Prepare to coo, laugh out loud and spend your spare time dreaming of a fat yellow blob. Yes, we’re talking about the launch of Locoroco on the PSP next month.
After a couple of days playing on a near finished version, the Stuff team is unanimous that it’s the most addictive, original and playable game we’ve played yet on the handheld console. It could also help the PSP fight off stiff competition from the DS Lite’s recent rash of quality titles.
The basic concept couldn’t be much further from the PSP’s current mix of shoot ‘em-ups, racers and violence-fests such as GTA: Liberty Cities. Your task is to bring about world peace by controlling a blob using no more than the shoulder buttons to tilt the screen left and right to set your blob rolling. Hit both buttons together and the screen’ll bounce, pinball table-style. Tap the circle button and your blob splits into lots of mini blobs.
If that sounds mind-numbingly dull, wait ‘til you have a play. It makes for simple, addictive, 2D platformer gameplay that, more than anything, reminds us of Sonic the Hedgehog’s glory days on the Megadrive. It’s all about picking up momentum, dodging the bad guys, timing jumps and, of course, eating strawberries to expand your blob’s stomach.
There are also a bunch of mini games – including a fairground-style crane grabber – and a house that you can fill with rewards from the main game.
It’s out 23rd June for £30.