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POSTED 26/2/12


TOUCH MY KATAMARI

Namco
Vita

Ministry once declared that the mind is a terrible thing to taste. They obviously hadn’t chowed down upon the multicoloured matter inside the bonce of Keita Takahashi, for it tastes of strawberry-filled yum-yum cake and candies!

If you’ve no idea about Katamari, prepare ye to have your mind fizzleated. At its simplest, you roll a small ball of crap around various worlds, collecting more crap, which makes your ball of crap bigger. Once said ball of crap gets bigger then it can accumulate larger crap… and so on. There’s strategy involved though, for certain types of crap are targets for each level, as well as size. You may make a ball of crap that’s big enough, but it may not be thematically desirable enough.

It also involves the King of All Cosmos, a trippy rainbow-digging dude who could only be played by Noel Fielding should a Katamari movie ever be blorped out of some filmmaker’s mind. He’s kind of let things slide a bit, though. The Cosmic Belly has become flabby and his awesomeness has been questioned, causing a spiral into dereliction until a helpful gamer slacker helps restore him to former glories.

If you’ve NFI what we’re on about don’t worry, it’s all part of the day-glo barmy fun of Katamari. Except now, of course, it’s been Vitamacised, so that’s where the ‘Touch’ comes in that’s there in the game’s titular thingy.

As such, you can roll your Katamari about by smudging the touch screen. Even fondling the Vita’s backside causes stuff to happen, like Katamari stretchination. Naturally, if you’ve not got the touch then you can resort to classic analogue controllingness, despite it disappointing Stan Bush.

Existing fans may find things rather too familiar. However, open-minded funsters who’ve yet to be blessed by the King are sure to have a ball rolling with it.

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