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Parappa the Rapper

by Sony
PlayStation
Everyone
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews) 92 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00002STOT
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,647 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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This entirely unique and thoroughly entertaining game, co-developed in Japan and the U.S., features a hip-hop puppy animated in a whimsical, paper-thin style. PaRappa hopes to win the heart of Sunny, the object of his affection, by holding his own with an increasingly adept group of rap masters.

Players control PaRappa by rhythmically pressing the controller's buttons to repeat bits of rap songs in the proper order. The tunes and lyrics are catchy and clever, and the gameplay is completely original. Suitable for children and appealing to adults, this is a must-have disc for PlayStation owners who want to smile. Woven into the storyline are positive messages about self-confidence and respect. Highly skilled players can try their hand at free-form rapping to gain extra points. While this game has inspired sequels and copycats, it still holds up against the test of time. --Jeff Young

Pros:

  • Lighthearted, zany graphics
  • Clever songs and positive messages for children
Cons:
  • Can be frustrating for those without rhythm

Review

Once in a while, a company takes a risk and designs something unlike anything seen before. In video gaming's early days, it happened with almost every other game released. By the 8-bit era, originality was something to look for but not expect with any great regularity. Today, unless you deem 3D versions of old games to be "new," it's been some time since an original idea appeared. But even with a monthly average of 30 games being released, it's a testament to unique design that PaRappa the Rapper, an underpromoted release by Sony of Japan, became a top seller in the Japanese market.

PaRappa the Rapper is an interactive cartoon about a shy puppy named (oddly enough) PaRappa, who has a crush on the beautiful Sunny but doesn't know if he has the courage or power to impress her. Armed with the motto "I gotta believe!" and prodigious rapping skills, PaRappa sets about to get the girl in a world of animated characters, 3D backgrounds, and English-language voices. And despite the fact that no one gets decapitated, the game's still fun.

The premise unfolds bizarrely: Level one begins with an onion-headed karate master rapping in a dojo; you respond to the teacher's simple rap by quickly pressing controller buttons to match the onscreen cues and rhythm of the song. To complete the stage, you'll watch for the cued phrases and repeat them with the indicated buttons. In between raps, the teacher "drops knowledge," giving you a quick breather before moving on to more complicated patterns and harder stages.

Each of the game's four teachers specializes in a distinctive rap style, so you'll learn to kick it in reggae, house, pop, and "old school" during the game. (No, there's no "gangsta rap" level, so parents needn't fear little Johnny running up on the one-time with a sawed-off shotgun, killing 40s, or sparking blunts.) The levels that follow have you rap with a female moose driving instructor in a car, learn about the flea market from a Rastafarian frog, and bake a cake with a nasty-voiced chicken. After eating the cake and driving Sunny home, PaRappa goes up against his teachers in a race to see which rap master can use a one-seater gas station bathroom. Post-relief, it's time to drop "phat" rhymes for an audience and flex a little lyrical muscle.

Once you've completed each stage with stringent button-tapping, you can go back and show off. If you really strut your stuff, your teacher goes completely ape and destroys or abandons the screen while you freestyle. If you do that, you earn a crown for completing the stage.

While the gameplay is original, it's not going to win awards from fans of intense fighting and first-person racing games. The graphics and audio, however, just might: All of PaRappa's characters are comically animated paper dolls moving against colorful 3D backdrops, a simplistic and charming visual design that never would have worked but for the game's theme and some brilliant camera motion. While you're playing, you can barely focus on the graphics while watching the top of the screen for appropriate joypad commands, and when watching other people play, you're entirely drawn to the continuous background movement. The music is clear, catchy, and funny, and the voice samples memorable. Prerendered cutscenes provide continuity for the storyline between levels, and the opening is one of the weirdest in recent memory. Also of note, the rapping is surprisingly credible - there isn't a wack MC in the bunch (although even skilled PaRappers will find their delivery occasionally stuttered).

PaRappa is undeniably cute and hip - the ideal PlayStation mascot in that he's so universally acceptable and nonthreatening. Many have purchased PlayStations solely on the basis of seeing PaRappa, justifying their purchases as toys their families could enjoy. For the record, chicks dig PaRappa too, so if having a cute game means you can convince your otherwise game-loathing girlfriend to pick up a controller, "it's all good." --Jer Horwitz
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parappatastic October 14, 2000
This game is pretty simple to figure out, and for a person that does not get in to games that feature explosions, shooting, and other usually violent action, I thought it was great fun. The characters are cute, the words are catchy, and I found myself hooked on this game! It is good fun for any age. I am 31, and my neice, 13, likes it as much as I do.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest music game ever? March 15, 2001
By A Customer
Wow, there aren't enough words to express how fun this game is. Interesting graphics, funky rhythms, catchy tunes (from rap, hip hop, to even reggae), a hip hop lovers dream. its a cool game thats worth a purchase, but don't go for the sequel cause its too weird and not too fun.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Gotta Believe! November 29, 1999
By A Customer
This game is SO MUCH FUN. You rap your way through an adventure/ love story. You are a cute/ hip dog, trying to win the love of Daisy. You learn to drive, bake a cake, karate, and sell merchandise by rapping. You even have to rap well to use the bathroom. Creativity is rewarded. I have yet to meet someone who has not LOVED this game!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In The Rain Or In The Snow/ I Got The Funky Flow... December 25, 1999
By A Customer
Yes, "Parappa The Rapper" is geared towards the child, but anybody will have a ball playing with it. Parappa might not be the hippest hopper on Earth, but the irrepressible catchiness of the flows and the undaunting challenge to sound sweet... scratches any negativity. He raps his way thru, while learning karate with an onion-head Mr. Miagi, how to drive with a moose in law enforcement, how to succesfully sell junk with a reggae lizard, having to rap as a privelege to cut to front of a bathroom line, how to bake with a snippy hen, & how to just plum rock a crowd on stage in freestyle mode. Downsets include short stages and the fact that not everybody has the "funky flow" and will have a hard time progressing/impressing to go to the freestyling phase of each stage. I'm not saying that's me, but when it comes to rap, some people are just... gosh-awful! But that's the fun in it, the more you bounce back from receiving an "awful," the better your approach to the rap will be (hopefully). And who doesn't love the 2D cookie cut-out characters and graphics? All 'n all, a game for the child, and the adolescent who's not the ashamed to play this game. I know "Parappa 2" might have been released in Japan a while back, but I wish Sony will unleash it to America. I wonder if "Umjammer Lammy" is any good...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best music game February 13, 2000
By A Customer
Parappa is different from almost every other game ever made (besides Unjammer Lammy). You hit different buttons to make Parappa say words, and try to be quick enough to keep the rap flowing and keep up with whoever is rapping with Parappa(like a chef chicken, an onion that knows martial arts or a frog who sells stuff). If you rap better than the character you're with you get to rap on your own for a while and make some horrible song. The game starts out easy but quickly gets difficult and many poeple quit after they get to the thrid level. Unfortunately, there are only 6 levels and once you beat them there's not much you can do with the game. Still,the comedy and original idea make it worth 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parappa is the new God February 17, 2001
This here is some dope rhyme yo. Parappa brings a new level of entertainment to the Playstation. With such masterful rhyme weaving skillz, and insanely wonderful characters like Master Chi the Onion, how could you not dig this? This game is totally phat and I hope that you all invest in it, because it will change your life like no other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great game but too short! August 6, 2010
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is amazing. It's like the beginning of rhythm games. The interesting characters and the short and cute story keeps this game entertaining and never trite even the second time through.
Parappa, the main character, has a crush on a girl named Daisy. He really wants to impress her so he tries everything that he can to catch her attention. His friends Katy Kat and P.J. Berry try to help him out as well. However, there is another boy named Joe Chinn who has a crush on her as well but is more'superman' than he is. So the game's plot is just that. But the way to get there is really the fun part!

Some things to applaud:
- the raps are super cacthy
- interesting characters
- creative gameplay
- interesting artstyle (everything in the game is 2d)

Some things that couldv'e been fixed/tweaked:
- length of game (too short!)
- timing (the notes don't exactly match the button sequences, which make inputting longer beats/combinations a bit more difficult and at times a bit frustrating
- Doesn't offer more than the short game itself (i.e. no extras for beating the game)

All in all, Parappa the rapper is truly an innovative game and, though it is considered out dated by today's PS3 and 360 games, incorporates many different elements that one would not normally think to put together solidly. Despite the games rarity today if you ever get a chance to play it or own it you should!

8.3 / 10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! December 12, 1999
By A Customer
I've never laughed so much playing a video game -- a totally unique and entertaining game! You must try it to believe, not your average game.
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1.0 out of 5 stars horrible purchase for $40
came unplayable untill i was able to have someone resurface it twice! They promised me they resurface everything. they lied. mine came screwed up badly. horrible purchase for $40.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic
so much fun, so many memories, such a lost classic. It should be re-released on psn or get a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
This great little video game was a gift for a twelve year old's birthday. She loved it! I'll rely on her assessment and just say, "It's great!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST GAME EVER!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Memories
This game was a blast to play back in the day. This game is kind of like Guitar Hero. I just love it. PaRappaTheRapper is definitely in my top 20 of ps1 games
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