Just as a good many popular games often stubbornly refuse to come down in price, so too is there often the odd quirky title that resolutely stays fixed in the upper echelons of the consumer catalogue, much to the annoyance of the thrifty gamer. Enter Katamari, the quirkiest of quirky games, which sees you rolling around various environment trying to pick increasingly large objects up with your incredibly sticky ball. Don't read anything into that.
If you are in any way curious about what might happen if a team of Japanese developers took a load of acid and then ate an entire sweet shop, then this is the game for you, and you can finally pick it up for under £15 thanks to Simply Games, netting you a saving of nearly £4 on the nearest competitor (Tesco - £18.47).
It's quite hard to explain the premise of Katamari to anyone (although if you think this is weird check out Noby Noby Boy by the same guys), but here it goes. The King of All Cosmos, who's a colourful gentleman with a DJ's turntable for a voice, gets a bit angry when the Prince and his cousins construct a robot version of him that goes on a rampage and destroys all of the stars. He decides to send the Prince - who is shaped like a lime Tic-Tac on legs - all over earth, and eventually a whole host of other places too, to roll up bundles of stuff with his sticky ball (the titular Katamari) and fashion new stars.
There are 34 levels, with some taking place in the present and others taking place in the mind of the King who manages to bump his head and forget everything meaning you have to roll more stuff to fill his head again. There's an offline multiplayer mode, a bunch of unlockables and a load of online leaderboards to keep you coming back. And you probably will.
Katamari is one of those games that's really like no other. It's a wonderfully colourful experience with plenty of humorous touches and a kick-ass Jpop soundtrack. It's addictive, too, stuffed with content, and strangely manages to steal your time without you really noticing. The multiplayer is awful, to be honest, and it's a shame that there's no online play as in Beautiful Katamari; but if you're looking for a good game that's a little bit out of the ordinary, this is it.
Thanks to zerowing at HUKD