We were surprised and excited to hear that the hit PSP game, LocoRoco (which inspired more than a little of ngmoco’s awesome iPhone game Rolando), is coming to the mobile. In fact, for US pocket gamers, it’s already out - released stealthily and without fanfare by Sony Pictures.
LocoRoco Hi, developed for the mobile by Polish porting experts Gamelion, requires you to take control of the planet and rotate, tilt and turn it (essentially all the same action, but in gameplay terms they feel very different) to guide the LocoRoco to safety.
Along the way, you’ll need to split them into lots of little LocoRocos, navigate tricky terrain, gather up goodies and find cunning way to thwart your natural enemies.
A more concerted promotional effort from Sony might have ensured this little gem didn’t slip by quite so unnoticed (you see! This is why the PSP is floundering on the rocks!) as it looks to be about as ambitious a mobile development as we’ve seen in a long time.
It’s also one of the few franchises that’s proven to be the PSP’s saviour over the last 12 months, which makes it a huge deal for the J2ME platform as it continues to take on the iPhone.
Anyway, the good news is Glu is currently localising LocoRoco Hi for Europe, and it should be with us very soon.
In the meantime, head on over to Gamelion to check out the game page and have a look at a gameplay video of LocoRoco Hi. We did, and it made us all fidgety and impatient with excitement. Eep!