A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Touch My Katamari is a portable version of the popular puzzle/arcade game. As with other titles in the series, players will try to build the biggest ball of objects they can, under the sarcastic and discouraging eye of the King of All Cosmos. The King is a pompous buffoon, but his attitude is played humorously. His body-suit is skin-tight, though, and might be a bit too revealing for younger players. The game asks players to run over objects to collect them, and people caught in the stickiness may yelp, but no one is shown as hurt.
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What's it about?
Under orders from the King of All Cosmos, a small prince must gather items of various sizes onto a Katamari, a sticky ball, by rolling it over them. Players can now morph the shape of the Katamari (which has historically always been a ball) using the Vita's touchscreen controls.
TOUCH MY KATAMARI has a separate story, which has nothing to do with gameplay: When a child asks his father whether the King of All Cosmos or his principal is greater, the father hesitates. As he considers the answer, the mother dubs them \"equally awesome\". Overhearing this sends the king, a megalomaniac, into a depression and he commands the Prince to gather more Katamari so that he might win back people's admiration.
Is it any good?
Like previous Katamari games, this entry in the series is mainly about pushing a ball around and gathering objects to make it bigger. There are often time limits in which to accomplish this and minimum sizes you must achieve, but it's basically the same goal on each level. It's fun, addictive gameplay, but there's very little that hasn't been a part of previous installments.
The series trademark humor is intact -- and it even winks at the string of disappointing past sequels. Unfortunately, Touch My Katamari does not move things forward enough to stand out from the pack. While it's a very good portable version of the game, the series has been around long enough that there doesn't seem a need to take it on the go. True fans will have fun -- but can probably wait until the price drops.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important to keep trying, even when the people you're working for aren't encouraging. Families can also discuss how a positive attitude can make monotonous work more enjoyable.
When playing a puzzle game like this one, in what ways does this game make you think?
- Platforms: PlayStation Vita
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Namco Bandai
- Release date: February 21, 2012
- Genre: Puzzle
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Comic Mischief, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
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