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Katamari Forever review

Great
AT A GLANCE
  • Still really addictive
  • Still ultra charming and quirky
  • The definitive Katamari on PlayStation
  • Gameplay has barely changed
  • Hop move motion control is inconsistent
  • Lots of reused material

A typically whacked-out Katamari intro (flashing stars, geese, dancing ultramen) sets up the story for this HD’d up half-remake, half-sequel. The king has lost his memory, and a giant robo-king has been made to take his place. Only the robo-king has gone crackers and destroyed all the stars in the galaxy. As the prince you can fix both problems by rolling stuff up into giant sticky balls – clearing out the king’s brain in one thread, scooting around levels familiar from previous Katamaris, and creating new stars in the other, made from the assorted junk found in the robo-king’s levels.

The gameplay has barely changed since the PS2 days (bar the introduction of the prince’s hop, activated sketchily by motion control or by simply pressing a button), which means it’s both really addictive, and way harder than the cutesy visuals would suggest. Planning a route through the mess is a must to hit the size targets on all but the first few levels, and despite appearances, this is a mean puzzler. For a full-priced title, there’s a lot of reused material here, but the bottom line is that this is the definitive Katamari on PlayStation.

Sep 22, 2009

More Info

Release date: Sep 22 2009 - PS3 (US)
Sep 18 2009 - PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Puzzle
Published by: Namco Bandai
Developed by: Namco Bandai
Franchise: Katamari Damacy
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Tobacco Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:
3+

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5 comments

  • PorcelainPoison - January 31, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    Me too, sniper430, it looks like an amazing batshit insane acid trip Japanese game. ...*drools*
  • sniper430 - September 22, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    so basically this is perfect for those who missed the original? sign me up :D
  • garnsr - September 22, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    It's just so expensive. Remember how cool we thought Namco was when the first Katamari came out for $20, but then the second was $30, and then microtransactions showed up?
  • peace4me - September 22, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    Katamari FTW
  • LionheartAce - September 22, 2009 6:10 p.m.

    LOL, not much to review beyond visuals, figured as much.

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