previews\ May 30, 2006 at 8:00 pm

LocoRoco - PSP - Preview 2

Everyone will agree that pure creativity in games is so hard to find now-a-days. Once a game does something right and people fall in love with that unique aspect, developers will copy that idea and run it into the ground. Pretty soon all you see saturated on the shelves at your favorite electronic store are various knock-offs and clones of this game concept. Well, every once in a while a developer will go out on the ledge and come up with a great idea that is really well executed and people fall in love with it, such as the game Katamari Damacy. Well, there is a new game coming out entitled LocoRoco that will have you rolling on the floor with excitement. Read on to find out more about this fascinating game.

The story of this game is pretty simple in nature, but that is what this game is mostly about: simplicity. You see there are these peaceful creatures call the LocoRoco that live on a distant planet and one day it was attacked by the malicious Moja and they are trying to wipe them out. The planet realized this and now it must help the LocoRoco get out of danger and steer them too safely.

Keeping that in mind, I would like to tell you that this game is really simple to control. You use the two shoulder buttons on you PlayStation Portatble to tilt the world around to move the LocoRoco. To make the character hop you press both shoulder buttons at the same time. Your objective is to get fruit that is placed all around the stage to make your LocoRoco get bigger, which helps with various objectives. If you hit the monsters that are in the level you will lose some of your mass, which is not a good thing. Also to get through some of the objectives you will have to split the LocoRoco in smaller ones to get through the puzzles that you will face.

At this point the game looks very solid and has a nice artistic feel to it and makes players want to play the game just to look at the various environments that you are put into. In other words this game looks very smooth on your PlayStation Portable and it is something you will want to share with your friends to show the fascinating and strange appearance of it all.

Only getting to play the one level demo is really disappointing because I want to see more of what this game has to offer and if it can keep up the aura it has throughout the game. I guess I will have to wait to see how the rest of the game holds up until it gets released, but until that time this one level demo of this game remains a blast to play.

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