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  • Summary: [Playstation Network] The latest game from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi, NOBY NOBY BOY lets players expand their imaginations as they stretch a creature named BOY to incredible lengths across the playground-like planets of the solar system. Offering a unique play experience from one of the video game industry's most creative minds, NOBY NOBY BOY gives players complete freedom to create gameplay suited to their tastes. As BOY, players can eat and spit out nearly everything they encounter in the game, from people and animals to trees and buildings, helping them to gain length as they stretch their elongated body. Players can control BOY’s front and back ends using the Playstation 3 controller's two analog sticks, allowing for detailed movements such as tying themselves into knots or threading BOY through holes in the environment. NOBY NOBY BOY allows players to record video footage as they play and upload it directly to YouTube for easy viewing. Delivering a new and innovate approach to online gaming, NOBY NOBY BOY lets players collaborate to unlock new game stages. As players stretch BOY in their individual play sessions, the lengths to which they grow are uploaded to a persistent character known as GIRL, who grows at the same rate as the combined length of all the players in the world. GIRL starts at Earth and expands through the solar system as more games are played and BOYs from all players continue to grow. When GIRL reaches a new milestone in the solar system, these areas are unlocked as playable stages in the game for everyone around the world. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. By some combination of cunning and magic, it makes you a child again. It helps you rediscover the bottomless fascination and joy you had in discovering the properties of string, or sand, or animals, or Newtonian physics for the very first time. It makes you free to play, and happy to make your own entertainment, for hours on end.
  2. 85
    Aside from being in a league of its own, Noby Noby Boy is so charming it can transform you from a respectable adult to a child in minutes. Don’t resist the urge – rediscover why you decided to play games in the first place.
  3. Much like Flower, there’s not much of a game or a point to Noby Noby Boy, but the cool community aspect of working together to unlock new locales for you to explore is a really unique hook that makes this a game you can come back to more often to see the progress towards that next planet.
  4. 75
    It's a highly compelling new form of social gaming, if only because the already-bizarre nature of the experience makes the promise of new settings and potential abilities an exciting prospect.
  5. If you're willing to give Noby Noby Boy a chance, if you fancy something a little different, hell, very different, you'll find fun from Noby Noby Boy's bizarre world.
  6. 70
    Sure it is aimless, frankly quite off-the-wall-zany, and definitely a little repetitive but it also manages to be kind of fun.
  7. Even though Noby Noby Boy's shallow antics aren't fun or interesting enough to justify the lack of actual goals or structure, there's just too much new and quirky stuff here to not be deserving of its incredibly meager $5 asking price.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Aug 23, 2010
    10
    caterpillar man make his self real long then he go put his length in girls mouth which makes her get real long, if you know what i am sayin brotha, this real big time porn only 4 dollar, get that big time my brotha. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2011
    6
    A good game because it challenges the notions of what gaming can be but an even better toy - a goalless playground intended for children but that is just as entertaining for adults. It's all at once wacky, cute, crude (there is farting), and of course fun. Getting the hang of the controls is tricky at first but in no time you'll be feeding Girl your length to help her reach Uranus. Expand
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    6
    Similar to Katamari Damacy but designed so a toddler could see the appeal. The controls require you to read the manual which may ruin it for younger players. The game takes the 'grow' objective from Katamari Damacy and throws away objectives and context, so the only thing you might play it for is just the fun of the moment, and the dozen or so hidden trophies. I got a few trophies during the first ten minutes and quickly nearly a third of them. Some of the remaining ones frustrate me, so I'm taking a break from the game. When it's on sale on PSN, the price of admission is fair for a peek into some polished but very experimental game design. Expand
  4. Dec 18, 2013
    0
    There's absolutely nothing you can do in this game. People say that there's no point and you should have fun, but how can I have fun if there's nothing to do? Expand

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