Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:35

REVIEW: LocoRoco Remastered (Playstation 4)

Written by Brett Hale
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When I was given LocoRoco Remastered to review I thought hmm... Remastered? I’ve never heard of LocoRoco before, call me naive, but the reason why i’d never heard of LocoRoco before was because it was a game released in 2006 on the first ever PSP handheld. I once owned a PS VITA, but never got into that side of gaming as Sony aren't ones to support their handhelds like Nintendo, but anyway forget handhelds because this remaster is for PlayStation 4 owners.

This version of LocoRoco is the original game from the PSP, the remaster is only available on the PlayStation 4, and it’s one kick ass game that’s simple to play which means it's a game for everybody. As fun as it was, it did have one big downside, it failed to challenge me 99% of the time. But even though I wasn’t challenged, this is a fun 2D platformer that really works well from handheld to console.

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LocoRoco Remastered is a decent sized game, with many stages spread across five world’s. There is no story, so this game has to rely on its gameplay which I believe is enough to have gamers enjoying the game. You’ll start the game as a yellow Roco, but you’ll meet other Roco friends that are different colours which you’ll also be able to play as, changing Rocos whenever you choose. The point to each stage is not just get through the worlds, but to collect along the way. Eating big red flowers will make you grow, as well as picking up bugs that are pink and orange. You’ll need to watch out for enemies, some that are black and spiking which can be found on walls and in the ground. There just one of many enemies you’ll see.

There are tiny characters called Mui Mui’s, and you’ll need to find them and set them free. Some are easy to find, though others can be in hidden rooms where you’ll need to move around to discover walls that lead to hidden door ways. There are so many different places you’ll go to in this game. You'll find yourself inside living things that move that will help you along some stages. The fact that stages are short, it helps with not having you feel that each stage is repetitive. There is no auto save feature, you’ll need to manually save your game in between stages. LocoRoco has pinball elements such as bouncing bumpers that little Roco will travel through, as well as streams of bubbles, going super fast in tiny spaces that instantly made me think of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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There are three mini games that you can play from the games main menu. These are unlocked as you play and they’ll cost you certain amounts of pink bugs to play. Other options are settings and using parts unlocked to build your LocoRoco house.

It doesn’t get much easier than this when it comes to controls. LocoRoco isn't necessarily about moving left or right, it’s all about leaning the world either left or right and there are two ways to do this. The default way is by using L1 or R1, or you can use the motion of your PS4 controller. You can change between these by pressing the controller gamepad. You’ll also have to hold down both L1 and R1 to bounce/jump in the air. You’ll get to parts of some stages where being a big Roco isn’t going to let you through small gaps, it’s then you’ll need to press Circle to break into small Roco’s. Once you want to combine them back into one large Roco, all you need to do is hold down Circle. Getting the knack of the odd controls are mastered by the end of the first stage.

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There isn’t much of a difference when you compare this remastered title on both the regular PS4 and PS4 Pro, the only difference I found was resolution, PS4 runs 1080p, whereas this is a game that’ll run native 4K if you just so happen to own both a PS4 Pro and a 4K television. The game ran solid as I was playing in 4K. Even in moments of the game where many little Roco’s were flying around the screen, the game never broke it’s stride, so it’s performance was great. Each stage you play have great vibrant colours throughout. Stages are designed well, none are flooded with anything unnecessary. The music in LocoRoco Remastered is friendly. The first world has young children singing, but music will change over each world you visit.

LocoRoco Remastered is an easy, fun game for children to play, but adults will enjoy just the same. It’s a remaster that holds up well on the PS4, and for the price tag, it isn’t asking too much for what you get. It’s one of the better remasters out on the PS4 of late, others being PaRappa The Rappa that aren't the best games like we once remembered them to be. So if you love 2D platformers, then this is something you’ll want to pick up and play.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Japan Studio
  • Publisher: SIEE
  • Genre: Strategy, Misc