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Patapon (Series) Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Patapon and its sequels take rhythmic button-pressing in a real-time battle direction. You assemble a stylized army and then take your troops to battle by tapping buttons in time with the rhythm. How well you press the buttons in time with the music determines how well you land each of your attacks.

At the start of each battle you input specific sequences using the controller buttons to represent each "talking drum". These sequences order the tribe to move forward on the linear battlefield, attack, defend, and other actions.

If the player inputs an unknown sequence or enters them off the main rhythm, the tribe will become confused and stop whatever they are doing. However, repeatedly entering a proper sequence in sync with the rhythm will lead the tribe into a "Fever" increasing their attack and defensive bonuses.
  • Patapon (2007) on PlayStation Portable and rereleased on PlayStation 4
  • Patapon 2 (2009) on PlayStation Portable and rereleased on PlayStation 4
  • Patapon 3 (2011) on PlayStation Portable

It's a good game to introduce players to light combat because of the cartoon visuals and music-rhythm aspect of play.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 22/02/2008

Platforms: PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio


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Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 24 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Patapon usually costs £6.49 to £11.99.

Patapon 2 Remastered

PS4 £11.99

Patapon 2 Psp

PS Vita £6.49

Patapon 3 Psp

PS Vita £6.49

Patapon Remastered

PS4 £11.99

Patapon Psp

PS Vita £6.49
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7+ with violence.

Rated ESRB EVERYONE with mild cartoon violence.


We haven’t recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Patapon Accessibilty Review details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features

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