Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
Buy On
  1. Really, there's no way you can go wrong with this purchase, especially considering it is only 39.99 for a complete package. And at 2.50 a stage, the downloadable content really isn't all that badly priced, either.
  2. Beautiful Katamari is a great game for fans, but not something that will interest those who didn't like the first three.
  3. Sure, Beautiful Katamari is a little short on new ideas and online play has yet to prove itself. But the game is still blindingly bright, and a bargain at $40.
  4. Official Xbox Magazine
    80
    It clearly aims to include everyone and exclude no one, and that's just plain refreshing amid a holiday season stuffed full of deadly serious, high-learning-curve me-toos. [Nov 2007, p.96]
  5. Expanded multiplayer options would've made this even more remarkable, especially with online co-op. As it stands, however, Katamari's a ball.
  6. 80
    There's a reason that people fell in love with Katamari Damacy a few years ago -- it's an addicting and utterly charming experience.
  7. If you miss Beautiful Katamari... you're just missing out.
  8. Not a massive improvement on the PS2 games, but Beautiful retains all the humour and joy you'd expect. For 360 owners, especially, Beautiful Katamari is a refreshing change of pace.
  9. The novelty of the series may be gone, but its core stands as a good game idea. It won’t win any beauty pageants, but a big enough Katamari could win a county fair.
  10. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    80
    Never has picking up rubbish felt so good. [Jan 2008, p.92]
  11. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    80
    Mad as a brush and all the better for it, Katamari’s combination of a very simple concept coupled with some wonderful physics, brilliant level design, challenging objectives and charming visuals gives it a goofy charm that’s hard to dislike.
  12. Feels reassuringly familiar, but also fresh and new.
  13. Games Master UK
    79
    Worth your money by virtue of being totally unique. [Mar 2008, p.67]
  14. 78
    There’s a decent attempt to extend game through online multiplayer but once again Katamari’s biggest downfall is that the magic is short lived. Even with the few problems I’ve mentioned the game is still a joy to behold and a guaranteed smile in a box.
  15. The game is entirely addictive, and even when things are going wrong for you, you'll have this ridiculous desire to continue playing to see if you can beat the level once and for all. That's why I call it "good ol' evil Katamari."
  16. Those who have lost interest in the katamari series may feel disappointed as no advancements on the formula have been made since the inception of the series.
  17. Nothing much has changed in the world of Katamari and this is both a good thing and a bad thing, but one thing is for certain and that is that Beautiful Katamari for the Xbox 360 is still charming and fun.
  18. For people new to the series, download the demo and see if the gameplay clicks with you. If it does, then you’ll probably get your money’s worth out of a purchase.
  19. 76
    It's as addictive and amusing as it ever has been, so if you can put up with the quirks and shortcomings, take The Prince for a roll.
  20. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    76
    Bonkers beyond belief, it's not the best in the series, but it's certainly good enough. [Apr 2008, p.74]
  21. 75
    The game is also rather short, but when every outrageous environment is so chock full of goodies, and the atmosphere so relentlessly positive, it's still hard to resist playing just one more time.
  22. Beautiful Katamari includes few surprises, but it does offer up more of the enchanting gameplay and charming atmosphere the series is known for.
  23. Was I ever surprised when I found myself recommending this game for my ten-year old nephew as well as my twenty-three-year old wife. This game can remind even the most serious gamer of what it was like to play games when they were a child. The storyline is ridiculous, the gameplay is simple, the controls are somewhat difficult, and the graphics are old school but overall this game pulled me in and got me hooked.
  24. It combines most aspects of the older titles and upgrades them into the world of high def. While the original "wow" factor is no longer there, it's still worth it.
  25. It's a routine that does need a bit of innovation. Just don't stray too far away from the formula or you may find your fanbase decrease like the stars in the sky after a day with the King.
  26. Pelit (Finland)
    75
    Beautiful Katamari is the same old Katamari with high definition graphics. That's it - and it's also very short. Still the original quirky idea provides a few hours of gay old time.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    7
    game is still fun and co-op is a nice addiction but i think a solo mode would have been better as without local friends or internetgame is still fun and co-op is a nice addiction but i think a solo mode would have been better as without local friends or internet connection it becomes unplayable literally Full Review »
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    8
    Where do I start? This game keeps you interested, just when you think the ball you are meticulously rolling has gotten huge, it only getsWhere do I start? This game keeps you interested, just when you think the ball you are meticulously rolling has gotten huge, it only gets bigger and bigger! This game is great. With so many quirky and questionable Asian themes and songs you truly get a feel of an out of this world experience. This is a great addition to the true namco Katamari fan. The major drawback was the camera angles and the length of play. That's why this fun game only gets an 8 from me. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2013
    8
    Totally addictive and fun as hell. I picked this up not expecting much. Actually I had no clue what to expect as I had never played a KatamariTotally addictive and fun as hell. I picked this up not expecting much. Actually I had no clue what to expect as I had never played a Katamari game before, only knew them by reputation.

    The levels are short and chaotic, but boy do they have huge replay value. I wish I could be more descriptive but I can't. This is a game that everyone should play at least once. It is strange as can be, but I'm sure that's just the culture barrier in the way (it doesn't matter, but it's there.)

    Overall:
    A very strange but highly enjoyable game that I can some up in one word: Fun!
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