Nah-n-nah-na-na-nah-nah-nah, Katamari Damacy!
Having never before played (or indeed, heard of!) any of the Katamari series previous to stumbling across this little gem, i was completely astounded as to why i hadn't. Quite simply, this game is awesome.
The idea is simple. You play 'The Prince' (or one of his cousins), who's job it is to go around collecting items by rolling a sticky ball (known as a Katamari) round each level at the request of his majesty the King or the Robo-King. The larger your Katamari becomes, the larger the objects you can pick up.. You will often have some sort of mission to complete, be it picking up certain types or a certain number of objects, reaching a target size within a set time-limit or simply making your Katamari as big as possible.. If you fail, you are punished, and then you try again.. and that's basically it.
The game looks cute, sounds fantastic and plays like a dream.. It has satisfying, simple to learn yet hard to master controls meaning that when you delicately curve your Katamari round a corner, following a line of items and hit every single one, you feel like a million bucks - even with the King's put-downs!! (seriously, you have to perfect a level to even get a compliment out of that guy!! ;^)
Warning, you may find yourself singing the soundtrack to yourself in the most inopportune places - i've been caught at work on at least two occasions already!!
Also it's the scale of the game, there are several levels where you start out at a size where you can fit through mouseholes, but end the level the size of a planet, picking up entire cities, mountain ranges or even continents!! Simply brilliant.
I have never played anything quite as addictive as Katamari Forever, and i'm not sure i ever will again. I have already lost a lot of sleep - and it doesn't look like i'm going to be getting any for the foreseeable future!
So, yes... All-out Japanese madness. It makes no sense, and in my opinion, the game KNOWS it makes no sense, which i think is why i love it, pardon the pun, but you just have to 'roll' with it!