Katamari Damacy is a third-person puzzle-action video game. It was released in Japan in March 2004, and in North America in September 2004. The game’s plot concerns a diminutive prince on a mission to rebuild the stars, constellations, and Moon. This is achieved by rolling a magical, highly adhesive ball called a katamari around various locations, collecting increasingly larger objects.
About Katamari Damacy in brief
Katamari Damacy is a third-person puzzle-action video game developed and published by Namco for the PlayStation 2. It was released in Japan in March 2004, and in North America in September 2004. The game’s plot concerns a diminutive prince on a mission to rebuild the stars, constellations, and Moon, which were inadvertently destroyed by his father, the King of All Cosmos. This is achieved by rolling a magical, highly adhesive ball called a katamari around various locations, collecting increasingly larger objects. The player uses the two analog sticks on the DualShock controller in a manner similar to the classic arcade game Battlezone. A high-definition remaster of the game was released on Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch in December 2018, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2020. Some critics have called it one of the greatest games of all time. It led to the creation of the Katamari franchise, and inspired the development of other video games, such as The Binding of Isaac and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and The Descendants. It has been described as a “puzzle game for the 21st century” and “a classic for the 3rd- and 4th-graders” by the developers of the original game. It is available in Japanese, English, and American versions, as well as in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, with an English version available in the US and Canada for $16.99. In Japan, the game is still available in English, with a German version available for $14.99, and a French version for $15.99 in the U.S.
and Canada. It can also be played in the UK and Australia for £9.99 and £12.99 respectively, with prices starting at £7.99 for the UK version and £10 for the Australian version. The UK version has a different story line, with the player controlling a 5-centimeter-tall prince who goes to Earth with a magical ball that allows anything smaller than it to stick to it and make it grow. A side-story follows the Hoshino family as the Prince works at his tasks, and the daughter, whose name is Michiru, can feel when each constellation returns to the sky. Ultimately, the family, along with their house and town, are rolled up in the k atamari that is used to remake the moon. Other missions have more specific rules such as collecting as many items as possible within a time frame, or collecting the largest item within a given time frame. The typical mission is the Star of the Cosmos, where the player needs to make a star of the largest possible size within a certain time frame to score a score. In this manner, the player might start by picking up thumbtacks and slowly work up to picking up buildings, mountains, and clouds. Once they are picked up, they can be chased down, allowing the player to gain access to areas that were formerly blocked. As objects stick to the kat amari, they will eventually grow up once they are chased down.