Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe launched Tap My Katamari on iOS and Android. The clicker or idle game challenges players to grow their katamari by rapidly tapping to help the Prince roll the katamari across the screen.
In Tap My Katamari, the faster players tap, the faster the Prince moves across the screen and collects objects. Each tap is worth a certain number of distance points, and users must collect the required number of points to complete each distance level. Users will collect coins as they play, which can be spent on upgrades for the Prince, causing them to earn more points with each tap.
Gamers can also spend coins to unlock the Prince’s cousins, who will generate distance points automatically, even when players aren’t tapping or playing the game. Gamers can upgrade cousins to increase their productivity and to unlock their stat boosts.
Elsewhere, players can spend Candy, the game’s premium currency, on special items for their accounts, including coin bundles and upgrades for the Prince or the cousins.
Finally, as players progress, they’ll have the option to turn their katamari into stars and begin the game from the beginning, receiving star tokens in the process. Star tokens can be used to open special presents.
In a statement, Jon Chew, product owner at Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver, commented:
We really feel like idle games and snowball simulators are a perfect match. Both have the spirit of starting off really really small and, with a bit of care here and there, explode to ridiculousness. With Tap My Katamari, we embraced the relaxing nature of mobile, dove into the quirkiness of Katamari Damacy with a passion, and made sure we included high-quality music, both original songs and familiar remixes by composers in the community who grew up loving Katamari.