Gamers in 2018 are no strangers to remakes and remasters, and Katamari Damacy Reroll is another shining example of how they can be done right. This is not a remake of the original game but a polished version of the 2004 classic we all know and love.
The Katamari series started on the Sony PlayStation 2 and continued exclusively on PlayStation until Damacy was ported to mobile phones in 2007. Later that year, we saw the release of Beautiful Katamari for the Microsoft Xbox 360. Now, for the first time, a Katamari title is available on the PC and Nintendo Switch.
In Katamari Damacy Reroll, you play as a character known as the Prince. You’re on a mission to rebuild the stars, moons, and constellations after your father, King of All Cosmos, accidentally destroyed them. To do this, you’ll use a Katamari, which is essentially a small ball that sticks to anything it touches. The more you roll up, the bigger items you’re able to catch. This process snowballs until you’re able to roll up entire cities. Along the way, you’ll capture various presents and other characters similar to the Prince who are known as Cousins. While you can’t play as the cousins in single-player mode like you can in other titles, they can be used in multiplayer mode.
I know running around while rolling up giant piles of junk might sound weird to some people who have never played Katamari, but don’t let that deter you from trying it. This game is incredibly therapeutic. There are time limits during each level, but I never felt like I had trouble passing most levels. With hundreds of items to roll up and the pure joy of doing it, there’s plenty of replay value for you here.
Like I said, this is a polished version of the original game, so there’s not much in the way of new content. Where Damacy truly shines, though, is in its art style, which looks even more amazing than ever, and in its unique soundtrack that won’t leave your head for weeks after playing. The story is the same, but the cutscenes have been remade and look wonderful on the Nintendo Switch. As for controls, you play just as you would have played in the original. But handheld mode offers new gyro controls, and you can shake the Joy-Con to make the Prince dash. The new control options are appreciated, but I feel the game is best played the way it was originally intended, and I recommend playing with a Pro Controller if you can.
I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about the camera, and while there were times when I had trouble seeing certain things because the camera was backed up into objects on screen, this never took away from the joy of playing the game. Most of the time, I was having so much fun that I barely noticed it. Plus, the original game had these same issues, so anybody who has played Katamari Damacy probably won’t think twice about it.
Picking Katamari back up after all these years was a delight and a true reminder of why I fell in love with the series all those years ago. Katamari Damacy Reroll brings new life to a wonderful game and is a must-play for newcomers to the franchise. Whether there’s enough here to warrant a repurchase for those of you who own previous titles is ultimately up to you, but for a price tag of only $29.99, it’ll be hard for anyone to argue against it.
Zach’s hobbies include playing video games, taking photographs, and watching football.