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PaRappa the Rapper (PlayStation)

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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 Mooselini is up next.
PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation Cheep Cheep is getting frustrated with your rapping.
PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation Title screen
PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation Whatever that means...

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! Satoshi Kunsai (1817) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
(Jamaican Accent) "So, you wanna learn to rap, man?" Indra was here (19239) unrated
A fun, charming game, but too short! colm52 (122) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Electric Playground Nov 19, 1997 10 out of 10 100
GamePro (US) Nov, 1997 5 out of 5 100
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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Trivia

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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Grant McLellan (545) added PaRappa the Rapper (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Ben K (22979)