I Love Katamari

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Sloppy controls make roll-a-sticky-ball app hard to win.

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Ease of Play

The game uses the accelerometer to move the katamari (a sticky ball to which objects attach)  around on the screen, which is highly intuitive. Unfortunately, overly sensitive controls and tight time constraints make this game particularly challenging, even at the easiest levels. 

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One of the main menu options has a link to see more games from the publisher.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasionally, items like beer bottles and sake appear as objects in the scenarios.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Love Katamari is a game about tilting your iDevice to control a sticky ball that you roll around to collect things. It is based on the console Katamari games. As you roll the Katamari ball, items that are smaller than the ball get stuck to it and the ball grows. A typical challenge will be for you to get your Katamari to be large enough to roll up a specific requested object before the time runs out. Instructions, praise, and criticism is doled out from the King of the Cosmos, a strange and chatty fellow who is incredibly hard to please. This game has an option of connecting to Game Center to post scores and achievements to leaderboards.

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Is it any good?

I LOVE KATAMARI is a familiar title to many console gamers who enjoy the challenge of making a sticky ball (a Katamari) grow by rolling over objects. This version offers many modes, including a story mode and a vacation mode (roll up items typically found on vacation). Unfortunately, the game is more challenging than it should be. The first problem is physics. Once the ball is rolling, it's not so easy to get it to stop. The second problem is that it's not all that simple to roll over something small, like a paper clip. The third problem is one of game design. On many levels you have to roll up most of the items in an area before you're large enough to move on. If you struggle with that paper clip, you'll run out of time. The time constraints are also on the stingy side, requiring close to perfect gaming to end with any time left on the clock. In higher levels, when the Katamari is larger, the game mechanics become more difficult to master. This just makes things more frustrating. It's too bad because the underlying game is wacky fun and it's entertaining to see all of the strange things you can roll up, including people! If you can handle the difficult game mechanics, this is an unusual game to check out.

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