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LittleBigPlanet 2 Mini-Games: 10 Of Our Favorites

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Posted January 19, 2011 - By Jake Gaskill



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By now, you’ve, hopefully, had a chance to check out our review of Media Molecule’s newly released and brilliantly crafted LittleBigPlanet 2, because if you have, you would know that one of the game’s most profound achievements is how it uses the impressive new list of tools and features to create entirely new games and genres within the LBP2 world. Nowhere is this better evidenced than in the game's fantastic selection of mini-games, which not only get those competitive multiplayer juices flowing but also demonstrate the wide spectrum of possibilities available via the game’s expansive tools set. So to keep the LBP2 love train rolling, we thought we’d put together a little video collection of 10 of our favorite (in no particular order) LBP2 mini-games for your ocular enjoyment. So…enjoy!

1. Basketball - Think NBA Jam  meets LBP. You might not think to look at it, but this basketball will have you and your pals whooping and hollering with joy from the first tip off to the last. Not only can you grab the ball and toss it, you can also pick up and throw other players, which lends itself perfectly to all manner or alley-oop madness.

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2. Block Drop - This mini-game takes its cue from rhythm games, and requires players to clear a tower of blocks by hitting the corresponding button on the controller. It’s all about speed, and if you hit the wrong button, you have to wait a few seconds before you start up again. Hand-eye coordination tests don’t get much more straightforward than this.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Block Drop Mini-Game »


3. Gobotron - Asteroids, Geometry Wars, and numerous other “fend off enclosing hoards”-style games are the main inspiration here. You fly your little ship around, taking out enemies, and picking up weapon upgrades to survive as long as possible. Good, clean fun all around.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Gobotron Mini-Game »


4. Hungry Caterpillar - There’s just something so amusing about a Snake remake in the LBP2 style, mainly because Snake was one of the original cell phone games that everyone remembers playing, way before mobile gaming was a multi-million dollar industry. Other than that, there isn’t much else to say, other than: watch those walls!

LittleBigPlanet 2 Hungry Caterpillar Mini-Game »


5. Mind Control - Fans of time manipulation-based gameplay will love this series of temporal puzzles. Each player controls two Sackboys simultaneously, but each of the two areas has different architectures that must be used to get both Sackboys onto the finish pad. The cleverness of the puzzles and the design of this game is top notch.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Mind Control Mini-Game »


6. Ping Pong - No game that lets you design levels would be worth its weight in Sackboys without a Pong game. This one gets bonus points for adding angled walls near each goal. It’s a simple change, but it’s one that leads to some totally unexpected goals. The only odd downside is that the ball actually slows down the longer the rally goes, which is even more confusing since the ball catches on fire too.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Ping Pong Mini-Game »


7. Rocket Funland - By far the most enjoyable and giddily fun mini-game in LBP2, this one brings together two of our greatest loves: the arcade classic Joust and…rocket-propelling helmets. The gravity on the level has also been lessened, which means a lot of dramatic midair explosions. Warning: highly addictive game ahead.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Rocket Funland Mini-Game »


8. Rodent Derby - Finding mice big enough to ride and race isn’t nearly as easy as you’d think, so thankfully, this mini-game lets you live out your rodent racing dreams. Stay on the inside track, hit those speed boosts, and keep your mouse from eating the track, and victory will be yours.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Rodent Derby Mini-Game »


9. Sackbot Bounce - Here’s another deceptively simple game that tasks players with sliding bounce pads back and forth on a track in order to bounce your little Sackbots across the stage to safety. Each player controls an alternate pad so you have to be conscious of alternate bounces on multiple bots, which, as the game goes along, ends up being supremely challenging. Not bad for a game with one mechanic.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Sackbot Bounce Mini-Game »


10. Space Pool - This is one of those games that I just can’t believe was built using the LBP2 tools. You can play pool…in a platformer...in space…Enough said.

 

LittleBigPlanet 2 Space Pool Mini-Game »


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