When LocoRoco first released on the PlayStation Portable in 2006, it both stole the hearts of gamers around the world, and truly established the ‘weird’ side that has always been a part of Sony’s gaming catalogue. Bright colours, catchy rhythms and gameplay that wasn’t the norm at the time, LocoRoco was a change to the titles that had released on the handheld. But despite a sequel and a few spin-offs, the game languished in the past until now; looking sharper than ever, LocoRoco returns with LocoRoco Remastered.
For those of you who didn’t get caught up in the game the first time around, the premise is relatively simple – as the player, you move the world with the L1 and R1 buttons, and the little blob LocoRocos move in the direction the world has tilted in. Pressing both buttons and then releasing them causes the world to bump the LocoRoco, allowing it to jump obstacles and gaps. Pressing the Circle button splits your current LocoRoco into smaller versions of itself depending on how many berries you have eaten – a total of 19 berries can be found throughout each level. Holding Circle reforms the LocoRoco from individuals into one large blob again.