Ever play Katamari Damacy? Well the loopy designer of that game has a new game called Noby Noby Boy out now on PS3 and downloadable for $5!!!
In the game you play BOY, who, in his original form, looks more like a gummy dog than a “boy.” BOY’s body is split into two orbs each with two legs that are controlled individually by the two analog sticks. It’s very slick. When BOY’s two halves stretch beyond their elasticity limit he grows into a kind of multi-colored worm-like tube sock. The designers have provided you a constantly shifting playground in which to run (or fly) your BOY around; wrapping his lengthy torso around trees or steeples while snacking on pigs, cows, over-sized basketballs, or school girls and then pooping them out your rear all in an effort to increase the length of your body. If it sounds crazy, that’s because it is. There is no end game and no way to die, although if you break or shrink it can drastically alter the way BOY controls in subsequent play sessions.
This is yet another charming game built around a fun play mechanic and little else but I’m not here to harp on that again.
I’m here to praise the element which elevates this game to a grand romantic gesture:
While I did say that there is no end game, that’s not entirely true. The purpose of Noby Noby Boy is to grow BOY and report his gains in length to SUN who then feeds his growth to your female counterpart (sounds dirty but it isn’t). Once girl has eaten your added length (again sounds dirty but it isn’t) she grows by that much. It’s not only your individual growth which affects her either, it’s all the Noby Noby Boys in the world connected to the PlayStation Network who contribute to her growth. It gets even better, GIRL is stretching from the Earth to the Moon currently, and when the cumulative growth of the world’s Noby Noby Boy players is enough to get her to the Moon, a new playfield “MOON” will be made available to us all.
You see, starting with the Moon and bouncing from planet to planet through our galaxy and beyond, GIRL wants to unite all the people of the universe together in harmony and it’s up to us to work hard to earn those meters and make sure that her dream comes true. While I doubt I’ll be putting in the massive man hours needed to get 250,000 meters in a day, like the current Japanese top meterman (I’d be wiser to spend those hours with my corporeal wife and soumate,) I love the idea of being part of this epic dream. Imagine how it will feel when a year or two from now we reach Jupiter?
If only this effort could be harnessed to explore the actual cosmos…