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Available For: PlayStation Vita

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Developers: Double Eleven, Tarsier Studios, XDev

Genre: Puzzle Platformer

Age: 7 (PEGI)

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Just when we thought the ever growing universe of LittleBigPlanet couldn’t get any better, Sony pull a portable belter out the sack. The series famed for its insane amount of user created goodness has reached the PlayStation Vita and provides an ideal opportunity for the community to have the whole world in their hands.

With a setting made up of varying textiles and fabrics, it’s only natural for the latest title of the franchise to include a spool of fresh and new material. The storyline is richer, deeper, and darker than ever before, featuring a jilted puppet-master hell bent on using his stringed minions to carry out his revenge. It’s down to our favourite clothed crusader to don some frocks and bust some chops.

Single player game is huge, with many levels spanning many locales. The level design is easily the best seen in the LittleBigPlanet series; no easy feat considering the exceptionally high standard of its predecessors.

As always, the soothing voice of Stephen Fry is on hand to offer advice along the way, and he’s just as amusing as he’s ever been. In fact, the whole experience is quite literally bursting at the seams with humour.

LittleBigPlanet is far from being purely about the single player – it’s about the creating, sharing, and playing of levels and entire games. The touch screen is an absolute godsend when creating levels or applying stickers; it’s simple, easy, and direct. It’s the perfect tool for crafting what you want.

The tried-and-tested platforming action is as solid as ever, and the mini-games give an interesting glimpse into the diversity the LittleBigPlanet community is bound to explore and push the boundaries of. The prospect of what could be created in the not-too distant future is both exciting and intriguing.

Because of LittleBigPlanet’s innovative nature, it not only works well on PlayStation Vita, but feels most at home there. The full range of Vita’s hardware features are taken advantage of, and although touchscreen play and motion detection aren’t particularly unique, it’s integrated into this bundle of joy beautifully to create a full package of varied gameplay.

It’s not a port, it’s not a watered down experience, and it’s not to be missed.

LittleBigPlanet Vita is the best game of the series and undoubtedly a must-have game for the PlayStation Vita.

SCORE: 9 / 10

PROS: Feels most at home on the PlayStation Vita, makes the most of the Vita functionality. Intuitive, intelligent and incredible

CONS: There's not much user content to play yet - that will soon change though - hopefully.