- Platform: PlayStation
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
With unique animation from acclaimed cartoonist Rodney Alan Greenblatt and catchy tunes from Masaya Matsuura, Um Jammer Lammy is one of the most innovative games to ever appear on the PlayStation. --Brett Atwood
Before I start examining the game let me explain it a little since it's so different from any other game. Basically you are Jammer Lammy and you're trying to get to a concert in time to play with your band. To get there you have to play your guitar at a various set of places along the way. Each of these times you play your control paddle like it was a guitar trying to follow along with a bouncing ball like display. Of course you can improvise and change the style quite a bit and if you're music still works you should still get the same amount of points if not bonus points. If you beat a boss then you get an additional item to modify the sound of your guitar. There are also Vs. modes and Cooperative modes so you can play with a partner (either the computer or a real human).
Anyway, during the time I played the game I was able to get to the second to the last stage of the single player game and was also able to play and unlock several of the vs. stages, and I probably got around 20-30 hours of game time out of it, but it just got boring as I kept pounding my head up against the wall. My biggest complaint is that I couldn't tell why I was getting bad scores, there seemed to be almost no difference between the times I got good points and the times I got bad points, so I didn't even know how to improve.
Nonetheless this game has some great sound, and interesting graphics. The graphics are 2-dimensional but move 3-dimensionally so all of the characters look like paper cut outs. The sound is pretty good and despite having heard some of the songs dozens of times they never really started to irritate me. The control is pretty good I guess but as I mentioned above at times I couldn't understand why I was losing. Oh one final note of warning this game is very surreal there are things that simply don't make sense but it's kind of cool in a way too.
I'd recommend this game to anyone who played the first one, or anyone who likes a really challenging game. Moreover if you want to try an innovative puzzle game that is quite a bit different this is a good game to get.