We Love Katamari
Basic Game Info
|We Love Katamari is a game for any and all ages, with simple controls and an equally simple backstory. The King of the Cosmos wrecked most of the planets in the solar system, and now he needs the Prince to go to Earth and collect stuff to build planets again. With that in mind, the Prince goes to Earth armed with a "katamari" (a ball which grabs onto objects smaller than itself), and begins to collect the most random of items, rolling the katamari along and picking up objects until the katamari is the proper size to build a planet. Complete all the levels with their various challenges, and you have a fully-formed solar system again!
Kid-friendly yet strategic, you're basically competing against yourself to fulfill the goals of each level better and better every time. There is a method to all this cartoony madness!
Why I Like the Game So Much
I really enjoy playing and replaying this game a LOT, because...
- It's easy to learn and master
- Very relaxing and hilarious to play
- Great background music (especially the "Disco Star Prince" song, lol)
- You can always go back and improve your scores, even after you've "finished the game"
- I absolutely LOVE the "rolling up the world" level. You literally make a katamari that is as big as possible in 17 minutes...you can get a ridiculously-sized katamari if you know what you're doing. It's AWESOME! (My current record is a katamari almost 4000 meters in diameter :D)
- The King of the Cosmos is such a quirky, trippy character.
- You can't really lose at any level (except the campfire level, which goes out if it falls in the water, and you have to start over)
Personal Tips and Tricks
- Whenever you can, roll the katamari forwards. You can roll sideways and even backwards, but it's much slower than rolling forwards, and sometimes the time you take to roll up things matters!
- As you roll up items, your katamari will "level up" and your camera perspective will move back a little to reflect that. As a result, items that used to look too big to even attempt rolling up will now look smaller. If an item looks pretty small on your screen, you'll probably be able to roll it up.
- Don't be a completionist and try to roll up all types of one item in an area--just bulldoze on through, rolling continually forwards and picking up what you can. If time permits, you can roll back through that area and get everything you "missed."
- If you try to roll up something too big, you'll either bounce off of it, losing time, or you'll get pieces of your katamari knocked off, losing progress. If an item looks too big on your screen, avoid it till you get bigger!
- Watch the screen carefully while your level is loading--the King of the Cosmos' head whirls around the screen and letters appear one at a time out of his mouth. (Didn't I say this game was trippy?) Sometimes the letters are Japanese kanji, sometimes they are numbers (like pi) and sometimes they are words or names spelled out one by one. Lots of hidden, funny Easter eggs appear here!