A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Gameplay teaches the messages of being persistent and positive in the face of adversity and seemingly impossible challenges. Players are trying to remedy mistakes made that could affect the world and the universe in a cartoonish manner.
Positive Role Models
The Prince of All Cosmos is a dutiful son that doesn’t speak or respond to things other than trying to fix the problems his father caused. His dad, the King of All Cosmos, is selfish, vain, and insulting towards the Prince, but it’s even done in a way that’s laughable rather than mean spirited.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is simple and easy to learn, but the challenge comes in learning where the items are that you can collect for the size of ball you’re rolling, while competing against a time limit. Once you’ve learned this, it’s easier to complete levels. Motion controls can be iffy.
Violence & Scariness
Players use a giant ball called a Katamari to collect items, people, and animals in a gigantic sticky mass. While you roll over people, and they may scream, no blood or gore’s shown. The cartoonish visuals also limits the impact of the gameplay.
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Products & Purchases
Latest installment in the Katamari Damacy franchise, which has multiple games across various systems
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to alcoholism but nothing shown.
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Parents Need to Know
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. Players will have to find the best way to help grow their Katamari (or sticky ball) in the shortest amount of time with the items around, which can potentially frustrate players until they figure out the best way to do this. One character makes comments referring to alcoholism through the game, but nothing’s shown. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Katamari Damacy Reroll.
Is It Any Good?
This classic puzzle game returns to roll up fun on a new console, introducing more gamers to this world melding entertainment. Katamari Damacy Reroll is a remastered version of 2004’s classic puzzle game, Katamari Damacy, where 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. Initially, you’ll pick up small objects like paper clips, thumbtacks and orange slices, bat as you gather more and more, the ball gets much larger, allowing you to pick up bigger items as well. 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, as you try to instantly figure out what you can collect, what is too large for your Katamari, and what possible hazards may propel you in a different direction. This can also be a bit challenging as well, because you’re sometimes fighting against the controls to smoothly control the massive ball. The Switch controls here don’t really help; the analog sticks are iffy and the motion controls, while unique to the system, aren’t any better. In fact, playing with the Pro Controller is the best way to maneuver through the environment. But the control issues aside, the charm of the original game returns. Sure, Katamari Damacy Reroll’s not the most graphically intense title, even with remastered visuals, 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.
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