I uploaded a few screenshots from LocoRoco 2 to Flickr tonight. I’ve been just as engaged with the sequel as I was with the original LocoRoco (although the interactive screensaver for the PS3 was a bit of a disappointment). The first game was somewhat frustrating in its challenges – having to repeat an entire level because you missed nabbing a flower on your one chance to do so is never fun.
LocoRoco 2 is much more evenly paced, and the new world map structure makes the levels seem more varied. The soundtrack is just as catchy as the last time, and the visuals are still endearing. There’s also more reason to go back to levels you’ve already beaten to unlock new minigames, items for your Mui Mui house (above image), and new stamps to create your own PSP wallpapers.
I can’t really say enough good things about the game. For $20, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value on the PSP. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find any value on the PSP right now. Hopefully the recently accounced handheld versions of Rock Band, Assassin’s Creed, LittleBigPlanet, and MotorStorm will make 2009 a better year for the system.