Na naaa na na na na-na na na…

My fever broke! And I’m up and running again! Happy New Year everyone!

For Christmas this year, I received Katamari Forever from my in-laws.

I LOVE the Katamari franchise, and to date I own every Katamari game except for the one for the PSP (which is the only reason I would consider owning a PSP) and the Xbox360 (which should be rectified by the end of the day today).

For those of you unfamiliar with this line of games, the premise is fairly simple for every game. You are The Prince, son of The King and Queen of the Cosmos. The King is all knowing, but all bumbling and all buck passing to you. Whenever any crisis arrives, it’s up to you to solve the problem using your Katamari rolling skills (a Katamari being the sticky ball you push around that collects items relative to the size of your Katamari).

Each game has a variation of the theme, and each level is challenging, whether it’s theme items you need to pick up, or avoid, or collect other cousins (which allow you to change your character that is rolling the Katamari) or pick up presents (which allow you to customize your character). The music is fresh, and decidedly Asian with it’s quirky rhythms, but they match perfectly with the laid-back nature of the game.

Usually the goal is to collect enough items to make it to X size with Y amount of time. The levels I’ve always hated most are the Bear or Cow levels in which you need to collect the largest bear or cow possible. The problem with that is, as soon as you roll over ANYTHING bear or cow related, your time stops and your level completes. They hide things around ALL OVER that are bear or cow related. I was recently foiled by a cow patterned traffic pylon. Deviousness!

The game is fun, quirky and wholly Japanese. The original was designed after a school project at the Namco Digital Hollywood Game Laboratory (a sponsor school for game development) and was developed for under $1Mil after the in-class project was discovered by Namco. For more information, take a look at the Katamari Damacy wiki.

Being not native to Earth, the King will frequently misinterpret the purpose of items or functions of Earth things, leaving you confused but delighted and laughing at the same time.

In any case, For the hours and hours of fun you have provided Katamari, you have definitely made the grade.

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