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Gaming Age (Nov 10, 2009)
If you've felt that the series has started to get a little stale, on the other hand, then I think Midnight Carnival will be the game for you. The game is full of great level designs with a difficulty to match, and the challenge makes it a far more addictive experience than the previous two titles for me. I can't find much to complain about with this release, honestly, and I look forward to the next game in the series whenever it shows up. If the developers continue to take the game in this direction I'll be a pretty happy guy, this is definitely my favorite in the series up to this point, and one that I hope everyone takes the time to check out.
TheSixthAxis (Oct 28, 2009)
LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is a fantastic addition to the ever increasing PSP library. It’s smart, well balanced, packed with content and a penny under twelve quid is actually pretty good value. Fans should consider this a no-brainer, newcomers might need a little longer to adjust to the controls but the two button mechanic is stronger and more refined than ever. I’m in love with the series, and thus probably as biased towards this game as a person can objectively be, but this is surely a wicked little game in anyone’s eyes.
Despite being a relatively short, holiday-themed downloadable title that costs only a few bucks less than a full-blown LocoRoco release, Midnight Carnival is still a lot of fun and offers enough minor tweaks to make the game just different enough. The difficulty is steep enough to challenge even the best players, and the more platforming-oriented layout of these 16 new levels changes things up a bit. You'll clock quite a few hours trying to master these tricky courses, possibly cursing out the BuiBui's ingeniously sneaky, constructive creativity in the process.
TotalPlayStation (Nov 22, 2009)
Still, one shouldn’t look down at what is available in the game, as there is enough content to keep you playing for quite a while. The levels can be completed quickly and the minigames are a great way to get back at the LocoRoco’s for not jumping the way you wanted them to. Had there been more levels, less of a learning curve, and perhaps an actual story, LocoRoco Midnight Carnival would be a top recommendation. It is a good entry in the series and (with all of the loading and saving speeds in mind) a welcome addition to the PSP’s library.
80 (Nov 24, 2009)
Sony ripropone con successo la ricetta del buon umore. Bello da vedere e divertente da giocare, Midnight Carnival è una più che degna evoluzione del brand, che non stravolge, ma anzi perfeziona la già collaudata ed apprezzata formula di gioco, aumentando il livello di sfida e il senso di controllo sugli allegri personaggi. Stile e sonoro come al solito al top della categoria, un numero di livelli non elevatissimo, ma giustificato dalla buona qualità generale. Con un rapporto qualità/prezzo eccellente questo nuovo LocoRoco risulterà ampiamente soddisfacente per tutti gli appassionati del genere e, soprattutto, della serie. In questi pomeriggi uggiosi Midnight Carnival è una salvezza ridente e spensierata. Compratelo, giocatelo, amatelo. E poi rotolate qui a dirci quanto vi è piaciuto.
GamePro (US) (Oct 29, 2009)
LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is more than worth the sub-$20 price tag. Fans new and old will enjoy the hours of gameplay provided. But be warned: although the controls are simple and the levels short, this is by no means an easy game.
80 (Oct 28, 2009)
LocoRoco has always looked and sounded stunning and Midnight Carnival is no exception. The songs each of the seven LocoRoco sing are all charming, with varying degrees of cuteness; the levels and characters within each of them are beautiful ,and the use of colour throughout is incredible. A game with visuals this simple really doesn't have any right to look this good. It might be a trickier experience than fans are used to, but it's still a joy to play. It's not as good as the previous two games, but at a budget price it's still a game few PSP owners will be disappointed by.
Teletext (2009)
Since there are so few levels it's also not long till the difficultly level ramps up to a level that many new players are likely to find intolerable. The game might be short but it does have a small collection of extra mini-games and the chance to accessorise the various LocoRoco with new outfits. There's also a four-player offline mode and although this is hardly the sort of game that's naturally-suited to multiplayer action it's a nice touch. It does feel worryingly like a goodbye gift to fans than a bold new chapter for the series but it works either way.
80 (Oct 27, 2009)
Met LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival is de serie een tikkeltje volwassener geworden. De moeilijkheidsgraad is flink opgeschroefd en het spel biedt veel meer uitdaging. De nieuwe Boing!-move is tevens een uiterst handige toevoeging om de meer open levels door te komen. De game kent verder weinig vernieuwing ten opzichte van zijn voorgangers, maar is als uitbreiding elke cent meer dan waard voor iedereen die zijn plezier haalt uit platformspellen.
Modojo (Nov 08, 2009)
The price clocks in at $15, just a little bit under what LocoRoco 2 currently sells for. Still, it's totally worth it. While Midnight Carnival ends too soon, it's a smile-inducing side trip that's worth downloading on your PSP or PSP Go.
GameFocus (Nov 12, 2009)
By no means is Midnight Carnival a bad game. The problems with it lie in the fact that it is just too difficult to be enjoyed by a wide audience. The new challenge, interesting multiplayer and the incentives brought with a world-wide leader-board are perfect additions for long time fans. The extremely difficult challenge and frustration most people will have with nearly every level will only give newcomers the wrong impression on what this series is actually about. If you are fan of the series, you will pick this up without hesitation; for everyone else, I strongly suggest playing through the demo before spending the small price for the game.
IGN (Nov 20, 2009)
While the title feels a bit disconnected from the franchise, the in-game store packs tons of meaningless items and multiplayer isn’t particularly engaging, LocoRoco is still a good game to play, assuming that you’re willing to put up with its frustrating difficulty curve. If you’re looking to put your blob bouncing skills to the test, Midnight Carnival will provide you with more than enough challenge to keep you busy for a while.
PSFocus (Nov 01, 2009)
Zoals je hebt kunnen lezen, bestaat dit deel van LocoRoco uit een aantal vernieuwingen ten opzichte van de vorige delen. We zien het dus ook als een uitbreiding, in plaats van een volledig nieuw deel, maar gezien de aanpassingen en het wat meer volwassen thema zien we het wel als een game die ons zeker aanspreekt. Hebben de vorige delen je weten te vermaken, dan zit je veilig met het aankopen van dit deel. Heb je nog nooit een LocoRoco game aangeraakt, dan zal je prima kunnen beginnen met het spelen van dit deel. Het is niet nodig om eerst de voorgaande delen te spelen. Kortom: een prima PSP game.
Pocket Gamer UK (Oct 30, 2009)
While maintaining the sugary sweet style of its inventive forerunners, LocoRoco Midnight Carnival braves new gameplay that has sticky points preventing it from being as grand.
68 (Dec 03, 2009)
LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival è un prodotto che non riesce, nemmeno a distanza di diverse ore di gioco, a convincere pienamente a fronte delle novità apportate dai programmatori alla formula di gioco originale. Certamente la serie aveva bisogno di una rinfrescata dopo le prime due uscite, ma spostandone gli equilibri in favore di una meccanica platform si è obbligato il sistema di controllo ad uno sforzo di adattamento che non è stato in grado di eseguire in maniera soddisfacente. Il risultato è un prodotto lontano dalla spensierata accessibilità che ha caratterizzato il franchise, e trasformatosi al contrario in un frustrante esperimento che riuscirà a convincere ben pochi dei fan delle graziosissime creature rotolanti.
GameSpot AU (Nov 23, 2009)
While ultimately the new boing gameplay, local multiplayer, and competitive online leaderboards will appeal to those with a penchant for speed runs and full clears, at $14.99 (A$23.95) LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival isn't as feature-rich as its more robust series counterparts, LocoRoco and LocoRoco 2. If exploring zones or crafting and executing the perfect run is up your alley, then the handful of levels here will suit you to a tee. However, if you come expecting the same gentle, cathartic blob rolling that popularised the series, you may find yourself frustrated by Midnight Carnival's more complex gameplay.
Level 7 (Nov 06, 2009)
Loco Roco: Midnight Carneval gör mycket rätt. Tilltalande presentation, charmig musik och ljudeffekter, mysig bandesign och gott om innehåll. Tyvärr har utvecklarna valt att inrikta spelet mer mot utmanande plattformselement vilket kontrollmetoden långt ifrån är tillräcklig för att stötta. Charmen finns där men tyvärr frustrerar Midnight Carneval mer än det underhåller, något som lär avskräcka mindre erfarna spelare. Satsa på något av de första två spelen i serien istället.
60 (Oct 28, 2009)
Trots nyheterna kan jag inte låta bli att känna att det mest är samma sak som gäller i LocoRoco Midnight Carnival. Det är helt klart ett bra och underhållande spel, men om man som mig börjat tröttna något på den sockersöta presentationen kanske man gör det bättre i att lägga pengarna på spelets soundtrack istället. Till dem som inte kan få nog av LocoRoco är det dock ett givet köp, för oss andra behövs det fortfarande mer nyheter för att åter fånga intresset.
GameTrailers (Oct 30, 2009)
LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival will alienate all but the most devout LocoRoco fanatics. Precision platforming and gimped controls just don't go well together. If you've got the patience for relentless trial and error, then have at it. Otherwise, stick to LocoRoco 2--you'll retain your sanity and your PSP will remain in working order.
Game Revolution (Nov 03, 2009)
If you love LocoRoco but for some reason wished it were much, much harder, then you’ll adore this game. However, if you like that kind of pain, then you'd probably also enjoy having your PSP jammed up your nose. If you prefer your old memories of lazily and peacefully rolling around a level, enjoying listening to the LocoRoco sing for the MuiMui and everyone enjoying a relaxed and groovy kind of life, like me, then stay away. This game will most definitely harsh your mellow.
1UP (Nov 13, 2009)
I wouldn't call Midnight Carnival broken; it plays the same as its predecessors and it looks and sounds as good as ever. However at almost $16 on the PlayStation Store it's hard to justify this pack of frustrating challenge levels when you can get a far superior and more balanced game in LocoRoco 2 for just $20. This masochistic traipse through nightmarish levels will probably appeal to some hardcore gamers, but if you've enjoyed LocoRoco in the past, you'll want to hold on to your good memories and just wait for the next chapter.