iPhone App Review: I Love Katamari
Name: I Love Katamari (iTunes Link)
Written By: Namco Networks America Inc.
Size: 84.0 MB
Requirements: iPhone / iPod Touch
â€œI Love Katamariâ€ is a fun and addictive puzzle game created by Namco. It can also be found on various gaming platforms, but the version for the iPhone and iPod touch brings you an experience you canâ€™t find anywhere else.
As the story goes, â€œThe King of All Cosmos has accidentally knocked all the stars out of the sky during a crazy night out. It is up to the pint-sized Prince to put the twinkle back in the heavens.â€ You play the role of the young prince whoâ€™s undying wish is to please his father. The King of All Cosmos sends the young prince to Earth to bring back his requested object.
The object of the game is to roll a katamari (a very adhesive ball) around various locations to collect interesting objects such as pencils, push pins, sushi, and more! Larger objects can be rolled up in your katamari as its diameter increases. I know this sounds very weird, but itâ€™s also highly addictive and youâ€™ll find yourself tiling your iPhone/iPod touch in all directions.
Keep in mind that rolling the desired object is the goal and not rolling everything in sight. The game features a few play modes: Story Mode (find and roll-up the Kingâ€™s requested object), Time Attack Mode (roll up as much as possible in a limited time), Exact Size Challenge Mode (match exactly a requested katamari size), and Eternal Mode (roll at your own pace without any time or size limit). Finishing the challenge in Story Modes opens up new adventures for you though.
The graphics of the game are fun and the music is entertaining. My only concern is the speed of the animation, but hopefully that will be fixed in the next update. Try out â€œI Love Katamari Liteâ€ (iTunes Link) to get the feel of the game, which includes the first level.
This was originally published and featured in iProng Magazine Issue #36.
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