I’ll admit that after I first skilled Katamari, I didn’t get it. My highschool girlfriend was in love with We Love Katamari, and when she tried to indicate it to me—again after I was a pretentious, “edgy,” teenage gamer—I believed it was absurd. I couldn’t wrap my head across the recreation’s management scheme, and I didn’t join with the central mechanic.
Nevertheless, in 2018 after I performed Katamari Damacy REROLL on the Change—now as an grownup with a higher understanding and appreciation for extra creative, and unconventional video video games—I too utterly fell in love with it. Taking part in it once more, now on the PS4 and little has modified; a lot because the katamari grows bigger, so too does participant entry to this glorious recreation.
I gained’t get too deep into the ins-and-outs of Katamari Damacy REROLL because it’s primarily the very same recreation because it was in 2018, and CGM’s Joel Couture already did a fairly in depth evaluate of it. So as an alternative, I’m going to make use of this chance to speak about what I believe is the brilliance of Katamari Damacy.
On the floor, Katamari Damacy REROLL can seem to be a foolish arcade recreation about rolling up issues inside a given time restrict—after I began enjoying it, that’s all I believed there was to it. And whereas that’s actually all it must be, I shortly got here to know how a lot was occurring in a quite simple bundle. Initially, I didn’t understand that Katamari Damacy REROLL was categorized as a “puzzle” recreation, and the extra I performed, the extra I used to be unknowingly seeing the sport’s puzzle affect.
Katamari Damacy REROLL doesn’t merely activity you to roll all the pieces up as shortly as doable, nevertheless it challenges you to know each your environment, and the objects round you; navigating their measurement, and strategizing to roll up gadgets as effectively as doable. As your katamari grows, so too does your understanding of every stage; and with each try, your skill to create an even bigger and higher star will get higher.
Nevertheless it’s not simply the intriguing puzzle-based design that made me fall in love with it. There’s a real, meditative to the sport to Katamari Damacy REROLL; and whereas it’s a bit extra fast-paced than a recreation like Stardew Valley, and even one thing like No Man’s Sky, it’s simple to seek out your self zoning out and stepping into the zen of the roll.
It may be fairly soothing to repeatedly roll round an space, slowly selecting up increasingly objects with every flip, and that is compounded by the way in which your katamari slowly will get greater, not solely reflecting the fruits of your labor, however permitting you to seize increasingly objects. It could appear foolish, what with all of the wacky sound results, music, and frantic motion on the display, however when you can disconnect your self from that, it truly is a chilled form of recreation.
Though, particular point out needs to be made to the music in Katamari Damacy REROLL. Very similar to Joel talked about in his evaluate, Katamari Damacy REROLL is a particularly quirky recreation, and one that’s completely bursting with character. The music actually provides loads to the sport’s identification and might be the second-most identifiable factor about it. Very similar to the sport it inhabits, it’s an eclectic number of types, genres, and tempos that make it really feel wholly distinctive to this actually distinctive recreation.
Katamari Damacy REROLL is a pleasant recreation that I extremely suggest. It’s quirky, charming, extraordinarily enjoyable, and far deeper than it initially seems. I do know it might sound cliché, however there actually isn’t anything prefer it and with it’s broad availability on trendy consoles, it’s a recreation that it’s best to undoubtedly play when you haven’t skilled it but.