Anyone seen this title for PS2 yet?
If you took all the crazy sh*t that came out of Japan over the years and watched it on acid, you still wouldn't come up with a game as weird as this.
It's only $20 and kind of a rare find. The whole game is about the "king of the universe" accidentally smashing the sky and the stars are all gone. He sends you, his bite sized prince to gather junk on earth to recreate the stars and constellations.
He gives you a small katamari on your quest. Think of it like a gumball. You spend the level rolling around picking up small items, like dice, pencils, nail files, etc by rolling your little ball over them. In time, the ball gains mass and you're able to pick up larger stuff on the level, like fruits, cups, rolls of toilet paper, cans, etc. As your ball grows with stuff, your camera angle pans out so you can see more of the level at a time. If you hurry, you can grow it large enough to get people, houses, skyscrapers, etc. At the end of the level, if you meet the kings size limit, he lets you create a star with it.
It gets more interesting. Certain levels for constellations require special quests. The level for Cancer, you have to run around the level collecting as many crabs as you can find. Another level requires that you find the largest possible cow on the level and collect it. (But you can only collect one cow..it becomes more of a obstacle course as you make your way in and out of the cows...)
It's quite a trip, but I can't stand to play it more than a half hour or I start getting creeped out by the weird king and his "engrish".
If you're looking for something different and kid friendly, this is definitly it. Just don't drop acid before playing.