Namco has released a version 1.0.1 update to their iPhone Katamari outing, i Love Katamari [App Store].  As reported by the company, the update provides:

  • Improved control response
  • Added tilt indicator to game screen

Our forum readers have reported mixed results, with overall indications of improved performance.  Wegmans had this to say:

This makes the game playable!! I wasn't able to beat the second level before (ran out of time/frustrated) and now i beat it with a minute to spare! The game is much better, and makes turning a little less frustrating as well.

I just played that one level to see if it was better, and it certainly is. The controls are perfect now and there is no recalibration or anything like that.

App Store Link: i Love Katamari, $7.99

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    Before the update I even couldn't finish the 1 stage.
    After the update I finished the game (story mode) this morning in one attempt.
    Thanks for this.

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    Before the update I even couldn't finish the 1 stage.
    After the update I finished the game (story mode) this morning in one attempt.
    Thanks for this.

  • Phillip

    I really hope games like this sell well, and make the iphone an attractive machine for serious developers.

  • Phillip

    I really hope games like this sell well, and make the iphone an attractive machine for serious developers.

  • j.h

    A significant improvement in performance

  • j.h

    A significant improvement in performance

  • crumb

    Performance is stellar, but there are a few bottlenecks. The hazing effect that happens when your katamari reaches a certain size slows down the game a bit, and the game my run a tiny bit slower when you're rolling upon entire cities. But even with all that, it's still real fun to play. Highly recommended.

  • crumb

    Performance is stellar, but there are a few bottlenecks. The hazing effect that happens when your katamari reaches a certain size slows down the game a bit, and the game my run a tiny bit slower when you're rolling upon entire cities. But even with all that, it's still real fun to play. Highly recommended.

  • Supakoopa

    The game is really amazing after the update. Anyone who hasn't gotten it yet really should.

  • Supakoopa

    The game is really amazing after the update. Anyone who hasn't gotten it yet really should.

  • wegmans

    this update came out a couple days ago, and significantly improves the performance! turning could be better though!

  • wegmans

    this update came out a couple days ago, and significantly improves the performance! turning could be better though!

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  • DA360

    Yea, I love this game series and I loved the idea of it coming to iPhone but like most, held off on getting it because of the reports of horrible performance and control issues. I've seen none of this ever since they updated it, the game is very fun and a must have if your a fan of the series. I've been playing this game for awhile now and I love it, only quirk is the game does go slow when it does the transition effect as your katamari grows but that's about it.

    While looking up stuff about what the update did, I actually found out that this game actually came out about a year ago in Japan on NCC DoCoMo Mitsubishi cell phone's (came preinstalled on these phones, its just called Katamari Damasy Mobile in Japan, which is also what this version is called in Japan as well). From watching afew videos, it seems like that version of the game seems to go no faster than 15-10fps, though naturally the iPhone is FAR more powerful. So yes, it has afew performance quirks still but it shows it could of been worse. The video of that Mitsubishi phone version is here if you wanted to look at it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMl9XVZVhTQ

  • DA360

    Yea, I love this game series and I loved the idea of it coming to iPhone but like most, held off on getting it because of the reports of horrible performance and control issues. I've seen none of this ever since they updated it, the game is very fun and a must have if your a fan of the series. I've been playing this game for awhile now and I love it, only quirk is the game does go slow when it does the transition effect as your katamari grows but that's about it.

    While looking up stuff about what the update did, I actually found out that this game actually came out about a year ago in Japan on NCC DoCoMo Mitsubishi cell phone's (came preinstalled on these phones, its just called Katamari Damasy Mobile in Japan, which is also what this version is called in Japan as well). From watching afew videos, it seems like that version of the game seems to go no faster than 15-10fps, though naturally the iPhone is FAR more powerful. So yes, it has afew performance quirks still but it shows it could of been worse. The video of that Mitsubishi phone version is here if you wanted to look at it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMl9XVZVhTQ

  • Gospel9

    @DA360,

    That's a good find!
    I wonder if all these iphone game ports are being developed by the same teams who worked on other Japanese cellphones in the past...

  • Gospel9

    @DA360,

    That's a good find!
    I wonder if all these iphone game ports are being developed by the same teams who worked on other Japanese cellphones in the past...

  • nz

    Didn't play the first version... This version is still pretty darn slow. It is playable but loses a lot of the fast rolling fun of the console versions.

    I think it needs a lot more optimization and polish... Many games have shown that we can expect better performance out of the iPhone than this.

  • nz

    Didn't play the first version... This version is still pretty darn slow. It is playable but loses a lot of the fast rolling fun of the console versions.

    I think it needs a lot more optimization and polish... Many games have shown that we can expect better performance out of the iPhone than this.

  • nz

    But it is very well done. Controls are great, graphics and music are great. :-)

    Just wish it played a bit smoother.

    -Noah

  • nz

    But it is very well done. Controls are great, graphics and music are great. :-)

    Just wish it played a bit smoother.

    -Noah

  • rich_952000

    Does anyone know if this game can be calibrated to play while reclining/laying down??? Or , do you have to have your device flat?

    Thanks.

  • rich_952000

    Does anyone know if this game can be calibrated to play while reclining/laying down??? Or , do you have to have your device flat?

    Thanks.