Game Description: When the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all the stars in the sky, he orders you, his pint-sized princely son, to put the twinkle back in the heavens above. The only way you can do that is by rolling everything on Earth into clumps so that he can replace what's missing in space. "Everything" includ es cookies, lawn mowers, lamp posts, sumo wrestlers, bulldozers, brontosauruses , cruise ships, and more. Katamari Damacy also includes a two-player battle mode where you and a friend can see who can grow the biggest ball of stuff.
By Erin Bell on November 10, 2004 - 12:00am.
Katamari Damacy may not have the flashiest graphics or the most intuitive controls, but what it does have is something far more important: the ability to evoke a sense of wonder within me as I experience the work of such creative and inspired minds.
By Tera Kirk on October 26, 2004 - 11:00pm.
Wackiness is hard work. Anybody can come up with a random quip that makes his friends laugh, but true silliness requires almost managerial skill. Humor is an art of incongruities; a good humorist must know them intimately, and fit them together like puzzle pieces or cogs in a machine. Okage: Shadow King is an offbeat game in both senses of the word. While the game can be funny and intriguing, it's often unable to keep up with its own momentum.
By Tera Kirk on October 26, 2004 - 11:00pm.
According to ESRB,
this game contains Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Mild Animated Violence.
Game Description: The spirit of an evil king has been unleashed, and it possesses the shadow of an young boy named Ari. Bearing the burden of the evil spirit on his slender shoulders, Ari must journey through an animated fantasy world that is by turns whimsical and ominous, and endeavor to free his shadow. Okage: Shadow King is an absorbing role-playing fantasy with more than 80 hours of adventure and gameplay. It features richly imagined 3D worlds, including five towns, six fields, and nine dungeons. There are six fully realized characters, with unique personalities, strengths, powers, and attacks, and 100 enemies to battle. Dramatic battle sequences allow allies and enemies to fight simultaneously and in real time. As your team explores the worlds of Okage, you will have access to more than 100 spells, attacks, and weapons, and more than 150 items to collect and use. You will engage in realistic conversations with nonplayer characters, decipher clues, and unravel the secrets hidden in every corner.
By Jason Karney on September 28, 2004 - 11:00pm.
spent a little time with story mode, although the story isn't one that matters. It's an excuse to play frolf. That said, I appreciated the aesthetic of the graphics utilized. I was immediately reminded of those old Rankin Bass holiday specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, except with the stop-motion puppets replaced by computer graphics.
By Brad Gallaway on July 27, 2004 - 11:00pm.
Writing here at GameCritics, we often strive to dig a little deeper in our review coverage. Settling for a description of "fun" isn't generally an option, given that it's a common crutch of the games media in general, and far too vague a word to do justice to the games or our readers. However, once in a while a game comes along that cries out for liberal use of the "F" word.
Game Description: Scooter must hurry to save his planet! Power supplies are running out and to save them he must win the coveted "Super Ribbinite". Compete to become the Frolf Champion across 20 different courses on 5 different worlds. You must defeat all your opponents to win the Frolf Cup and the Super Ribbinite. Planet Hippitron is counting on you!
By Tera Kirk on July 6, 2004 - 11:00pm.
In Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, there are no princesses to save. There are no worlds to conquer, no aliens to thwart. There's only a dilapidated farm that a young man and his partner Takakura must turn into a thriving business. Players raise livestock, grow crops and remodel buildings. But those who think that virtual farming is about as much fun as watching corn grow should think again.
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