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Can’t believe we didn’t think to ask of this before Namco gave it to us, but here it is — there is already an official version of I Love Katamari (otherwise known as Katamari Damacy) right there on the App Store and playable on the iPhone. What a perfect game to put on the iPhone — it’s casual, it’s easy to pick up but tough to master, and the analog controls, while perfect for a pair of analog sticks, work great on a touchscreen as well.

Unfortunately, it’s not quite perfect yet — the game slows down fast, and quickly becomes unplayable with all the stuff on the screen. But lots of people are hoping for an update from Namco, and while that hope might not quite be justified (is Namco really going to commit to making this game great, or are they just taking advantage of a hot property?), you never know. Pac Man has been a winner for the company for sure, so maybe they will make sure that Katamari plays as well as its console versions. As much as we appreciate original games on the iPhone, there’s nothing wrong with quality ports of console gems as well, and if Namco can patch out the bugs to everyone’s satisfaction, there’s no question that’s what this will be.

TUAWI Love Katamari in the App Store, optimization not included originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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