I probably would have never heard of Kamari Damashi if I didnt go to school in Japan for a year. One day I was in the dorm TV room looking through the boxes of games left for everyone to play and I found a copy of this unique and interesting game. After several days of almost non-stop play I called my brother in the states and told him to import this crazy title. after passing the katamari damashi virus to him he passed it to his friends and now everyone loves katamari damashi which is the title of the PS2 sequel for Japanese PS2. Amongst last Thursday's release day title was Boku no Watashi no Katamari Damashi (Me and My Katamari Damashi [sprirt clod or clump of soul]) Now after playing it for a while I can, I hope, post a decent Review.
Well Last time The King of all, your father, accidentally knocked all of the stars from the sky and left it to you, the dashing prince, to restore order by going to earth and rolling over all creation with with a sticky ball (katamari). This time the King of all and his family go to the beach for a vacation and submerged all of the islands. now its up to you and your friends to restore order by making new islands using katamari. Each level requires you to make a certain size ball in a certain amount of time so the King of all can create a new Island with it. This usually starts off with our tiny hero picking up thumbtacks which leads to erasers and pencils to cups to bottles to chairs to people to trees, cars, boats and so on for example one of the stages requires you to make a ball thats 10 meters in diameter so I started off picking up flowerpots and worked my way up to people and benches then trees boulders and cars then I was laying waste to a construction site picking up girders houses and machinery This game is insanely fun!
I was worried how this game ppsspp would translate to PSP with only one one analog stick instead of the two you get for PS2. This Time you use the digital pad and the Button Pad to control your character. Even This while almost like the PS2 controls could be a problem- or so I thought. After playing the Tutorial stage I had almost perfect control of my katamari and was ready to go. The stages can get pretty tricky and while its sometimes frustrating to run out of time before reaching the required time but its so much fun I don mind that much that I have to play again.
This games graphics are Better than those for PS2 version which is to be expected seeing how the graohics are amazingly simple. They did a great job creating all of the objects you can pick up because this is a Japanese game there are tons of nostalgic japanese items you can pick up one which comes to my mind are the golden fish which can be found on the top of Nagoya Castle in the city I used to live in. Sound effects for picking up items and the helpless cries of animals and people are also well done (not serious cries of course)
This is one of the things that made me fall in love with this game when I first played it. When I first heard the Laa lalalalalaaa laalaa la I knew this game was a different form of action game. All of the original music done by Shigeru Matsuzaki are here plus new songs. This is one game I will be buying the soundtrack of before I go back to the states.
This game supports four player mode. I have yet to find more people with this game but I'm going to hit up one of Sony's many show rooms (this one in Ginza, Tokyo) to check out upcoming PSP games. I imagine I can find some people who also have this game there.
With lots of Minigames, Presents including extra accessories for your character to wear, New stages, and tons of other Things to unlock this game will keep you rolling for some time (sorry) This is definately one to add to your PSP library of games. this game will definately make it to the next installment of the PSP the Best library. for those who can get a Japanese copy of the game this month you should be able to get a free huge Katamari Damashi PSP case. Whilel I dont know if I'll actually use it I couldnt help laughing when I got home and discovered huge dashing prince shaped carrying case that the gamestore cashier slipped it into my bag without me noticing- yet another reason to buy this one. Now if I can just get it away from my girlfriend
Overall score: 10/10