PaRappa the Rapper review

Old PSone rhythm-actioner has the tunes, not the staying power

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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.

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GenreOther Games/Compilations
DescriptionBust-on-the-move with the return of everyone's favourite lyrical 2D dog
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)