first, Patapon has a unique name concept, widely praised by critics when it was released in 2008: it is a semi-turn RPG whose gameplay revolves entirely around… your sense of pace. For this second opus published a year later, still developed by Pyramid and still produced by the Japanese studio of Sony Interactive Entertainment, the basics remain unchanged. In fact, even more than a decade later, the sauce is still going strong: it must be said that we have here a little pearl of originality whose fundamental principle is not likely to age immediately.
Patapon 2 Remastered : Gameplay
So you, the player, embody the God of the Patapons. This tribe of small beings, both wild and downright sympathetic, are recognizable among a thousand: unique eye, impeccably round shape, undeniable courage and, above all, flawless musical allegiance. As supreme sovereign, you will have to guide your troops in 2D levels strewn with pitfalls: to advance them, attack, defend themselves or perform magic spells, you will have to use … a drum. Literally. By combining the round, cross, square and triangle keys in rhythm, it is possible to constitute the actions aroused while forming a real constant and evolving music, increasing the statistics if kept and respected.
Let’s not lie, the gameplay is always a fun originality that, yes, always hits the mark and deepens durably thanks to the rich RPG aspect. As the adventure progresses, the mechanics quietly become more complex with the arrival of new members within the Patapons: if the standard-bearer, the Hatapon, is a guy to protect imperatively on pain of losing the game, the large arms Robopon, the magician Mahopon or the aerial Toripon also come to deepen the playability. Above all, we have to equip our Patapons with the items gleaned during the different missions, to raise them in level, to constitute relevant teams according to the levels and bosses to face… and all this requires long hours of work. ‘application.