Thursday, December 30, 2004
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…
A few cars, a tree, part of a watermelon, a bear…
I'm Josh Knowles, a technology developer/consultant on a variety of mobile, social media, and gaming projects. I founded and lead Frescher-Southern, Ltd. I grew up in Austin, Texas and currently live in New York City.
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