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Addicting Eyeballs: Enter Patapon

After seeing one of the few Patapon download links available, I decided to download it, pop it on my PSP and run a 5 minute trial. To sum up the experience, Patapon is addicting.

It was I loved it so much I think it deserves a review. A big thanks to the provider of the Patapon download link though (you can see it at the bottom ^^).
Despite the really crappy name and the unassuming and weird appearance of your army, Patapon (means trashy in our native language) is a simple yet enjoyable (sometimes addicting) game that casual gamers would love. Instead of pushing buttons to score high points like most Rhythm games, you get to move your Patapon Army with it. You start from basic Forward and Attack commands to more complex ones as the game progresses. Of course, the button presses required gets more complex too.

~Pata Pata Pata Pon~A full hour into the game after the Patapon download and I’m already singing the song >_<

Later into the game, you also get access to more advanced and more powerful units but you’ll only be able to field up to three different squads at once on a mission. It limits the strengths of your forces, but like any stategy nut it’s fun to experiment on which troops compliment each others skills and abilities. Note that if you lose any of your force in battle, you can always revive them from the Tree of Life.

To add more depth to the gameply, Patapon also has an RPG-like system of status upgrades. The more improved your troops levels are the more powerful they become (like in any RPG). On some stages though, you’ll find that strategy is much more important than your troops level. The Zigoton army carries with them a number of variety of monsters, that include shock troops, fierce crabs, stone golems and battle tanks while you’re stuck with your variant Patapons (unfair ain’t it?) so it’s best that you know your strenghts and exploit them.

The downside though is the absence of a pause feature (it almost made me regret my Patapon download) since the Start button is used as the Quit function so once you start a stage, you’re committed to it. Sure you can put the PSP to sleep but it’ll put you off beat and keeping your rhythm is very important in Patapon.
If you do a quick search for Patapon downloads you’ll get the EU version (US version is out next week) so it’s up to you to wait or download the EU version now.

Screens:

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Gameplay

The player controls a tribal warband, the warriors of which can be infantry, ranged troops or cavalry. Initially, the warband consists of only a few basic-type spearmen wielding plain weapons, but as the game progresses more units, greater warriors and more powerful weapons can be obtained. The warband is commanded through beating rhythms through combos on four talking drums, each mapped to one of the PSP’s four control buttons, where, for example, one rhythm wills the band to advance, another to press an attack, and one to back up and defend. By keeping the rhythm going and not missing a beat, continuously beating out and switching between rhythms, the band builds up a frenzy which, when reached, increase attack speed, power and general prowess.

The game and story is unfolded through a number of missions of increasing difficulty, introducing new opponents and unlocking more drum rhythms, allowing more advanced tactics. Between missions, new troops can be spawned by spending currency called ka-ching and resource items. The player can also acquire new weapons to equip their Patapon with and edit their troop formations.

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Your Patapon download via free PSP Games courtesy of Atma Xplorer Game archive.

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  1. yunisee February 25, 2008 Reply

    kind of reminds me of Loco Roco. ahaha. will try to play that when the term ends XD

  2. Aaren March 2, 2008 Reply

    How do you get it to play? I downloaded it, and put it in my Games folder but..

  3. sylv3rblade March 2, 2008 Reply

    You need custom firmware for it to work. If you have it, just extract and drop it in your ISO folder (not x:/PSP/Game)

  4. kaith March 2, 2008 Reply

    i have downloaded and extracted it. But it is in CSO format. how can i play?

  5. sylv3rblade March 2, 2008 Reply

    if you have custom firmware just place it in the ISO folder and you’ll be able to run it on your XMB

  6. McBilly March 2, 2008 Reply

    Awesome game! It looks very promising Sylv. Is this a Filipino-made game? That patapon word gives me the creeps.

    McBilly’s last blog post..Xpango Scam or Genuine?

  7. sylv3rblade March 2, 2008 Reply

    Translation of the word Patapon really doesn’t look good on us no?

    Nope, it’s not a Pinoy game but it’s a great and very addicting game. Definitely one of my most recommended games though.

  8. Byron? March 3, 2008 Reply

    ISO? What is that?

  9. Allen March 3, 2008 Reply

    Wow! Good job on ranking on this keyword. ^_^ Let me download it too , play it and rank for it.. haha:)

    Allen’s last blog post..Google Adsense and the mandatory privacy policy page

  10. sylv3rblade March 3, 2008 Reply

    Hehe thanks ^^ and enjoy. It’s really addicting so beware. XD

  11. xymo March 4, 2008 Reply

    damn this game! i cant let go of my psp! hahahaha.

  12. Blahbob March 5, 2008 Reply

    I got the game not the download but it is very cool (if you wanna send me an E-Mail mine is adam.wheat@hotmail.com)

  13. Cherushii March 10, 2008 Reply

    This is weird… I can’t extract the files.
    It always says:

    C:\Documents and Settings\!!1bl4hbl4h11!!\My Documents\nl-patapon.rar: CRC failed in the encrypted file nl-patapon.cso (wrong password ?)

    Can someone please help me? šŸ™

  14. sylv3rblade March 10, 2008 Reply

    whoops haven’t updated.. the password is hako.. not Hako.

  15. Angelalmight March 17, 2008 Reply

    Hey…i’ve tried the patapon…but im stuck in the now loading screen, wats happening y cant it go on?

  16. sylv3rblade March 17, 2008 Reply

    It’s probably a problem with the UMD ISO mode. Try changing it to Sony NP9660 (press the SELECT button while on your XMB)

  17. Angelalmight March 18, 2008 Reply

    OMG THANKS SO MUCH!! If u didn’t tell me I wouldn’t have played a very very addicting game!! THANKS

  18. sylv3rblade March 18, 2008 Reply

    no prob.. glad to be of help ^^

  19. carmenkc March 28, 2008 Reply

    what is XMB???can u tell me in detail how to change to sony np9660?

  20. sylv3rblade March 29, 2008 Reply

    The XMB is the PSP’s menu, the one you’re working with on your PSP.
    To change the ISO mode you need to have a Custom Firmware installed. If have it, just press Home to access the menu and select Sony NP9660 as your optionn

  21. h0pelese March 30, 2008 Reply

    similarly, stuck at loading screen… =X
    changed it to Sony NP9660 but still dint work..
    now wad?

  22. sylv3rblade March 30, 2008 Reply

    Try any of the other ISO modes.
    What version is your firmware? You may need to update if it’s below 3.71 M33

  23. mark May 5, 2008 Reply

    thank you.:)

  24. Ben May 9, 2008 Reply

    Hw do u download it, i click on the link to the download, but theres nothin there?

  25. sylv3rblade May 9, 2008 Reply

    It’s there. I just checked, the file is still there. You probably have something blocking the site or it’s contents and no, it’s not a malware filled site.

  26. ben May 9, 2008 Reply

    hey i want to make my psp a custom firmware. at the moment its on normal version of 3.95.
    hw can i make it a custom firmware so i can play this download?

  27. JM November 22, 2008 Reply

    Ung mga ginagamit na words sa game, itā€™s too common for Filipinosā€¦ like the expressions used sometimes when Filipinos are angry to some oneā€¦ Pinapadaan na lng sa beat ng music at sa liit ng boses, pero kapag pinakinggan mong mabutiā€¦ mga words na kadalasang ginagamitā€¦ tskā€¦ tskā€¦ I think, this game is not good for childrenā€¦

  28. sylv3rblade November 22, 2008 Reply

    @JM:
    err you’re the first guy to have actually complained about the words used in the game.

  29. Donovan June 5, 2009 Reply

    I clicked on the link and it says “file expired” Could you help me out or update or something? Thanks. E-mail the response to me at demonboy58@live.com

    • sylv3rblade June 20, 2009 Reply

      Head to the link provided at the bottom of the post

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