Its been a while since I’ve written a video game review. Despite my promsie that I would review the games I complete this year, I have eight games now to review. So, let’s try and get back on track by reviewing the game I finished back in Feburary, Touch My Katamari.
Touch My Katamari is a PS Vita exclusive game, that is the eleventh entry in the Katamari series. You play as the the Prince who is tasked by his father, the King of All Cosmos, to help him prove that he still the most awesome being in the universe. Yes, you are essentially helping your dad through a mid life crisis. How can the Prince help his father? By rolling as much things together in a ball, called a katamari, as possible. Don’t ask me how this helps, I guess its just as weird as when your dad buys a motorcycle to make himself feel young again. There is also a side story featuring this man called Goro who wants to turn his life around but that subplot doesn’t really have much to do with the actual game.
As you can see, the game’s premise is a little…odd and quite frankly its not the most important part of Touch My Katamari. In fact, the story really is there just as an excuse to get the game started. The most important part is the actual gameplay. For the most part, you will be tasked to make the biggest katamari as possible within the time limit. There are other tasks such as trying to roll up low calorie foods and to make a katamari with high valued items but there are only a few tasks like this in the game. And this is where we come to one of my gripes with the game- the lack of variety in the gameplay. At the end of the day, the game is rolling a ball in different locations. It only took me four hours to complete and that was with me trying to complete some of the optional things as well. When you consider that quite a few places online are selling the game for £30, you’re not getting huge value for money.
Saying all that, Touch My Katatmari is a solid entry into the Katamari series. You get the option of choosing to use the classic Katamari controls or using the control specifically for the PS vita. You can also tell this was a launch title for the Vita in Japan, as the game wants you to use the touch screens to change the shape of your katamari to naviagte areas of the different levels. I’ll be honest, I only really used this feature a couple of times to navigate narrow spaces but it seemed to work pretty well.
I guess the big question is would I recommend you buy Touch My Katamari for you PS Vita? Yes and no. If you are a fan of the katamari series or someone who has large PS Vita library and wants something alittle unique toplay for a few hours, then absolutely, go for it. If you have never played a Katamari game or you’ve just picked up a PS Vita, then its a resounding no. There are plenty of other games that you should try out first before looking to buy Touch My Katamari.
Have you played Touch My Katamari or any of the Katamari games? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll talk to you soon!