• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Sep 21, 2004
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  • Summary: (Also known as "Katamari Damashii" ) In Katamari Damacy, players take on the role of Prince of the Cosmos, whose father ­ the great King ­ managed to inadvertently knock the stars out of the sky. As the prince, a player's duty is to clean up the King's mess and re-create the starry skies by(Also known as "Katamari Damashii" ) In Katamari Damacy, players take on the role of Prince of the Cosmos, whose father ­ the great King ­ managed to inadvertently knock the stars out of the sky. As the prince, a player's duty is to clean up the King's mess and re-create the starry skies by rolling around the cleverly designed locations to collect objects and build up their 'katamari' -- a Japanese word for clump or large mass. The catch is that it's not the quality or the actual number of objects gathered that is most critical to the player's success, but instead the sheer size of the player's 'katamari' that is most important. Along the way, players can roll over hundreds of unusual objects of all sizes and shapes including cookies, cars, mermaids, planes, clouds and even people. The larger the player's 'katamari' grows, the more objects the player can amass along the way -- thus proving if you want to succeed in Katamari Damacy -- size does matter. Katamari Damacy features a single-player story mode and a two-player battle mode. The simple game play mechanics allow for optimal ball rolling and object collecting fun. [Namco] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 96
    One of the greatest video games ever made. [JPN Import]
  2. Simple, addictive, colorful, and cheap; twenty dollars gets you about ten hours of entertainment, and more if you're a completionist. It's also difficult to describe in any way that makes any sort of sense, since it's one of those uniquely Japanese games that seems to have been conceptualized in the depths of a fever dream.
  3. At twenty bucks, this game is a steal, and the unadulterated joy and hallucinogenic aura you experience makes it a must-play for anyone with a Playstation 2.
  4. TotalGames.net
    88
    Very few games today are so brazenly simplistic yet still so huge in scale so this really is a rare treat.
  5. Probably the craziest game I've played in years. The simplistic control and wonky concept have me locked into seemingly day-long games. And wow, it's so worth it to build a bigger Katamari after each round and watch the King of the Universe turn it into a star. Too cool. I'm amazed at how such a simple game is so addicting.
  6. GMR Magazine
    80
    The game has an amazing energy and great joy. Its unfettered creativity is astounding, and this is where Katamari truly excels. [Nov 2004, p.110]
  7. The visuals are dated but everything else about Katamari Damacy is too wonderfully weird in its simplicity for anyone to explain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 46
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
  3. Negative: 4 out of 46
  1. AdamJ.
    Oct 20, 2004
    10
    I bought this game after reading good reviews on this site. It's the most fun game I've played in a long time. [Ed: nice....] I bought this game after reading good reviews on this site. It's the most fun game I've played in a long time. [Ed: nice....] It's a short game, but I can't stop replaying levels trying to do better. Amazing that it's under $20. Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game appeals to a person on such a basal level that the game can be both challenging and accessible at the same time. The graphics are basic, seemingly from a generation BACK, but it quickly becomes obvious why when in later levels, you start at a size of 4cm and grow large enough to pull up crustal plates!

    Not since 'Jumping Flash' have I played something so bizarre and so incredible.

    ...and the music. My god.

    Stellar, absolutely stellar. Highest Possible Recommendation.
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  3. Fighter17
    Dec 25, 2004
    10
    One ball, pick up anything you what, you are happy. Get this game right now.
  4. RichardW.
    Dec 18, 2005
    10
    Worth every penny! Anyone who dismisses the hardcore fun this game brings is simply too prejudiced against any game that isn't an M Worth every penny! Anyone who dismisses the hardcore fun this game brings is simply too prejudiced against any game that isn't an M rated first person shooter to be a real gamer. Never gets old! Expand
  5. RistoA.
    Jan 18, 2007
    10
    Excellent game and suitable for just about anyone. Something else than shooting and violence for a change.
  6. Jun 22, 2020
    9
    One of the funniest, ridiculous games I’ve ever played. The soundtrack is superb and the gameplay is extremely unique.
  7. HaterofK.
    Mar 28, 2006
    0
    This is by far the worst game of all time. Anyone who likes to play this game needs to get a life and grow up, unless your a kid and then I This is by far the worst game of all time. Anyone who likes to play this game needs to get a life and grow up, unless your a kid and then I can see that you would like this. It has the worst music of anything I have ever heard and the characters are so freaking retarded they make me want to hurt someone. If I could I would flat out slap the creator in the face. Expand

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#18 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#56 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004