i Love Katamari Rolls on to iPhones

December 15, 2008

i Love Katamari Rolls on to iPhones

Namco Brings Cult Classic to the App Store

Namco Networks today announced the worldwide availability of i Love Katamari
for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The game is available now for $7.99
through Apple’s App Store.

In i Love Katamari, the King of All Cosmos has accidentally knocked all the
stars out of the sky during a crazy night out. It is up to the pint-sized Prince
to put the twinkle back in the heavens. Players are challenged to roll the
katamari ball over various objects in each stage. As more and more objects are
rolled up, the katamari will increase in size, making it possible to roll-up
larger and larger objects.

“i Love Katamari is a unique, addictive game that makes great use of
accelerometer technology,” said Scott Rubin, senior vice president of sales and
marketing for Namco Networks. “Similar to Rolling with Katamari on mobile
phones, i Love Katamari is a great addition to the Katamari franchise.”

Based on the console hit Katamari Damacy, which has enjoyed a strong
cult-following worldwide for its creative and addictive gameplay, i Love
Katamari features levels that take place in five different environments (the
Takeda Residence, a backyard, a park, a town and an island). It also features a
range of fun-filled modes, such as "Story Mode" (find and roll-up the King’s
requested object), "Time Attack Mode" (roll up as much as possible in a limited
time), "Exact Size Challenge Mode" (match exactly a requested katamari size),
and "Eternal Mode" (roll at your own pace without any time or size limit).

Players tilt the phone right, left, front, and back to roll the katamari with
precision, taking full advantage of the iPhone/iPod Touch’s accelerometer. While
tilt control is the main control method, the game does include some swipe
control features. For example, just tap the katamari to stop rolling or touch
the 180 turn icon to turn 180 degrees. Players will also enjoy control options
familiar from Katamari Damacy like “Parallel shift”, “Prince turn” and “Prince

For more information on i Love Katamari or other iPhone and iPod touch games
by Namco, please visit www.namcogames.com.