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Posted: 3 years ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


PaRappa the Rapper is a bizarre rhythm game where you play a paper-thin rapping dog trying to win the heart of a flower-faced girl. You do this by pressing buttons to rap in time with the music to impress her. It creates a silly yet endearing game about rhythm, true love and cooking.
  • PaRappa the Rapper (1996) available on PlayStation and later re released on PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 4.
  • Um Jammer Lammy (1999) available only on original PlayStation was a spin-off with different characters, multiplayer modes and focused more on guitar rhythm but still had similar play-style to the original.
  • PaRappa the Rapper 2 (2001) on PlayStation 2 and later re released on PlayStation 4, extended the story and gameplay difficulty that adjusted to the ability of the player. It also added a two-player Vs. Mode, in which players are given a line to rap to, which they must improve upon by free-styling better than their opponent.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/10/1997

Platforms: PS4 and PSP

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Narrative, Rhythm and Sequencing

Developer: Nana On Sha (@NanaOn_Sha)



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Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play 2 players on Vs. mode in PaRappa the Rapper 2.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 for scenes of very mild comical violence. The game opens with Parappa having a nightmare about a giant one-eyed alien.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Provided you have a good sense of timing, or are willing to try and fail and steadily learn, even younger players can really enjoy this.


PaRappa the Rapper usually costs £7.99 to £11.99. 

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99

Parappa The Rapper 2

PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99

Parappa The Rapper Remastered Demo

PlayStation Store PS4 Free
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our PaRappa the Rapper Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@NanaOn_Sha) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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