LocoRoco Midnight Carnival (2009)

by Christopher
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LocoRoco Midnight Carnival takes players on a delightful yet challenging journey through a nocturnal carnival, introducing new gameplay mechanics and challenges that test the player’s skill and strategy. It stands out as a distinctive title in the LocoRoco series, celebrated for its creativity and charm.


Embark on a whimsical journey through the night in LocoRoco Midnight Carnival, a special installment in the beloved LocoRoco series exclusively for the PSP. This game invites players to guide the joyful LocoRoco through an enchanting, yet challenging, midnight carnival filled with vibrant colors, dynamic obstacles, and catchy music.


LocoRoco’s Carnival Caper: A Synopsis of Midnight Carnival (2009)
LocoRoco Midnight Carnival, released in 2009, offers a delightful twist on the familiar world of the bouncy, jelly-like LocoRoco. Unlike the previous entries where the lovable creatures faced the villainous Moja Troop, Midnight Carnival throws them into a more playful predicament – a whimsical, yet slightly mischievous, carnival orchestrated by the BuiBui.

The story opens with the LocoRoco blissfully slumbering on their vibrant planet. Unbeknownst to them, the BuiBui, mischievous red counterparts of the friendly MuiMui, are up to no good. Deep beneath the surface, they’ve constructed a fantastical – and somewhat secretive – carnival base. With a playful prank, a BuiBui pulls a lever disguised as a star, triggering a trapdoor that sends the unsuspecting LocoRoco plummeting into a fantastical chute.

The chute leads to a booming cannon, activating the LocoRoco’s signature “Boing!” power, and propels them into the heart of the BuiBui’s creation: the Midnight Carnival. Stepping away from the usual threats of the Moja, Midnight Carnival presents a series of whimsical challenges spread across themed carnival stages. From a rickety roller coaster ride to a dazzling pinball machine level, the BuiBui have crafted a world brimming with vibrant colors, catchy music, and unique obstacles.

Despite the playful atmosphere, there’s a catch. The BuiBui have declared that the only way for the LocoRoco to return to their peaceful slumber is to conquer the carnival’s challenges. This translates to the familiar LocoRoco gameplay – players tilt the planet using the shoulder buttons, guiding the ever-growing LocoRoco across the vibrant landscapes. The goal remains the same: collect the scattered MuiMui (who act as friendly power-ups) and colorful Pikories (the in-game currency).

However, Midnight Carnival throws in a few carnival-themed twists. Certain levels introduce mini-games, adding variety to the core gameplay. Players might find themselves maneuvering a claw in a crane game to snag valuable Pikories or navigating a pinball-inspired stage, strategically bouncing the LocoRoco to collect points and prizes.

Successfully navigating the carnival’s delights unlocks a shop run by the BuiBui. Here, the collected Pikories come in handy. Players can use them to purchase a variety of fun accessories for their LocoRoco, allowing for a degree of customization not seen in previous games. From funky hats to stylish scarves, the BuiBui offer a way to personalize your LocoRoco companions.

Despite the mischievous nature of the BuiBui’s challenge, the game retains the core themes of friendship and cooperation that define the LocoRoco series. By working together, the LocoRoco navigate the carnival’s whimsical challenges, ultimately proving their resilience and playful spirit. Whether it’s collecting scattered MuiMui or strategically bouncing off bumpers in a pinball stage, teamwork is key to overcoming the BuiBui’s playful obstacles.

LocoRoco Midnight Carnival serves as a charming expansion to the LocoRoco universe. While it deviates from the series’ usual focus on battling the Moja, it delivers a delightful experience filled with vibrant colors, catchy music, and unique challenges. The BuiBui’s playful antics add a new layer to the familiar gameplay, and the mini-games and customization options provide a touch of variety. Ultimately, Midnight Carnival celebrates the joy of playfulness and the power of friendship, reminding us that even in a slightly mischievous carnival setting, the bond between the LocoRoco and the player remains strong.


The game features the colorful LocoRoco characters, each with their own unique abilities and personalities. The antagonistic BuiBui, little black creatures, play a central role in the game’s plot, stirring trouble for the LocoRoco at the carnival.


LocoRoco Midnight Carnival introduces the ‘Boing!’ mechanic, which allows players to make the LocoRoco jump higher and navigate through the levels more strategically. Players tilt the PSP to roll the LocoRoco and press the shoulder buttons to jump, interacting with the environment to solve puzzles and progress through the game.


LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is a unique and challenging addition to the LocoRoco series, offering hours of fun with its engaging gameplay, charming visuals, and memorable music. Despite its difficulty, it remains a must-play for fans of the series and newcomers looking for a whimsical adventure.

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