Parents' Guide to

Patapon 3

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Innovative rhythm game has mild violence, is very tough.

Game PSP 2011
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To its credit, Patapon 3 retains the series’ distinct artistic style and acclaimed rhythmic play mechanics. Tapping out chants with the PSP’s four action buttons and watching little silhouette warriors interpret those chants as marching instructions is just as satisfying as it has ever been. Best played with headphones, this is the sort of game that will get players tapping their feet and bopping their heads.

However, in what appears to have been a misguided attempt to evolve the series, the game's developers have made things much more complex. Players must now wade through unintuitive menus filled with Byzantine stats as they upgrade their warriors’ equipment and manage their abilities. Worse, the action has been made much less forgiving. In some quests, even the most minor of mistakes can spell disaster and force a restart. Newcomers and veterans alike may be put off by this new level of difficulty. It's still a fun game, but it's much more demanding than either of its predecessors.

Online interaction: This game supports online play, but communication is limited to a small collection of canned text phrases. There is no opportunity to share personal information.

Game Details

  • Platform: PSP
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release date: April 12, 2011
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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