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PaRappa the Rapper

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
90
3.7
PSP
64
4.1
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Description

The rapping pup, PaRappa, dreams of impressing his friend, the beautiful Sunny Funny, and going out on a date with her. But what he lacks is confidence - help PaRappa rap his way through learning Kung Fu, a driving test, cooking and more, all in order to get the girl. And remember - You Gotta Believe!

PaRappa the Rapper is a game based on lyrics, music and rhythm. The game itself is very basic - each stage has a 'teacher', that PaRappa must follow. You'll see the teacher say some lyrics, and then PaRappa must copy the teacher by pressing the appropriate buttons to repeat those lyrics back. Rap well, and you'll be able to continue; fudge up the lyrics, and the music will start to distort and the teacher will become displeased. Continue to mess up and you'll fail the stage.

Of course, the goal is not to copy the teacher, but instead to outperform them - you can do this by improvising in the song's gaps. Listen to how the song goes, and improvise in time to the music; if you perform well enough, the teacher will step aside, leaving you to freestyle on your own!

The PSP version of the game is a remake of the PlayStation original. However, it includes a few upgrades, such as a 16:9 display, sharper graphics, game sharing, multiplayer support of up to four players, and the addition of song remixes, which can be downloaded via the internet onto your Memory Stick Duo.

Screenshots

PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation Rapping against everyone to use a gas station restroom.
PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation Your antagonist, Joe Chin, has designs on Sunny.
PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation PaRappa ogles the flower of his dreams, Sunny Funny.
PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation Except you Imus.

Alternate Titles

  • "PtR" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "パラッパラッパー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Hilarious, quirky, unique, and irresistible! Ya gotta believe! PlayStation Satoshi Kunsai (1811)
(Jamaican Accent) "So, you wanna learn to rap, man?" PlayStation Indra is here (19781)
A fun, charming game, but too short! PlayStation colm52 (122)

The Press Says

Electric Playground PlayStation Nov 19, 1997 10 out of 10 100
Game Critics PlayStation Feb 11, 1998 9 out of 10 90
Playstation Illustrated PSP Jul 27, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Oct, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games PSP Aug 08, 2007 70 out of 100 70
GameZone PSP Jul 23, 2007 6.9 out of 10 69
IGN PSP Jul 17, 2007 6.8 out of 10 68
TotalPlayStation PSP Jul 16, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Digital Chumps PSP Mar 18, 2008 5.8 out of 10 58
Cheat Code Central PSP Jul 25, 2007 2.2 out of 5 44

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PS1 version of PaRappa the Rapper appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Japanese TV Ads

In the Japanese PlayStation TV ads, PaRappa shared a house with Crash Bandicoot with hilarious consequences.

Awards

The game received the Best New Concept in Game Design Award in PSExtreme Magazine's 1997 Extreme Awards (Vol. 3, Iss. 3).

Information also contributed by Big John WV.

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