Touch My Katamari

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Touch My Katamari
Touch My Katamari cover.jpg
Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Platform(s) PlayStation Vita
  • JP: December 17, 2011[1]
  • EU: February 22, 2012
  • NA: February 22, 2012
Genre(s) Third person action puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Touch My Katamari, known in Japan as Katamari Damacy No-Vita (塊魂ノビータ, Katamari Damashī Nobīta[2]), is a video game in the Katamari series. It was developed by Namco Bandai Games for the PlayStation Vita and was released as a launch game in Japan on December 17, 2011 and in Europe and North America on February 22, 2012.[3]


The game carries on the gameplay of previous Katamari games in which players must roll a sticky ball, known as a Katamari, over hundreds of objects, allowing it to grow in size and reach a desired size within a time limit. However, this iteration adds new gameplay mechanics that makes use of the PlayStation Vita's features. Along with the analogue controls, players can move their fingers across the touch screen in order to move their Katamari in the desired direction. By moving fingers along the back touch panel, players can squash and stretch their Katamari, stretching it lengthways in order to roll over more objects or squashing it upwards to fit into tighter areas.[4]


One day, a boy asks his Dad "Who is more awesome, the King of All Cosmos or his principal?". When the dad is trying to make up his mind, the mom says they are both equally awesome. The king overhears the conversation. Distraught by this, he becomes an utter train-wreck. Somewhere else, a slacker named Goro, who puts off studying for video games, television and the Internet, sees a news broadcast telling of the King's apparent depression. Goro believes that this is his moment to start his life anew, so he starts to make a new lifestyle for himself.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 70.12%[5]
Metacritic 69/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 7.5/10[7]
EGM 6/10[8]
Game Informer 7.5/10[9]
GameSpot 7/10[10]
GameTrailers 7.8/10[11]
Giant Bomb 3/5 stars[12]
Hyper 7/10[13]
IGN 6/10[14]
Polygon 5/10[15] 6/10[16]
The A.V. Club B[17]

Touch My Katamari was met with average to mixed reviews upon release, as GameRankings gave it a score of 70.12%,[5] while Metacritic gave it 69 out of 100.[6]

Media Create reports did not have the game in the top 50 selling games in the week after its debut.[18] On PlayStation LifeStyle, Heath Hindman's review claimed the game was better for series newcomers than veterans, because longtime fans were likely to find the recycled stages somewhat stale.[19] In a hands-on preview,'s Jeremy Parish had similar comments, saying that the series now "continues to miss the point".[20]


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  2. ^ The title is a play on the word 'Nobi', meaning 'stretchy'.
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  5. ^ a b "Touch My Katamari for PlayStation Vita". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Touch My Katamari Critic Reviews for PlayStation Vita". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  7. ^ Dale North (February 14, 2012). "Review: Touch My Katamari". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  8. ^ Andrew Fitch (February 22, 2012). "EGM Review: Touch My Katamari". EGM Now. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  9. ^ Jeff Cork (February 14, 2012). "Touch My Katamari". Game Informer. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  10. ^ Jason Venter (February 17, 2012). "Touch My Katamari Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Touch My Katamari, Review". GameTrailers. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  12. ^ Alex Navarro (February 21, 2012). "Touch My Katamari Review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  13. ^ "Touch My Katamari". Hyper: 81. May 2012. 
  14. ^ Tristan Ogilvie (February 14, 2012). "Touch My Katamari Review". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  15. ^ Griffin McElroy (March 8, 2012). "Touch My Katamari review: Slow your roll". Polygon. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  16. ^ Steve Haske (February 21, 2012). "Touch My Katamari Review". Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  17. ^ John Teti (February 20, 2012). "PlayStation Vita Launch Games". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  18. ^ "PlayStation Vita Lives in the Media Create Top 50". Andriasang. December 22, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  19. ^ "PS Vita Review – Touch My Katamari". PlayStation LifeStyle. January 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  20. ^ Jeremy Parrish (December 30, 2011). "Katamari's Vita Debut Continues to Miss the Point". Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved 2015-02-04.