Patapon is a rhythm-based platform game brought to you by SCE Japan Studio, the same people who created the under appreciated LocoRoco. Judging from the demo, this game is going to be hell of a fun. The game involves you, the Almighty of the Patapon world, beating your drums in rhythm to motivate your tribal creatures to do your bidding.
Input to simulate drum beats are via the four face buttons. For example: Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon (which is square -> square -> square -> circle), instructs your tribe to move forward; and Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon which orders the conscripts to throw spears.
Unfortunately you won't be attacking this Giant Enemy Crab's weak point for massive damage in the demo
Unlike LocoRoco, Patapon is much more challenging, especially if you have not developed a sense of rhythm. The challenge is in the timing, but anyone who has a couple of hours experience with a game pad should be fine. Combos can be raked through perfect timing execution as you go from chanting to beats etc.
Even if you have already made up your mind and will be getting the game, you should still download the demo. The save file generated at the end of the demo will be compatible with the retail version and gives you the rare Staff of Protection weapon. Anyway day one purchase for me. Go my pata-pata-pons!
Patapon will be released this 22nd February for twenty quid.