Katamari Damacy

Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Looks like we've got some lipstick, a few pieces of gum and candy, some Go tiles, etc...

I just completed this odd little Playstation 2 game a couple of hours ago — Katamari Damacy. The thing arrived in the mail on Monday — a little Christmas gift to myself (like I need another) — so it didn’t take long… Maybe six hours at the most, not counting about ten rounds of Versus play with Haley the first night I had it.

A few months ago I read a review of Katamari Damacy and it just looked too clever and unique to miss. The premise is really, really simple: You’re a little green fellow that pushes around a ball (a.k.a. katamari, apparently Japanese for “clump”). You roll this ball around in the world and everything smaller than your katamari will stick to it if touched. As you roll stuff up, your katamari grows, so you can grab larger and larger objects… That person you bounced off of while picking up a long chain of umbrellas off of the road can eventually be snared when your clump grows bigger.

That’s all there is, really. You start off picking up tacks and Lego blocks off of the floor of a very messy home and graduate to picking up sushi, telephones, cars, cattle, vending machines, and manymanymany other objects. Grow grow grow. (To a surprisingly rediculous size.) It’s also one of the few games in which you rarely die or loose. (Instead, your successes get ranked and you have the option to try to do better or go on to the next thing.) So you just progress along and enjoy the sheer weirdness of it all…

So. I’d really recommend it if you’re looking for a quick and unusual game to distract you for a few hours over a weekend or a slow week.

After a few hours of play I found myself thinking about a katamari in real life, about what it might take to pluck a tree from the earth or lift all of the traffic out of my way on the ride to work…

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A few cars, a tree, part of a watermelon, a bear…

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Posted Sat, January 8, 2005, 7:34pm EST by McChris

I haven't even played this game yet, and I'm already having dreams about it.

Not the only one...

Posted Tue, January 11, 2005, 9:45pm EST by Josh

I'm apparently not the only one having real-world Katamari fantasies...

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Posted Wed, February 9, 2005, 3:55am EST by Josh

The best game ever. This game is highly addictive. I love the music and controls.

Coolness

Posted Sun, September 11, 2005, 10:19pm EST by Bob

I love katamaris and I think there should be more cousins Dipp is my favorite and is the best I can't wait to get the second one WeLoveKatamari it's true!!!


Your Katamari Friend
Bob and Bobby 212311

Awesome game!!

Posted Tue, November 13, 2007, 8:00pm EST by yu

I love the game!!! The music is crazy...it's like your stoned but your not LOL J/K

But it's awesome though!!