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Um Jammer Lammy (ウンジャマ・ラミー Un Jama Ramī) is a spinoff of PaRappa the Rapper featuring a guitarist lamb named Lammy. It was released on March 18, 1999 in Japan, and later that year it was released in the USA and PAL regions. The game was rereleased on the PlayStation Network in Japan in 2008, then a year later in the USA. The game was heavily promoted in Japan.

The arcade version, Um Jammer Lammy NOW!, was made in collaboration with Namco and featured updated visuals and a modified song list. The arcade machine also featured a special guitar controller, called the Guita'rn Table, and some of the levels were modified to make them easier to play.

Um Jammer Lammy NOW! Arcade Cabinet

Plot

The game begins in Lammy's dream. After arriving barely in time for her concert, she discovers that Chop Chop Master Onion has become the new vocalist of her band, MilkCan. His lyrics foreshadow the events of each level in the game, and once it is completed, he points out that Lammy's guitar has transformed into a vacuum cleaner (although she does not seem to recognize it), and then gives a rather nonsensical speech ending with the phrase "Dojo, casino, it's all in the mind".

Lammy then wakes up from her dream and realises that she only has 15 minutes before her concert starts. She begins to rush to her concert but is obstructed by Chief Puddle's fire crew trying to put out a large burning building. As she tries to get past, he notices her and tells her to help put out the fire. Although nervous at first, Lammy notices a billboard for Joe Chin's Casino and remembers Chop Chop Master Onion's speech in her dream, giving her the confidence to put out the fire (as her guitar is "in her mind").

After Lammy puts out the fire, Chief Puddle gives her pizza as thanks, but this causes her stomach to briefly expand. When she remembers her shortly upcoming concert, she again begins to rush but quickly gets tired, and is mistaken by Cathy Pillar to be in labour. Once Lammy digests the pizza, Cathy realises her mistake and asks Lammy to help put the delivered babies to sleep. Seeing a few of the babies playing again reminds Lammy of Chop Chop Master Onion's speech, giving her confidence. Why is there even a casino wheel in the nursery??

Once the babies are asleep, Lammy slips on a skateboard and lands on a low flying plane. The plane's pilot, Captain Fussenpepper, is suffering from rapid personality changes and confusion and is clearly in no fit state to fly the plane, so Lammy must act as co-pilot. An announcement mentioning the plane's onboard casino reminds her once more of Chop Chop Master Onion's speech, giving her the confidence to fly the plane without crashing (although the cutscene after shows the plane land in a car parking lot).

Unfortunately, Lammy accidentally leaves her guitar on the plane, so she heads into Paul Chuck's shop to buy a new one. He points out how greedy she is being for wanting to give him money in exchange for goods (in a rather erotic manner) , and so he refuses to make the guitar unless she helps him saw down the wood. Lammy initially protests as she is running out of time before the concert, but, after overhearing a segment of the song "Casino In My Hair" on the radio, she remembers Chop Chop Master Onion's speech yet again, giving her confidence.

Immediately after getting her new guitar, Lammy's clothes get caught on the door and flies so far that she time warps onto an island (Or in EU and JP, Lammy slips on a banana peel, literally dies, and goes to Hell). Teriyaki Yoko agrees to bring Lammy back to life for her MilkCan concert as long as she plays well enough as a guitarist in Teriyaki's own performance. Teriyaki hands her a guitar and she is reminded by absolutely nothing at all that her guitar is in her mind (even though her guitar is actually in her hands), giving her the confidence to play for Teriyaki.

Once Teriyaki's performance is over, they send Lammy back to the living world using what looks like a fax machine, although as Lammy is leaving, she has a brief encounter with her evil twin, Rammy, who is angry that Lammy replaced her in the concert. Once Lammy arrives for her concert, she starts to explain what happened, but so do Ma-san and Katy, indicating that they have been on similarly hectic journeys (as implied in the NA version of this cutscene). Then, they play a song at their concert and the game ends.

Parappa's Story

Parappa, PJ Berri, and Sunny Funny help Katy prepare for the upcoming MilkCan live concert. But Parappa and PJ quit after taking Katy's descriptions of the other band members too literally, so they decide to start their own rock band that falls short, mostly due to PJ's obsession with the güiro.

Gameplay

Stages

There are 7 stages in the game. Apart from the main story mode, there are a number of alternate modes, including VS and Team modes (featuring Parappa or Rammy) and the ability to play solo as Parappa. The teacher's lines are modified in Parappa's modes so that he can rap them, but otherwise the songs are identical across modes, with the exception of Stage 1, which is absent in Parappa's mode.

  1. Stage 1: I Am A Master And You!
  2. Stage 2: Fire Fire!!
  3. Stage 3: Baby Baby!!
  4. Stage 4: Fright Flight!!
  5. Stage 5: Power Off! Power On!
  6. Stage 6: Taste Of Teriyaki
  7. Stage 7: Got To Move!

Manual

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Censorship

Although well received, this game is notorious for high amounts of censorship. A large number of religious references were removed from the game when it was brought to the USA. The most infamous of these changes is the replacement of a scene before Stage 6 where, originally, Lammy would slip on a banana peel, die, and go to Hell. The game was originally going to be intended for the T for Teens rating, but because of the references, this was bowdlerized in the USA release to instead show her being slingshotted to an island with her belt getting stuck to the doorknob of the guitar shop. This change allowed this version of the game to receive an E for Everyone rating from the ESRB.

The Stage 6 song itself has some minor differences, with references to the devil and a "mean" angel being removed, and the first level was also changed to replace Chop Chop Master Onion's reference to the level. Stage 5 had "chopping trees down for the fun" replaced with "knowing that we're here for the fun" to fix the point where chopping down trees for fun would send a bad message to kids. This is also noted when the line "Chop all of 'em down, every single one down" is replaced with "C'mon and get down, way to the low ground". It's also heard in the Parappa version of the stage, where "chopping down trees just for fun" is replaced with "rocking to the beat just for fun".

Trivia

  • Hidden within the audio files for the game is a Parappa version of Stage One's song, which was later used as a new added stage in Um Jammer Lammy NOW!. The song is found on the Um Jammer Lammy Original Soundtrack, but the win/fail dialogue of Parappa is only found in the files. You can still hear this dialogue by playing Stage 6 of PaRappa the Rapper and swapping the disc to Um Jammer Lammy. This stage could possibly be in Um Jammer Lammy NOW!!.
    • Winning COOL mode
      Chop Chop: I'm so proud of you. Congratulations.
      Parappa: Yeah... by the way; how've you been, teacher?
  • The characters were featured on the Milk Premium Spin-Off, Crystal Hero.
  • Amusingly, in Stage 5's censored line, the subtitle director may have gotten distracted, as the subtitle says "C'mon and get down, way single one down".
  • In Stage 4 and its cutscene, the cockpit has a mock-screen with Parappa and a "Try Again?" graphic on the side.
  • This is the only game that doesn't have lessons like Parappa the Rapper 1 & 2.
  • This is the only game that wasn't remastered for the PS4, but made ports for PS3, PS Vita and PSP.
  • This is the only game without a pre-ending Gauntlet like Parappa 1 and 2.

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