10 LittleBigPlanet levels you have to play

By gevurah22

Four online players? Levels that you warp to from an orbital hub station? It was only a matter of time before someone saw the obvious similarities between LittleBigPlanet and Phantasy Star Online, and created a level accordingly. Gevurah22’s homage to PSO nicely captures the look of Sega’s proto-MMO, right down to the bright colors and terrified, parakeet-looking Rag Rappies that flee at the sight of you.

But what sets the level apart is a relatively complicated switch puzzle, some towering (but not invincible) recreations of PSO’s Booma and Hildebear monsters and a gigantic frigging dragon that vomits storms of flaming boulders and can only be defeated by running underneath it, grabbing hold of its waggling tail and climbing onto its back. Did we mention this level is kind of tough? You’ve been warned.

By Danielsan88

While this Shadow of the Colossus-themed level – another favorite from LBP’s beta period – doesn’t directly replicate any specific Colossus or area from that game, it nonetheless does an excellent job of capturing the look and mood of the PS2 classic. The bleak, washed-out lighting is perfect, the environment features the right mix of weathered-looking stone and lush vegetation and the Colossus itself is pretty, largely unthreatening and will leave you wondering if you did the right thing after you killed it. A little.

OK, that’s a blatant exaggeration; the Colossus here doesn’t have anywhere near the personality of its PS2 cousins. Still, if you want to play through a 2D recreation of one of the PS2’s greatest games, and you want to play through it on a rocket-powered horse (during certain segments), you owe it to yourself to check this out at least once.

By Kirathian

While there are a ton of musical levels in LittleBigPlanet – by which we mean levels that only exist to play a piece of music, by pushing players to trigger a series of pre-set sound effects in sequence – Kirathian’s adaptation of this Final Fantasy X theme is the most beautiful one we’ve found so far. It’s also the most widely copied, as its creator gave permission for anyone to use the piece for any reason, in any level.

Since the release of To Zanarkand 1.0, plenty of other imitators and “improvements” have cropped up, some of which – like To Zanarkand in Colour – are actually quite pretty and require almost zero effort on the part of players.

Finding To Zanarkand led us in the direction of a few other videogame themes that made the leap to LBP – while we don’t count the next two as part of our overall list, you might want to take a look regardless:

Metal Gear Solid Theme Song
By markfoley94

Musically, markfoley94’s rendition of the Metal Gear Solid 2 theme isn’t anything too impressive. It’s off-rhythm, short and sounds like a beginning piano student hesitantly hunting for the notes and banging them out one at a time. But what impresses us about this is the way in which those notes are hit. While most musical levels simply use proximity switches to trigger sound effects, MGS Theme goes an extra step, triggering a bunch of emitters that drop balls onto a sequence of pressure switches. The fact that it all works with that extra layer of complexity is impressive enough that we’re willing to overlook any of its other shortcomings.

Little Big Music - Air Man Stage [JPN]
By bibineko

This isn’t quite as pretty as To Zanarkand, but it’s faster and catchier, and its mechanized trigger-gondola means that listening to Mega Man 2’s Air Man theme will take even less effort than simply downloading the song or booting up the original game. Also, there’s a giant, pixel-art sculpture of Air Man at the end of the stage, and that alone makes this level worth the minute or two it takes to “play” through it.

By abstractsimian

How do you re-create the fully explorable, mostly vertical maze from one of the most iconic games of all time in a platform-hopping side-scroller? You give players a jetpack and turn all of the deadly ghosts into simple automatons with a limited range of movement, that’s how. It’s far from a perfect clone, but abstractsimian’s take on Pac-Man is an excellent example of doing a lot with limited resources.

GP Pacman Maze is definitely missing something – namely the ability to eat a big power pellet and chomp some ghosts – but speeding through and collecting every last score bubble (a requirement for finishing the stage) is weirdly satisfying. And because you can’t kill the ghosts – which are now confined to patrolling single platforms, instead of just roaming the maze – the strategy and timing needed for victory are completely different from what you might have already played thousands of times before.

What the hell, it’s a pretty clever amateur remake of Pac-Man. Go play it already.

By RRR30000

Japanese PSN user RRR30000 has created some really impressive levels, including, a ridiculously slick variation on Tetris. But none of them have amazed us quite like, a near-perfect recreation of the first level of 8-bit space shooter Gradius. As LBP level builders ourselves, we’re insanely curious to know just how RRR30000 created this marvel, which hides your Sackboy completely behind a starry background layer while still keeping him connected to a flat, floating Vic Viper.

The movement, powered by a behind-the-scenes jetpack, is a little sluggish, but otherwise the controls work flawlessly, with an R1 tap instantly triggering the Viper’s main cannons. It’s tough, too – one hit will kill you, and you’ve only got one life to make it through the armada of twirling enemy ships, stationary cannons and floating bosses. Amazing from start to finish, Libidius is an absolute must-play if you’re looking for something completely unlike anything else on LBP… until someone else figures out how to make it, that is.

Nov 4, 2008


  • 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 ... 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-
  • 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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