I think that it’s fair to say that Katamari Damacy changed up the gaming genre when it was first released back in 2004. While everything at the time was about shooting, sports, racing, and action Katamari Damacy was about rolling whatever you can into a ball and shooting it up into the sky to create stars. Now years later in 2020, that same exact event has found itself to come into play again. Katamari Damacy being released on newer gen consoles feels like you’re meeting an old friend and making up for all the lost time you had with them. Once again or maybe even for the first time, you find yourself saving that cosmos and restoring balance among the galaxy.
In Katamari Damacy Reroll the plot remains the same that it always has been. Your father, the King Of All Cosmos, has destroyed all the stars and constellations in the galaxy except for planet Earth and assigned you the Prince the task of rebuilding the cosmos using only your Katamari ball. To do so you must go to Earth and roll up whatever you can get your little ball on; Shoes, pencils, flowers, food, pets, you name it, it’s getting turned into a star. The plot alone adds to the silliness and the sheer attractiveness to Reroll alone. It also sounds like a pretty simple and easy task to accomplish right? It all depends on how much patience you have.
In-game the goal of every level is to grow your Katamari to a specific size before the time runs out, which is about 10-15 minutes each level. If you don’t reach your target goal you fail and have to try again. It may seem simple at first but there are more factors at play than it seems.
Looking at the gameplay of Reroll,controlling your Katamari proves itself to be somewhat of a challenge. You have to alternate between your two thumbsticks in order to fully control the direction you want your ball to move, the movement speed, and where it turns. It does prove itself to be an absolute pain at times especially when you forget which analog controls what exactly and the correct movement you have to perform to turn your ball to the left or the right.
However, that’s the fun factor of Reroll. After a couple of tries, I did end up getting a hang of the controls, but the next difficult task that was in my way was rolling the objects up in general. In most levels, you will have objects that will bump into you either damaging your Katamari and sending objects you’ve already rolled up flying or sending your Katamari and you along with it across the map. Also when you try to roll over an item that is too big for your Katamari it bounces you back and knocks items off it as well. I can’t even begin to tell you all the times I wanted to slam my controller on the ground after failing a level because I lost all my items to due a bunch of cats rushing and hitting me nonstop.
The levels vary from each other in theme and setting so it never feels like you’re rolling up the same items over and over again. In the challenge mode constellation levels, you’re tasked with rolling up specific items that pertain to the constellation that you’re rebuilding. For example, to rebuild Cancer you have to collect as many crabs as you can and for Taurus you have to roll up the biggest cow you can find. I found these levels to be very charming and thought most of them to be enjoyable. The levels themselves aren’t very long and if you don’t fail often you will find that Reroll proves itself to be a very short game. It’s kind of upsetting but for the $30 asking price I say that’s pretty fair.
The soundtrack across the whole series is absolutely amazing, including Reroll. The jazzy and upbeat music lowers all frustrations that you may have and just instantly washes it away. All I know is when I heard “Lonely Rolling Star” play throughout the level I didn’t care if I failed the level or not, I was happy regardless. The graphics are so vibrant and colorful in each of the levels and add to the wackiness and chaotic energy that Reroll brings to the table.
With Katamari Damacy getting a remake we can only hope other titles such as We Love Katamari also get a chance at being revived as well. For now, it’s nice to see that the series hasn’t been forgotten and for those who haven’t been able to try this gem finally get a chance to.
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by the publisher.Want to keep up to date with the latest Xt reviews, Xt opinions and Xt content? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.