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Posted: 3 years ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Patapon and its sequels take rhythmic button-pressing in a real-time battle direction. You assemble a stylised 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 re released on PlayStation 4
  • Patapon 2 (2009) on PlayStation Portable and re released 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

Release Date: 22/02/2008

Platforms: PS Vita and PSP

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Rhythm (Action and Strategy)

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)



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Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 24 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7+ with violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE with mild cartoon violence.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The timed attacks and related strategy makes this better for older children.


Patapon usually costs £11.99.

Patapon 2 Remastered

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99

Patapon Remastered

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


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

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