Katamari is a puzzle game that revolves around the collection of items via rolling over them with your “Katamari.” Many people are aware of this series, its “tough but fair” gameplay, and the quirky charm. To close each level, and satiate the whims of The King of All Cosmos, you must grow your Katamari to the size required within the allotted time. If you barely skate by on the size requirement, your Katamari will score poorly. If you are shooting for a perfect score of one hundred, you must have an intimate knowledge of the level.
As you are rolling around each area, scooping up hundreds upon hundreds of items, you will see each item appear briefly in the bottom corner of the screen. During your first few routes through the level, you might not pay much attention to these items. As you continue to play and become more confident in your control, you might find yourself taking more note of the things you absorb. More than once, I’ve found myself chuckling at something that I’ve rolled up. For most, the enjoyment ends there.
I’ve shared this before, but it’s worth a more significant highlight. The Katamari collection within each game contains thousands upon thousands of lines of text, most of which have that whimsical Katamari style humor. Every item in the game has it’s own individual entry, and more often than not, it contains a lighthearted joke. The collection becomes even more impressive when you take into account that the last level in the game includes the opportunity to roll up the vast majority of countries on earth. In addition to each country’s inclusion in the game, Katamari also contains a large amount of real-life “wonders,” including the likes of Angkor Wat and the Pyramids. Each Katamari game has a different description of the same items, which makes this largely overlooked inclusion worth highlight even further.
My first Katamari game was “Me and My Katamari” for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). I had never heard of the series before, and to be quite honest, I am not sure why I decided to purchase this game. I recall walking into the local GameStop, seeing the box art, thinking it was unique and fun, and buying the game. I popped the UMD in my PSP before leaving the mall and became addicted to the gameplay sitting inside the food court. Since this time, I’ve come to purchase and appreciate almost every Katamari game to date. This series represents an essential milestone in my gaming adventure. Before playing Katamari, I rarely looked at games from Japan, but this series helped me open my mind and broaden my horizons.
Also: make sure to check out @KatamariItems on twitter for semi regular updates on each and every item in the full Katamari Collection.