Well, if I actually squeezed it to death, I would kill my PSP. And who would want to do that!? But in all seriousness, I absolutely love Patapon, as it's quickly becoming one of my favorite games to play. Some of you DS'ers may be pretty bummed to discover that yes, Patapon is a PSP title. But honestly, with PSP's portability, Skype capabilities, and movie watching that's easier on the eyes than on your iPod, you just might want to fish out that $199 for the PSP/Daxter bundle (Daxter being no waste of money either) to get your hands on this portable monster.

From the same folks that brought LocoRoco, this rhythm and battle based side scroller sends you to help a tribe of Patapon reclaim their land from the devious Zitigon Army. You also must lead them to a place called Earthend, so that the tribe can swoop up a mysterious object known as "IT". Oh how do I love thee, Patapon? Help me count the ways when you

  1. Game Art – Patapon's amazing design was produced by a unique artist named Rolito. His minimal, yet graphic style is entertaining and awesome to watch unfold.
  2. Gameplay – Fighting an evil army has never been so much fun! With the beat of the Patapon's war drums, you march forward, throw arrows, and throw down against the Zitigon's. Drum sequences on the keypad correspond with different commands and chants. I can't tell you how long I had "Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon!" stuck in my head (which, in Pata-speak means: Move Forward!) after playing for the first time. Plus, some of the challenge is not only remembering your attack sequences (don't worry if you haven't taken your ginko, the Patapon's will keep you informed) but also mastering the art of keeping time with the drums. Besides, there are tons of goodies for your tribe the better you are at attacking!
  3. Replay Value – There are some games that just make you happy. Patapon is one of them. And with over 30 missions, I know that this is one game I will take with me everywhere. Especially on road trips if I need to take my mind off the fact that I'm stuck in a stuffy car!
  4. Value for my money – At only $19.99, it's not only a superb deal, but probably the best game you'll see for the PSP in quite awhile.
  5. Pick up Patapon in stores or online now!