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LittleBigPlanet - PS Vita



Wildly creative game lets kids stretch their imagination.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about game design and let loose their creativity in this wonderful platform adventure. Kids begin by learning a complex set of rules for game building. They'll use this knowledge in a freeform game-making module where they apply logic in the creation of virtual worlds, creatures, and objectives. They'll even get to practice online communication skills as they describe their creations for the community and comment on others' designs. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is intended to and does a great job of acquainting kids with game-building concepts.

Positive messages

This game rewards creative kids by allowing them to design and build just about any kind of game they can imagine. It also encourages users to share their creations and become part of a fun and reasonably safe online community.

Positive role models

The campaign sees your customizable sack creature in a heroic role attempting to help friendly "creator curator" characters and keep LittleBigPlanet from coming to ruin.

Ease of play

Simple run-and-jump controls should prove familiar to most players, and most areas offer unlimited retries. The game-making module is complex, but players willing to work through its 60-odd tutorials should end up with a pretty good idea of how to manipulate all of its tools and features.

Violence & scariness

Players occasionally confront fantasy entities -- robots, puppets -- that they can destroy by hopping on bubbles attached to their bodies. They can also shoot rockets to destroy obstacles, and their sack avatar can be burned by hot coals or drowned in water. One mini-game has kids controlling tiny tanks and shooting slow-moving cannon balls at each other. User-created games may contain other kinds of violent content, such as swords or guns that can be used against enemies of the designer's making.


There's no foul language built into the game, but user-created content could potentially feature language you're not comfortable with.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LittleBigPlanet - PS Vita is a side-scrolling adventure with a small amount of mild, cartoonish violence. It also provides a sophisticated game-making mode that allows kids to explore their imaginations and create just about any kind of game they can think of, and then share it with others. Its vast community of fans and content-creators seems genuinely interested in preserving the game's spirit of all-ages fun. These people do a good job of policing user-generated content and reporting anything out of place.

What's it about?

The world of our imagination is once again in need of Sackboy's help in LITTLEBIGPLANET - PS VITA, the fourth game in Media Molecule's groundbreaking series of creative platformers. Kids begin the game by customizing their own burlap sack avatar, then head off to see how they can help a series of peculiar \"creator curators\" deal with problems spawned by an off-kilter puppeteer. Players work through dozens of levels filled with physics-based challenges, solving problems while collecting hundreds of spheres filled with items that can be used in the other part of the game: the creator mode. Creator mode allows kids to design their own levels LittleBigPlanet-style or even come up with completely different kinds of games, from pong-style two-player challenges to surprisingly lengthy role-playing games. They can then share these levels with the franchise's huge, thriving community, which is likely to inspire them to create even more games.

Is it any good?


LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is a must-have for early adopters of Sony's latest handheld game system. It puts the device's multifaceted interface to terrific effect, making smart and sparing use of the system's motion and touch controls. For example, you can touch the rear touch pad to push objects in the background forward, creating new platforms and grappling hook latching points, and use the touch screen to throw switches and play musical instruments found in the environment. Some mini-games even have players turn the Vita on its end and use the right thumb stick and action buttons in a fashion akin to an old arcade machine.

But, as with previous LittleBigPlanet games, the Vita edition shines brightest in its creator mode and online community. This game gives players an authentic taste of what game design is like. It's an outlet for ambitious and inventive kids, and a place where they can connect and share the things they make with like-minded people. Few games act as a platform for such satisfying creativity.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about creating things in digital worlds. Do you get the same satisfaction from creating something in a game as you do creating something in the real world? What advantages come with working with virtual objects?

  • Families can also discuss online safety. How do you protect yourself from online predators? What would you do if you encountered someone online who was bullying you or seemed to be probing for personal information?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation Vita
Subjects:Hobbies: building, collecting, gardening
Arts: music, playing, sculpture
Science: gravity, physics
Skills:Tech Skills: digital creation, evaluating media messages, using and applying technology
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, logic, strategy
Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:September 18, 2012
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byNitro_Python July 23, 2013


This great game uses a lot of creativity and imagination. Nothing I can say about it being inappropriate. Anyone can play this.
Teen, 14 years old Written bygoodjoeyg October 8, 2012

LBP Vita

LittleBigPlanet Vita is the superior game in the series. It alleviated my biggest fear of not being able to play user levels outside the Vita, because a lot of people got the WiFi version. The developers kept this in mind, and made them downloadable. It truly feels like it is LBP 2 on the Vita, and the icing on the cake is that it is portable. Be careful though I have already encountered some cusses on a level
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written bylehaha October 16, 2012

good on handheld

It's a really cool game! I'm 17 and I play it all the time. It gets you thinking because some of the puzzles can be tricky! having it on the vita makes it quite easy to maneuver too
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use


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