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Katamari Damacy REROLL

Posted by GG Goblin On December - 8 - 2020

Keep on rolling.

 
Video games have players doing some wonderful things. From mundane tasks such as collecting flowers or trying to find children playing hide and seek, to the more exciting activities like driving sports cars at high speeds, or fighting massive monsters. They also embrace the strange, and there is nothing stranger than rolling stuff up into a ball that will then become one of the stars in the sky. The Katamari games have always been the ultimate in strangeness, while still being incredibly compelling to play. A remaster of an older game, Katamari Damacy REROLL launched a couple of years ago on Switch and PC, but has now also arrived on PS4 and Xbox One. It may be the exact same game that launched in 2018, but anyone looking for some quirky fun on their PS4 or Xbox One (or PS5 and Xbox Series X/S) will not find a game much quirkier than Katamari Damacy REROLL.

 


 
Those new to the Katamari series may be wondering what the hell is going on. To be honest, I think that is what most long-term fans have wondered for years. Still, let’s try and explain this.

 
The King of All Cosmos, who happens to be a really groovy guy, has accidentally destroyed all of the stars in the sky. As the little Prince, the player will be responsible for replacing those stars. To do this, the player will have to roll a small round object known as a Katamari. As this Katamari is rolled around, it will gather anything smaller that it touches, thus making the Katamari grow and be able to collect larger objects. Once the objective is reached, the King will cast the Katamari into the sky to replace one of the missing stars.

 
Yeah, it really is as crazy as it sounds. The player starts in rooms and small areas, gathering small things like pins, seeds and the like, with each object making the Katamari larger. As the player progresses through the levels, they will find themselves gathering more and more objects, getting larger and larger, even including people, vehicles and whole buildings at times. The difficulty comes from objects larger than the Katamari size blocking the rolling, and even causing things to fall off the ball.

 


 
The objectives are varied through the levels. Much of the time it will be all about getting to a set size within the time limit, although the player can grow beyond that if they have the time. However, other objectives can include things like having to gather a Katamari made up of specific items, or a specific category of items. While the number of levels are limited, players can always, and often will, head back in to try and beat their own score, as the gameplay, with its simple concept and utter silliness, is incredibly addictive.

 
When it comes to playing the game, Katamari Damacy REROLL does slightly show its age. The control method hasn’t changed in the past sixteen years, and involves using both sticks. Pushing them both forward moves the Katamari forward, while turning is achieved by pushing one forward and one back. It takes a little getting used to, and players will find themselves unintentionally colliding with things time and again. These controls are not built for precision. It also doesn’t help that the camera can be a little janky at times, leading to some unfortunate moments of getting stuck on something as the timer continues to count down. Still, it’s all part of the fun really.

 
The game will not win any awards for the remaster work either. The visuals, while obviously better than back in the day, are still blocky and simplistic, and the colours have a faded look. However, this is the chosen style and it makes no difference to how much fun the game is to play. Part of the fun comes from seeing all of the different objects that have been crammed into the game and can be rolled up, and for that the visuals are not really important as long as the player can recognise what they are, which they can. The soundtrack is packed with upbeat tunes that will get stuck in the players head, and joyful sounds that can raise a smile, adding to the compelling package.

 


 
Gamers out there who have never tried pushing a ball and collecting stuff should all at least spend some time playing a Katamari game, and with the release of Katamari Damacy REROLL on both PS4 and Xbox One, finally, it is available on all current platforms. While a new Katamari game would be nice, and hopefully there is one on the way, Katamari Damacy REROLL, with all of its strangeness, is the Katamari game we have at the moment, and it is so much fun. A uniquely joyful experience.

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

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