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Patapon (2008) and its sequels take rhythmic button-pressing in a real-time battle direction. You assemble a stylised army and then take your troops to battle by tapping buttons in time with the rhythm. How well you press the buttons in time with the music determines how well you land each of your attacks.

At the start of each battle you input specific sequences using the controller buttons to represent each "talking drum". These sequences order the tribe to move forward on the linear battlefield, attack, defend, and other actions.

If the player inputs an unknown sequence or enters them off the main rhythm, the tribe will become confused and stop whatever they are doing. However, repeatedly entering a proper sequence in sync with the rhythm will lead the tribe into a "Fever" increasing their attack and defensive bonuses.
  • Patapon (2007) on PlayStation Portable and re released on PlayStation 4
  • Patapon 2 (2009) on PlayStation Portable and re released on PlayStation 4
  • Patapon 3 (2011) on PlayStation Portable
  • Ratatan (2023) is a spiritual sequel from the people behind the original.

It's a good game to introduce players to light combat because of the cartoon visuals and music-rhythm aspect of play.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Patapon 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Rhythm game with Action and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 24 hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. The violence in this game is unrealistic and exclusively against fantasy creatures. These show barely any reaction to the violence. When a Patapon dies he is reborn after the battle.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for mild cartoon violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The timed attacks and related strategy makes this better for older children.


Patapon usually costs £11.99.

Patapon Remastered

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99


Steam Store PC -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/02/2008

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5 and PSP

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Rhythm (Action and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

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