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10 LittleBigPlanet levels you have to play

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After a few initial, post-launch hiccups last week, LittleBigPlanet has taken off rapidly. Hundreds, if not thousands, of PSN users have been uploading a continuous stream of homemade levels to the game’s straining servers, with varying levels of quality and dedication. And because of that, LittleBigPlanet has become like every other service that relies on user-driven content: for every good thing someone creates, there are dozens of half-assed, broken levels made by people who think smoking weed is automatically HILARIOUS.

Of course, that also means there are a lot of diamonds in the rough. If you know how to find them, LBP can offer you some incredible levels made by talented, dedicated people (sometimes a little too dedicated, maybe). And while the huge amount of content out there means we can’t claim that the levels we’re about to showcase are necessarily the “best” (c’mon, that’d be like trying to find the best videos on YouTube), we can guarantee that they’re slick, (mostly) smart, a lot of fun and absolutely worth your time. And we’ve recorded video of each of them, just in case you’re still not sure. Here are our picks:



By geosautus

Some of you are inevitably going to look down your nose at this and any other level that’s inspired by an existing game, but Demon Skull is nonetheless a fun, surprisingly beautiful homage to the God of War series. It begins innocently enough, with verdant backdrops, Sackboy-shaped Kratos statues and chests full of red-painted score bubbles that take a about a second of continuous grabbing to open. But before too long, you’ll be pushing a caged Sackboy up a ramp to “sacrifice” him to a blazing furnace, carefully positioning a motorized cart to haul around a giant, leering head and taking an obligatory trip to Hades, where you’ll shove a bunch of screaming lost souls into a fiery pit.

All of this is complemented by a few gigantic, elaborate deathtraps; our favorite involves a bloodstained wave of stone columns that squash anything that fails to run through them as quickly as possible. Of course, it’s not the complete God of War experience; that would take a pair of chain-blades and constant bloody dismemberment, both of which are – at best – tough to replicate in LBP’s happy platform-hopping world. But if you’ve got some Kratos-themed preorder bonuses that just seem out of place tromping through African savannahs and Dia de los Muertos-themed weddings, this is a pretty kickass level to run them through.

 




By Upsilandre

Many of you might have already seen this excitingly named level on YouTube during LBP’s public beta phase, and those of you who have already know its secret: while a simple calculator that can add and subtract might not seem like much, the real draw here has nothing to do with the equations. No, the reason to dive into LBC is the machinery behind it all, which extends for what seems like hundreds of feet above the main calculator interface and consists of an insanely complicated-looking network of color coded switches encased in a few dozen floating enclosures.

The level even includes a jetpack, enabling you to fly up and see it all for yourself once you’re done playing with numbers, although you won’t really get the full effect until you’ve looked at it in the game’s Create mode. Do that, and you’ll see an enormous network of wires – normally hidden during the Play mode – that make everything more mind-boggling and confusing than you already thought it was.

So while Little Big Calculator is far from being one of the most enjoyable or exciting LBP levels, it’s definitely one of the most technically impressive – as well as one of the few that indicates a level of dedication that may border on insanity.




By gevurah22

Given the relative simplicity of most user-created levels in LBP, The Azure Palace is huge, complex and ambitious. Not content with creating another land-based level, user gevurah22 ingeniously sprinkled the level with strategically placed jetpacks, which help create an illusion of swimming through an underwater ruin. The aquatic theme is helped along by the level’s puzzles, which include locating statues to weigh down switches and protecting a special key that – when used correctly – can open multiple doors and make you nigh-invincible.

The real highlights of Azure Palace start to come around the level’s midpoint, when you’re chased by a giant sea monster that starts spewing electrified bolts in your direction. Escape it, and you’ll have to carry your precious key through a series of increasingly tough deathtraps that can destroy you – and it – in an instant. Lose the key, and you’ll miss out on the level’s final reward, thereby giving you a reason to go back and try again. And while we’d normally be pissed about that, The Azure Palace is pretty and interesting enough that we didn’t mind exploring it a second time. Or a few more times after that.

Yeah, hanging onto that effing key is kind of tough.




By nakamu-

This is a fairly short race level, but we strongly recommend playing it for the following reasons: 1) it’s awesome, 2) its wooden, rocket-powered airplanes are a blast to fly (and almost possible to control, with practice) and 3) you get said airplanes as a gift to use in your own levels if you complete the stage.

Also, once you’ve reached the finish line, you’re only half-done; now it’s time for you and your friends/opponents to pile into a weird, open elevator and blast through the air along a twisting glass track on a bizarre roller-coaster ride to the level-end goal. There’s not a lot to this level, granted, but what’s here is ingenious - and a lot of fun.

(Oh, and don’t bother doing a search for “hikouki” – it’s in Kanji.)




By geosautus

While the multi-part riddle in geosautus’ creepy haunted mansion is kind of a headache to keep track of, it’s a clever throwaway addition to one of the more moody, atmospheric levels we’ve seen so far. Of course, this being LBP, there’s still something inescapably cute about the whole thing. (And that isn’t helped by the glowing tombstones near the level’s end, either, which all carry silly, rhyming epitaphs.)

It could also use a few more actual monsters to jump out and menace players, but the Mad Mansion’s spooky touches – like the shadowy coach that ferries players to the front door, or the elevator that suddenly breaks and plummets into the basement – make this one of the few LBP levels to approach genuine creepiness.

 

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41 comments

  • Block0407 - March 6, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    a long way suppose to have here
  • autumnlawrence - March 1, 2010 7:13 a.m.

    This game is soooo fun but there is a level thats the Asian level that it is impossible to get pass once you grab the pull stick thing the bad guy throws fire @ you its totally bull crap but if anyone knows how to get pass that level please contact me
  • austinbickle - January 20, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    play my level ninja warrior (UPDATED) By:mi5ch13f_Xx
  • fr33d0m_f0rc3 - November 18, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    may not kill ppl but you can kill yourself if ya wanted to ..lol ... its a awesome game ... you can even make you own levels ... what more could you ask for ? its a must buy
  • Signofthezodiac - November 15, 2008 12:43 a.m.

    To Zanarkand is beautiful <3 little big planet is awesome
  • theviper678 - November 13, 2008 1:35 p.m.

    hey u guys ive figured out a simply amazing level for lbp!!!!! i am going to publish it on.......?? errr..... the 23rd ov november!!!!! its a must play and its called "dont move or die" !!!!! also if u can plz heart it wen it comes out.............. ill give u all 1 hint on da level!...... u sit back and relax while watching ur sackyboy missing death by simple inches!!!!
  • Smeggs - November 9, 2008 4:44 a.m.

    On one site I visit a lot there is a person who made an awesome LBP level where you hop on a car an the car goes automatically and hits note button things on the wall that plays out the song "Sweet Child O' Mine" it was so incredible.
  • kakkou - November 7, 2008 8:29 p.m.

    omg! Why isn't there "ICO (Finished version)"?
  • pdiddy0819 - November 6, 2008 8:30 p.m.

    this game is awesome...and i was be able to get if for free just for filling out some surveys at-http://www.rewards1.com/index.php?referrer_id=448414
  • Basketcase676 - November 5, 2008 11:39 p.m.

    little big colossus for the win ! :D
  • LionheartAce - November 5, 2008 9:24 p.m.

    Wow, Libidius is impressive as hell.
  • skyguy343 - November 5, 2008 8:26 p.m.

    can u go all "Jake Brown"? cuz thatd be sweet (or not)
  • rousso5300 - November 5, 2008 7:28 p.m.

    You all should try a level called x games. It is a cool re-creation of the X-Games and is loads of fun.
  • DarthSackboy - November 5, 2008 3:52 p.m.

    This is a brilliant game. Must. Buy. Now.
  • maxx1 - November 5, 2008 11:13 a.m.

    I dont have Big Planet :( or a PS3 xD But this game looks soooo fun I'd play it if I could :D
  • gorillazbmx6 - November 5, 2008 2:04 a.m.

    First. This game looks so addictive and fun i want it now, its a choice between this or mirrors edge
  • Xplosive59 - November 24, 2008 5:22 p.m.

    im busy making a museum of video games history on it using my own 16 bit creations and other peoples aswell (such as that air man you saw in the video)also with facts and a quiz on video games knowledge at the end check it out if you want ......... heart plz
  • theviper678 - November 13, 2008 1:41 p.m.

    oh and also............ MobstahLobstah................. weather ur frends say its gay or not dey r obviosly gay themselves anyway..... u can still punch eatchother and throw eacother to there doom!!! only on multiplayer though
  • MobstahLobstah - November 11, 2008 11:38 p.m.

    Well, shoot! This game looks awesome, but all my friends are saying it's gay, just because it doesn't have to do with killing people. Now THAT'S gay.
  • Shadow_Knux - November 8, 2008 4:16 p.m.

    @Tikicobra Wait, when was the Demon Skull level removed? That was a kick-ass level!

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