Na naaaaaa, na na na na na na naah, na nah nah na na naaaah.
Admit it, you saw the word Katamari and the song immediately starting playing in your head. It’s ok, me too. Of course, this only applies if you’ve played a Katamari game. If not, boy prepare yourself.
That’s right folks, my entry for W is one of the Katamari games: We Love Katamari
We Love Katamari was my first Katamari game and, unsurprisingly if you know anything about my gaming loves, still my favourite. I was introduced to ths bizarre game at university, at the same time I was introduced to another favourite, Persona 4. And what an introduction!
Bright colours, loud cheerful music, strange concept and unlikely controls all at once. Katamari games generally use only analog sticks to control The Prince, who pushes a little sticky something around, with one stick for forward/reverse and another to control the direction you point in. It takes a short while to get used to, but kind of feels natural after a while.
Presented with these controls and the sticky ball thing (the eponymous Katamari), I am set free, rolling around collecting anything that will stick. Starting on a tabletop perhaps, you are tasked with rolling up various items. For now, these might be push pins, paperclips and beads. Later you might start in a garden and roll up flowers, insects and frogs. Each level is a different environment, a different challenge and a different end goal. Ultimately you work up from desk to kitchen, from house to city, from country to the world.
The level goals are sent by The King of All Cosmos, and if you don’t meet those requirements, he will zap you into non existence, but kindly let you try again. Also, he LOVES puns.
I find the Katamari games hard to describe, and it’s a game series that need to be experienced for oneself. It is a joyful game that I now push in everyone’s direction. My only issue is that currently the most recent Katamari games weren’t great (Touch My Katamari on Vita, Tap My Katamari and Amazing Katamari Damacy on smartphones), although alright games for a Katamari hit. There is an remastered edition coming to Switch and PC at the end of the year though
The first game I chose for W was Worms Armageddon. Until the sudden realisation I could write about We Love Katamari, I was struggling to write about Worms. I enjoyed the 2D Worms games I played growing up, although my brother was a sore loser. I still quote the little monsters with my Worms-loving friends, and occasionally find myself in a game or two. But I found it dull to write about and harder to explain why I love it than with We Love Katamari.
It’s a simple on the surface game and one I do recommend for some quick action multiplayer. If you want a giggle, I do thoroughly recommend Many a True Nerd’s General Election Special, or one of the many Brexit Worms fights.