To some of you, Beautiful Katamari may be a brand new concept. Others may have played Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari on the PS2 and may or may not be a fan of the genre.
The Japanese word Katamari translates in English into Sticky Ball and that’s literally what this game’s about. Here is a Beautiful Katamari walkthrough for you. As a little fella you push a ball around the levels like a sort of crazy dungbeetle, picking up objects that are smaller than the ball and making it grow in size. As it gets bigger you can pick up larger items you couldn’t before and so the addiction begins. That’s essentially all you do in this game and it’s as weird as it sounds.
This time the King of all Cosmos has accidentally made a black hole which has sucked lots of things into it, so it’s up to you as the little Prince and his cousins to roll up items to make new stars, planets and satellites and put the Cosmos back into some kind of order.
Sometimes you just have to get the biggest ball possible in a time limit, other times you have to pick up mostly valuable items, drinks or plants. When time’s up the King rates your planet and puts it into the sky for you to view at your leisure.
If you’ve played previous games to death you may wish to give this a miss unless the new online vs mode floats your boat. Now you can play Beautiful Katamari for Xbox 360 on Xbox Live instead of split screen and then see who really does have the biggest balls.
There are also lots of little extras to unlock as you go and of course, this being on a more powerful console, the game still has the simple look but now it’s just a lot shinier. And of course there’s that theme tune that sticks in your head and other new Japanese Beautiful Katamari soundtrack which you’ll either love or loathe. Beautiful Katamari gets a very pretty 7 out of 10.