We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie – Review

Our Score: 9/10

We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie is the second game in the Katamari Damacy series and its back and has been enhanced and remastered! With this updated REROLL, the aesthetics and gameplay have been improved. Play katamari as the young King of All Cosmos in Royal Reverie!

Reroll Time

All the stars in the universe were mistakenly annihilated by the King of the Cosmos. He instructed his son, the Prince, to build a huge katamari and dispatched him to Earth. The Prince rolled the katamari and increased its size while rolling up everything on earth. He constructed a shimmering, floating object called a katamari that restored the starry sky. The King’s followers steadily increased in number all throughout the earth as the starry sky returned. The Prince kept rolling the katamari in order to fulfil everyone’s aspirations, and the King wished to answer to the fans’ wishes for his success.

We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie - Beach

In this game, you play as a sticky ball with odd controls that must roll over smaller, low-poly objects to grow as big as you can in the allotted time while being constantly reprimanded by a fabulous, Esperanto-speaking monarch who speaks a tonne of double-entendre-filled dialogue. Despite all odds, the initial game was a success back in 2004, which led to a follow-up called We Love Katamari a year later.

The initial Katamari Damacy game’s biggest flaw was that it was a little too brief. The game would finish as soon as the riddles became utterly ludicrous. We Love Katamari rectified that problem by becoming significantly bigger, with more stages and a greater range of task-related goals. Not to mention a funny storyline built on the popularity of the first game, in which you and the King of All Cosmos literally execute tasks for fans of the first game out of pure arrogance. It’s fantastic and beautiful. Thankfully, a remastered version of the game is now available after an almost five-year wait, just like Bandai Namco did with the original.

How To Katamari

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The Prince is dispatched to Earth to roll up materials to create new planets and stars, and the gameplay functions largely as it did before. You accomplish this by pushing a large ball known as a katamari, which becomes attached to items as they are ran over. You start the game rolling your katamari over dominoes and paper clips; by the time it’s over, it’s skyscrapers and continents.

While the graphics are simplistic, the scale and sheer absurdity of the concept are surprisingly motivating. In some of the larger levels, you move your katamari from one end of the scale to the other as it grows bigger and bigger.

The two analogue sticks, which operate similarly to tank controls, are the only way you can interact with the game. Because of this, moving can be a little uncomfortable at first, but you rapidly grow used to it, and even though levels sometimes have time constraints, it rarely gets to the wire.

Remaster Rolls

We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie - Notebook

Five brand-new missions named Royal Reverie are exclusive to this remaster and were drawn from the King’s earlier adventures. Here, you play as him rather than the Prince in situations that are noticeably more challenging (the one where hitting a ghost results in an immediate failure is especially aggravating). Even while the levels themselves aren’t new and you’re still just rolling up items for various absurd reasons, the new content isn’t really befitting of the title’s first position.

As you battle for control of the katamari with a friend, something that would only ever be funny while playing in the same room as the other person, We Love Katmari also features a delightful co-op mode that seems to encourage anything but. A competitive battle mode is also available, but it’s considerably less engaging.

Final Verdict

We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie is a great remaster of a cult classic title that people can now experience in the best way possible. It’s an incredibly unique game that you don’t really see these days and has its own great vibe.

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