue flies, and hundreds of pink flies. Even if you do manage to collect everything in a particular stage, there is still a time limit challenge to meet. Hence, the true challenge of LocoRoco is the irresistible lure to search for false walls, out of the way springboards, or any other manner of special item barricade. Since you don't really die unless every Roco in your blob is killed, it would be quite easy to speed through every level. But to do so would entail skipping out on the crucial puzzle element in the game.

Collectibles are fun and all, but only if they result in some sweet rewards. In LocoRoco you can collect up to 144 different parts to put in your Loco house. Here you can populate it with more Rocos, platforms, gears, letters, and various other fun trinkets to play around with. While it does suck that you can inadvertently get duplicates of the same part, the fact that you can trade parts with a friend over Wi-Fi means that extras have a certain value as well. As far as we know from our play-through of the first few worlds, LocoRoco includes three different minigames. The first of which you'll have to use a carnival crane to pick up house parts. This is a pretty risky proposition since you have to spend 100 pink flies for each attempt, and a lot of the time the crane will come up empty-handed.
The game contains a certain number of worlds with eight levels in each. Environments range from forests to rivers to ice caves to the bowels of a giant creature. You'll find skinny tubes that you can fly around in, gears that your troop of Roco can trickle through, and even pinball-esque sections that bounce your Roco around like crazy. The last level in each world is set in a creepy Halloween motif. Here there are way more Moja to deal with than usual, including abig boss version. These stages are the only time that you'll really have to deal with combat in a significant way. The core of LocoRoco is more about exploration and puzzle solving.

LocoRoco's presentation is top notch across the board. The blob effects on your Roco are incredibly realistic, and the environmental effects are just as impressive. Sony has been able to capture the feel of so many different substances that you never know what you're going to roll onto next. And all of the people who love the quirky Japanese music stylings of Katamari Damacy will find plenty to love here. Each of the game's approximately six different characters has their very own theme song, which their little lips actually sing along to while you're playing through a level. In fact, the Roco must show off their singing talents in order to wake up sleeping creatures that will spit out a special item or help them pass through a tricky section. If you have enough Roco, they'll all split up into individuals and form an impromptu choir complete with harmonies and alternate parts. The yellow Roco sound like a bunch of kids, while the pink one resembles a female pop star, and the blue one simulates a deep-voiced lounge singer.

All in all, the PSP needs more games like LocoRoco. I'm not saying they should rip off the play style, but they should take advantage of the PSP's strengths like this game indisputably does. The animation and bright colors look fantastic on the PSP's crystal clear screen. Even though I'm a huge DS fan, I realize that the system could never come close topresenting a similar level of graphical quality. And even if Sony decides to port LocoRoco over to PS2, only consumers with HDTVs will be able to enjoy similar levels of clarity. Plus, this game works great for both quick doses of play or marathon sessions. And the simple art design takes almost no time to load. Enough with the watered down ports of home console games -- let's see more completely original titles like LocoRoco on the PSP!
-Bryan Vore
* Simple yet intuitive gameplay: Press the L and R buttons to tilt the landscape or
bump the LocoRoco into the air. Press the circle button to break and assemble the
LocoRoco to squeeze through narrow passages. It's that easy!

* Guide the LocoRoco through more than 40 stages of addictive platform gaming

* Vibrant, thriving, and lush 2-D world filled with slippery slopes, swing ropes and

* Features six different types of LocoRoco, each with unique voices and actions

* Captivating, light-hearted music communicates the joyous world of the LocoRoco

* Features LocoHouse and three mini-games