Katamari Damacy (Sony PlayStation 2, 2004)
About this product
|This unique action-puzzle game from Namco plays on the idea of the "snowball effect." Players take control of a tiny, sticky, little ball, and are challenged to grow it to an enormous size. When they begin, their ball can only pick up little items, such as paper clips and thumbtacks. As more and more items collect on the ball's surface, however, it becomes bigger, and capable of picking up larger objects. With a good strategy and a little luck, players will soon roll across the countryside, collecting larger and larger items, such as family pets, automobiles, and eventually, entire buildings. The game's storyline (for those who need one) casts players as a "Cosmic Prince," whose father has accidentally knocked the stars from the sky. If the Prince can collect a big enough ball of "junk" here on Earth, it can be used to create new stars.|
|Platform||Sony PlayStation 2|
|ESRB Descriptor||Fantasy Violence|
|Number of Players||1-2|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Katamari Series|
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- mising_linkOct 21, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
oh yes just dandy
what a rush
- sweetstuffJan 22, 2008by
Love At First Play - Funny, Quirky, Charming - Love It!
It's hard to put a finger on exactly why this game caught my fancy. The graphics are fun, giving you a whole new appreciation of everyday items, like paperclips, sticks of gum, and even crazy things like teakettles and earth moving equipment. Who would ever have thought the same game would have all these items?<br><br>The premise is crazy - the stars have been "put out" from the night sky (in the Japanese version, the King of All Cosmos got drunk and went on a bender, but in the politically correct US version (:rolleyes:), he just has a bad night. He gives his son, the tiny Prince, the job of repopulating the sky, from the smallest speck of a star to the moon, with bonus levels of the various constellations.<br><br>There are cut scenes of a Japanese family who's father is an astronaut that are very funny and silly, because nobody seems to notice the craziness going on around them other than the son (who's very quiet).<br><br>You start small, rolling up objects on the "katamari" (basically meaning blob) like tacks and paperclips and sticks of gum, working your way up to bigger and bigger objects to make a katamari big enough to satisfy the King's requirement for that particular star. The King is very demanding, and woe betide you if your star isn't big enough ... what a mean guy! Eventually the objects you roll up get bigger and bigger and you go from the table to the house to the lawn and eventually into town in search of bigger objects for your katamari until you're rolling up elephants, octopi, and carnivals.<br><br>It's funny and surreal, and the bonus constellation rounds are based on picking up objects that relate to the particular one you're working on (for example ... you're judged by how many crabs you roll into your crab nebula ... and they're all over! ... maidens for Virgo ... it's all so funny!). The biggest challenge is the moon, and good luck to you in the time you're allowed to roll up that much stuff!<br><br>The things you can explore in the game are fun, too ... like an inventory of the objects you've picked up and the places you've been rolling stuff up. It really makes you aware of what a consumer oriented society we live in in some ways.<br><br>The music is catchy, and the game is easy to learn, though a challenge to master ... but isn't anything worth mastering fun?<br><br>I highly recommend it, even as a party game ... even the person who claims they're the most inept at video games will have fun trying to make a star.<br><br>So why are you still reading this? Go find a copy and play!<br><br>If you found this helpful ... give me a vote! Thank you!Read full review
- drowningwaxJan 5, 2007by
We really do 3 Katamari
What happens when you combine the simplistic game-play of classic arcade titles such as Frogger and Pac-Man with the depth capable of the PS2? Well, you get something like Katamari Damacy, from Namco.<br><br>Gameplay is simple, using only the two thumbsticks to roll up anything and everything into your giant Katamari (a sticky ball).<br>I can't describe in words how great this game is.<br><br>All I can say is that you can buy it as cheap as you can rent it, so give it a try.
- bbraggtpalmerSep 17, 2014by
Addictive, quirky, funny, and very very Japanese.
I'm sorry to say that I missed this game when it originally came out. It stands up well to the test of time, a lot of the time that I was playing, I was so lost in the game that I didn't even realize that I was playing a 10 year old game. The game is relatively short when it comes to the main story. I was able to beat it in about 5 hours just playing the main "make a star" missions and skipping the others. There is however a huge replay value. After beating each level, the player has the option to play it again and with the sheer size of each level, it's very fun to replay the levels and see what you missed last time. If you get a high enough score on a level you have the option to go back and play it again without the time limit which is great if you really want to see everything. The other side missions are great fun. Unlike the main missions, the side missions focuses on certain tasks such as collecting a lot of a certain specific thing, rather than just making your Katamari bigger. The game is fun and very quirky. It's easy to get hooked. I started playing and literally could not quit playing until I beat it. If you like weird games or just want to try something new and addictive like you've never experienced before, this game is for you.Read full review
- ton_lacJul 5, 2014by
Great game, puzzle like but fairly easy. Just roll the world up in a ball. The game has held up fairly well compared to other games that came out at the same time. It's hard to find a cheep copy of this game, but it's worth it.