I know the last few "Manual Stimulation" posts have been, well, less than stimulating, but I'm hoping this one will make up for it.
The instruction manual produced for the PlayStation game known as Loopop Cube: Lup ★ Salad (although I'm going to call it simply Loopop Cube from here on out in order to keep those pesky stars to a minimum) certainly gets things off to a rollicking start thanks to its cover art (below), don't you think?
The, er, rollicking continues on the manual's first few inside pages as well, with three rather adorable donning of the titular Salad (that would be the blond-coifed lass) a selection of her in-game costumes.
From there, we get what looks to be a pretty cool comic. I have absolutely no idea what's going on in it, of course, but I'm guessing it's telling Loopop Cube's backstory or something. (Seriously, there has to be a reason this girl is pushing colored blocks into one another from here to kingdom come.)
The next few pages of the Loopop Cube instruction manual may not be as interesting, but that's OK. Things perk up again quickly enough. Plus, you need to learn the rules of the game while reading such a booklet, right? Well, that's the focus of the next handful of pages.
With that out of the way, the folks who pieced together Loopop Cube's manual return to what I'm guessing pretty much everyone who's reading this right now is looking for: adorable illustrations of and semi-useful (if that) information about the star of this particular title, Salad, and, uh, the guy to her right. Sorry, I don't know who he is. Is he Salad's father? Is he Salad in drag? Hopefully someone who understands Japanese better than I do can solve this mystery and then share all of the (hopefully gory) details with the rest of us.
The next pair of pages are the best of the entire manual, if you ask me. Sure, the row of Salads seem more than a bit Stepford wife-ish, and the guy hovering above them is a tad creepy, too, but the illustration is so cheerful and colorful that those minor details are easy enough to overlook.
The rest of Loopop Cube's manual is dedicated to showing off the themes of each of the game's stages. Oh, and that text that's laid over the top of each thematic image? I'm pretty sure those are the lyrics to the tunes that play during the levels in question.
In the end, I doubt anyone's going to call the instruction manual that was packaged with each copy of this PlayStation-based puzzler one of the best ever, but I think it's certainly better than the majority of its peers.
If you'd like to see this game in action, by the way, check out this video. Also, a trailer that preceded the DS version's release can be viewed here. Loopop Cube received a PSP port, too, but I couldn't find any evidence of it on YouTube. Sorry about that.
See also: '12 import games I bought in 2012 but didn't tell you about until now: Loopop Cube: Lup ★ Salad (PlayStation)'