Katamari Damacy is a quirky puzzle game and the first in the Katamari series by Namco.
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Story & Themes
In Katamari Damacy (the first game in the series), after the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all of the stars in the sky, he commissions his son the Prince of All Cosmos to make new stars by rolling up random stuff with sticky balls called Katamari. For the game’s final level, you must help the Prince of All Cosmos replace the moon with the biggest Katamari yet, which is large enough to pick up entire islands. Throughout the game we watch the story of two Japanese children on their way with their mother to watch their father take off on a space shuttle to visit the moon. When the moon disappears, his mission is cancelled. At the end, the family is rolled into the Katamari, which replaces the moon.
The games are comprised of a series of levels, accessible from an interactive main menu. You can save the games from these menus. Many levels of the Katamari games are time trials, meaning the player is racing against the clock. You might find it hard to tear your kid away if they’re in the middle of one of these levels, though it is possible to pause.
Violence In the game, you have the ability to roll up boxy, stylized humans with your sticky Katamari. The humans sometimes scream as they are picked up, but as far as the player can tell, no harm comes to them.
Sex & Nudity The King of All Cosmos, father of the main playable character, is depicted in a flamboyant, skin-tight jumpsuit that leaves little to the imagination.
Substance Use Katamari Damacy's setup is centered around alcohol use and drunkenness.
- Do you think it’s fair for the King of All Cosmos to ask so much of his son?
- Do you think that people are hurt when you roll them up? Why or why not?
- Do you know where the stars and the moon really come from?
- Why is the Prince so tiny compared to his parents?
- In these games, success often comes to those who are not perfectionists about their rolling; what can this game teach us about focusing on the bigger picture?