DescriptionThe 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.
- "PtR" -- Informal abbreviation
- "パラッパラッパー" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- Animals: Dogs / Wolves
- Game Center CX challenge games
- Gameplay feature: "Simon says"
- Games made into TV series
- Parappa the Rappa series
- PlayStation the Best series
|Hilarious, quirky, unique, and irresistible! Ya gotta believe!||Satoshi Kunsai (1816)|
|(Jamaican Accent) "So, you wanna learn to rap, man?"||Indra is here (19682)||unrated|
|A fun, charming game, but too short!||colm52 (122)|
The Press Says
|GamePro (US)||Nov, 1997||5 out of 5||100|
|Electric Playground||Nov 19, 1997||10 out of 10||100|
|Joystick (French)||Sep, 1997||95 out of 100||95|
|Gamezilla||1997||92 out of 100||92|
|Game Critics||Feb 11, 1998||9 out of 10||90|
|IGN||Nov 18, 1997||9 out of 10||90|
|GameSpot||Feb 18, 1998||8.5 out of 10||85|
|The Video Game Critic||Jul 15, 1999||B+||83|
|Absolute Playstation||Oct, 1997||8 out of 10||80|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||Oct 07, 2005||7 out of 10||70|
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1001 Video GamesThe 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 AdsIn the Japanese PlayStation TV ads, PaRappa shared a house with Crash Bandicoot with hilarious consequences.
AwardsThe 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.
Related Web Sites
- PaRappa the Rapper (Official website)
- Totally PaRappa the Rapper (Includes description, cheats, and guides for both the first and the second game.)
- Wikipedia: PaRappa the Rapper (Information about PaRappa the Rapper at Wikipedia)