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Just Finished: LocoRoco Midnight Carnival (PS5)

This is one game I was definitely not expecting to play on my PS5. An emulated version of the game was made available for PS Plus Premium subscribers. I forgot that I had originally bought the game on PSP so I was surprised the game was available for me to download for free. I have tried my hand at a number of other Loco Roco games before but I think this is the only one I have completed. It is a spin-off and was a digital only release back in 2009. It is smaller in scale than the original 2 games. It is a fun unconventional platformer. The 2D visuals looks sharp and crisp in HD. However they did not redraw or upscale the text, which appears very blurry and pixelated. Seems like a lazy cop out for what should not be too difficult to fix. Also it would have been nice if they added Trophies but alas they didn't. The game is very difficult and tricky to complete. If not for the rewind feature I would never have been able to complete this game. The music is catchy and charming. The controls can frustrate sometimes but the fun outweighs the hassle. The game is divided into different levels and you have to tilt the environment to help your LocoRoco character reach the goal and pick up more friends along the way. The level design is inventive and leans into a Halloween theme. The art direction, music, and visuals are all so whimsical and joyful that it makes the game fun to experience even when you are constantly failing to clear obstacles or reach new platforms. Still its an enjoyable entry into a PlayStation series that we don't see much of anymore. I thought a game like this would be better suited for a portable device but I was engrossed playing it on my big screen TV. I didn't try the multiplayer but playing solo was fine. This is such a cute game and a welcome stroll down memory lane.

Score: 7/10

Full Completed 2022 List:

  • Far Cry 5 (PS4)
  • Resident Evil 6 (PS4)
  • inFamous 2 (PS Now)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NSO)
  • Bioshock 2 (PS4)
  • Ico (PS Now)
  • Knack (PS4)
  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD (PS4)
  • Astro's Playroom (PS5)
  • Bully (PS4)
  • Sackboy A Big Adventure (PS5)
  • Escape Academy (PS5)
  • LocoRoco Midnight Carnival (PS5)
Last edited by Signalstar - on 19 November 2022

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