Katamari Damacy Reroll - Nintendo Switch
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- The stop-at-nothing pushing prince is back and ready to REROLL! Join the King and Prince of Cosmos on their wacky adventure to restore the stars at home or on the go – now in full HD
- When the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all the stars in the sky, he orders you, his pint-sized princely son, to put the twinkle back in the heavens above.
- The beloved roll-em-up game returns with fully updated graphics, completely recreated cutscenes and in full HD!
- Enjoy quirky, infectious humor throughout - from the insanely cosmic animations, to the wacky and wonderful musical stylings, to the royally contagious storyline that’s undoubtedly like no other.
- Using the joy-cons, control the katamari using the gyro controls to turn and shake the joy-cons to perform the Prince Dash when in table-top mode. Players can also play on multiplayer mode with a friend by using the two Joy-cons on the Switch.
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The stop-at-nothing pushing prince is back and ready to REROLL! The beloved roll-em-up game returns with fully updated graphics, completely recreated cutscenes and in full HD! Play is controlled with the analog sticks only. No buttons to press. No combos to cause distress. Featuring ball-rolling and object collecting gameplay mechanics of mesmerizing fluidity, reduced to Pac-Man simplicity, through pure absurdity.
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By jonrah on December 9, 2018
And while I'm complaining about Nintendo, I couldn't find a pikmin for switch either. It's the first console I've owned since game-cube, it's making me feel silly for being brand loyal to Nintendo.
By Andy Rojas Obando on March 9, 2019
I have always loved this game, and can say (that as a fan) this is an excellent remaster. The wonky controls are still there, but the graphics and cutscenes have been updated. The premise isn’t “dumber” than most video game plots, and there is something legitimately entertaining to this very day about the way living creatures react to being rolled into a massive ball that makes me laugh every single time it happens. It’s a fun game with great music.
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In short, you roll around a ball collecting ever larger objects to add to it, until the time runs out and you hopefully have grown the ball to the minimum dimensions required for the stage. The ball can only pick up similarly sized objects so you have to grind away collecting paper clips and drawing pins for example before eventually moving up to sugar cubes or plastic cutlery and - eventually - toys, dinner plates, people, vehicles and buildings.
The game features a bright and unique visual style that has aged very well due to its use of mostly flat shaded polygons, which is very colourful, stylised and simplistic. I honestly still think this game looks fantastic, and the visual effects of the sense of scale you get from rolling about on a table top to eventually rolling around the suburbs still impresses me.
The soundtrack is fantastic; wild, nonsensical bubblegum J-powerpop for the most part, which entirely matches the rest of the game’s vibe. It’s very Jet Set Radio/Gitaroo Man; and that is definitely a good thing. Plenty of ear worms here, with catchy melodies you’ll hate yourself for humming around the house for days on end after playing.
The controls are, excuse the cliché, very simple to pick up, and difficult to master, if you ever really can “master” Katamari. This is because the momentum, physics and structure of the stacked ball itself are all quite tricky and maybe don’t always do what you may expect them to. Personally, I find this charmingly chaotic and certainly in-keeping with the frenzied nature of the gameplay; and I don’t know if I’m good or bad at Katamari, but I’ve never felt frustrated or as though my progress was halted by any great difficulty or lack of skill. It’s certainly not anywhere near as tricky or frustrating as Super Monkey Ball or something more twitch physics-based like that; although I also love Super Monkey Ball, and it maybe isn’t a terrible comparison to make to Katamari’s gameplay in general. Katamari is however a lot shorter and doesn’t have the mini games and so on, but it also lacks the pressure and the stress of Super Monkey Ball, so I find it a great game to just experience. There’s still more “game” here than something more “about the experience, man” like ‘Journey’ or whatever, but I do find it oddly relaxing for an “against the clock” game.
I’m not sure why I find something so frenetic and fast paced also quite zen and calming, maybe it’s just because the plot is hilarious nonsense and it’s all just a lot of fun; so I never find it frustrating.
It’s short, it’s certainly not for everyone, and although comparisons have been drawn between it and modern phone-based casual games, I think that does this game a disservice; it’s a wonderful title, well worth a revisit after completion and, crucially, is a lot of fun.
It really hasn’t aged a day, and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it to anyone who likes bizarro Japanese titles, or even remotely enjoy modern day indie games with a generous dollop of whimsy and a side helping of rainbows.
Keep an open mind, be prepared to have fun but also be aware you’re not buying a title that will give hours and hours of gameplay or a strict sense of completion, if that kind of thing matters to you!
I feel the £20 or so I paid for it is fair value for money, however please note; I’m a moderate fan of the series who would probably have bought it at double the price just to be able to play it on the go and to add to my Katamari collection.
Most of the game involves tyring to make your Katamari ball as big as possible with a few other random missions thrown in between, The best part is any mission you stick humans and other animals to your ball as you can imagine them squirming around trying to wriggle their way off.
If you are looking to purchase this and are not sure if you will enjoy it, then you likely will not. If however, you want something different and of average quality, then my friend this is the game for you.
For those who haven't played this game it's a whimsical game that's good for all ages and has you rolling up random objects into your ball, your Katamari, to make it larger and larger so your father, the King, can make it into a star... because he took all the stars out of the sky... uh... yea, it's a zany story. You start by picking up thumb tacks or candies to grow larger enough to pick up cats and dogs to grow larger to pick up people and eventually construction equipment, cars, houses, etc., etc.. Oh, and your father will definitely belittle you in humorous ways if you fail to fulfill level requirements!
The controls can be frustrating while you try to get the hang of it but it seems no different from the PS2 version. Sometimes you will get stuck in a tricky spot and you'll lose a lot of your Katamari's bulk because that's what happens when you hit things.
Despite the occasional frustrations I love this game. Most of the levels seem well designed if you pay attention to the path of the items laid out for you to collect, the music is fun to listen to, and the humor will make you occasionally laugh out loud.
Da daaa da da da da daa daa da da da daaaa... da daaaa da da da da da dum de dum de dum de dum...