Katamari Amore Hands-On Preview

Katamari Amore is the second Katamari game for the iPhone and iPad. The first, I Love Katamari, was a bit of a disappointment. Although we love the series, we worry that this upcoming sequel might be more of the same.

In the Katamari series, you play as a tiny space prince who rolls a sticky gravity ball everywhere he goes. The goal is usually to make your ball as big as possible by running over smaller objects, and Katamari Amore adds more objectives, like exact size requirements, on each stage.

Katamari Amore is controlled entirely by tilt, and we didn’t see any options for touch controls or tilt calibrations. Unfortunately, like the last game, we didn’t find the tilt controls to work very effectively, especially compared to other ball-rolling games like Super Monkey Ball 2.

Plus, the game still suffers from a lot of slowdown. Even though the high-res Retina graphics look nice, the game didn’t run smoothly, and froze almost completely when “leveling up” to a bigger size.

We’re still holding out hope for a quality Katamari iOS game, though. We liked the inclusion of bonus levels, like a run through Pac-Man‘s maze, complete with power pellets and ghosts. But if our hands-on is any indication, maybe this is a series best left to home consoles. Katamari Amore will be available soon.

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