The music’s fantastic. Chop Chop Master Onion’s infamous rap (“Kick! Punch! It’s all in the mind!”) is a blast, as is Prince Fleaswallow’s slow-burning reggae number, where PaRappa uses hip-hop to sell junk at a flea market. If your rapping stinks and your timing goes off the music slows down and your instructor starts to lose faith in you, but earn a “cool” ranking and they’ll often jet, leaving you to rap on your own. So in that respect it’s more than just a Dance Dance Revolution-style button-masher, as the levels can change depending on your performance.
But it’s too short. Why didn’t they throw in PaRappa the Rapper 2? Or even guitar-based spin-off Um Jammer Lammy? Probably because they want to release them all on their own and make more money. This means, though, that you’ll spit your way through the six songs on offer in less than an hour, and, although there’s incentive to beat your high score, it’s disastrously limited.