Parents need to know that "Katamari Damacy Reroll" is a puzzle game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The game is a remastered version of the original "Katamari Damacy" game that was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2. Players control a small figure trying to roll up objects, people and animals to create stars and other celestial bodies by using a sticky ball. While you run over things you come across, and you may hear some screams as you move over people and living creatures, no blood or gore is shown. Plus, the cartoonish visuals limit the impact of steamrolling over people. One character makes comments referring to alcoholism through the game, but nothing's shown.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
"Katamari Damacy Reroll" starts when the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys the stars and other celestial bodies after soaring through the galaxy. Suddenly noticing his mistake, but not wanting to take responsibility for his actions, the King decides to send his son, the Prince, down to Earth to collect other items that he'll turn into replacements. Thanks to the Katamari (a magical ball that's incredibly sticky), the Prince will gather as many objects as he can, helping the ball to grow in size until it can slowly start to pick up larger objects. But the Prince will have to act fast – his father will give him a limited amount of time to collect items before he's whisked back to space to showcase what he's gathered. Can the Prince collect enough items and restore the cosmos?
IS IT ANY GOOD?
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This classic puzzle game returns to roll up fun on a new console, introducing more gamers to this world melding entertainment. Players are tasked with remaking the stars and planets in the sky after they've been accidentally destroyed. But you're not gathering comets or burned out stars; instead, thanks to the Katamari ball that you're always moving, you're gathering an odd mix of items. By the end of the game, you'll be rolling up buildings, boats and even continents. It's very quirky and strange, but that's part of the game's charm, which will keep you playing a stage over and over to make larger stars or improve on your collections.
But this isn't a leisurely gathering of items – you're given a short time limit to grow your Katamari before creating a replacement star or planet. That adds a bit of pressure to each play area and can also be a bit challenging, because you're sometimes fighting against the controls.
The analog sticks are iffy and the motion controls, while unique to the system, aren't any better. But the control issues aside, the charm of the original game returns. Sure, "Katamari Damacy Reroll" is not the most graphically intense title, but its true appeal is in its addictive music and gameplay. If you're looking for a fun puzzler, you should consider rolling this game into your collection.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 8 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Positive messages: 2 out of 5
Positive role models: 1 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
Violence and scariness: 1 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 1 out of 5
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Bandai Namco
Release date: December 7, 2018
ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence
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