Tap My Katamari Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tap My Katamari RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How Tap My Katamari Almost Ruined My Life https://www.gameskinny.com/jqvuc/how-tap-my-katamari-almost-ruined-my-life https://www.gameskinny.com/jqvuc/how-tap-my-katamari-almost-ruined-my-life Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:44:29 -0500 Lee Forgione

Katamari Damacy is one of the quirkiest Japanese games ever made. Its unique style of gameplay is one of a kind, and the music is something otherworldly and beautiful. I played most of the games in the series and really enjoyed them, so when a suggestion for Tap My Katamari popped up on my phone's app store, I was immediately thrilled, especially since it was free.

After downloading and starting the game up, I was pretty disappointed in what I saw. This game was not the Katamari I knew and loved. Instead, it was one of those endless clicker games that I hadn't even been aware existed (there's apparently a lot of these time sink games out there). All you have to do is mindlessly tap the screen to advance, so surely I would have stopped after a minute or two of realizing that this was all there was to it.

Before I knew it, two hours had passed. I had leveled up The Prince and unlocked a few of his cousins who help your progress along. I went from making one coin per item rolled up to several million per item. I thought I was doing so well, when in reality I was going nowhere. This game is very good at making you think you're making significant progress when nothing actually changes.

The way the game works is that you're given a certain distance you need to travel in order to roll up an item and make your katamari bigger. You achieve this by tapping the screen, and each tap will take you a certain length until you lower the distance bar and move on to the next stage. But as you roll up each item, the distance between the next item gets bigger, prompting you to tap even more. You can relieve how much you need to tap by leveling up The Prince and his cousins. You need coins in order to level them up, and you obtain coins by rolling up items. This is where the game tricks you. You aren't really making it as far as you think since the distance bar and the levels of The Prince and his cousins are all relative. When it looks like you're making a billion coins for each item, it really doesn't matter because the cost of leveling up everything evens out with the amount you're making. Where the game really gets people, though, is with the candy. You can use candy to unlock special cousins, power-ups, and buy more coins, but obtaining the candy is very difficult, which brings you to the shopping cart icon in the bottom right-hand corner. For some little to large microtransactions, you can purchase candy to help you along with your progress. This game was obviously and evilly designed to prey on people with addictive personalities and obsessive compulsive disorder. 

When I first started playing, I became obsessed with making it to the end -- so much so that I would tap my phone for hours at a time. This incessant tapping could soon be felt in both my hands. I began to worry that if I didn't stop that I would develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Despite this great risk, I continued to play endlessly. My life became Tap My Katamari. Every single day I would open it up, see how many coins my cousins collected for me while I wasn't playing, and continue onward to the final stage, whenever that may be. Even when my fingers hurt, I couldn't stop. And who could possibly stop tapping their screen when that infectious music is always playing in the background? It also started affecting my personal life. I would hang out with some friends and not pay attention to most of what they were saying because I was busy with this game. I had watched some videos where people hacked their way to the end, but I insisted on doing it on my own.

Whenever I would hit a wall with my progress, I could 'make a star' for star tokens, which unlock presents. The presents help you cover greater distance easily but at the cost of starting over from stage one and resetting all of your progress. The Prince goes back to level one, and you must unlock all of the cousins again. This was so infuriating but so satisfying at the same time. Unlocking new presents and watching how effortlessly you can make it back to the stage you were at in a fraction of the time felt good. But you have to do this an absurd amount of times before making it to the end. It soon became clear to me that this game would easily consume the next couple years of my life. But I didn't care. I didn't care that my hands ached for days at a time. I didn't care that other people mocked me for playing something so stupid. I was obsessed. Whenever I wanted to do something else like watch a movie or play another game, I couldn't. I would just sit somewhere and tap for hours because I was sure I could make it to the end.

Eventually I became distressed. I knew I had a problem, but I couldn't stop. After almost three months, I had had enough. I discovered a glitch that allows you to obtain endless candy by changing the time on your phone's clock. I hesitated at first because I wanted to make it on my own, but after cashing in my star tokens and seeing how pitifully they helped this time around, I knew this game would consume my life for the next couple of years if I didn't start cheating.

I had to cheat -- every waking moment of my life was involved with Tap My Katamari, even if I wasn't playing. I would think about how many coins my cousins would collect and how I would spend them. I would think about which presents to upgrade the next time I rolled a star. I realize how pathetic and sad this sounds, but hopefully it can help others who suffer from an obsession with this absolutely pointless waste of time. After cheating my way to stage 3,000, I could finally set myself free. I could still upgrade presents, and the OCD in me strongly advised me to do so. But there was no point. The game caps off at stage 3,000, so there was no reason to upgrade anything anymore. It also would have taken weeks to max everything out, so I bravely cleared the game's data in my phone's settings, checked to make sure that my entire game was reset, and deleted the thing once and for all. As soon as I did this, a feeling of freedom swept over me. Suddenly I could think clearly again. I decided I wanted to watch a movie and actually did it without tapping my phone in the background. My life was saved.

Tap My Katamari guide: Become a rolling star with these tips! https://www.gameskinny.com/2c5nk/tap-my-katamari-guide-become-a-rolling-star-with-these-tips https://www.gameskinny.com/2c5nk/tap-my-katamari-guide-become-a-rolling-star-with-these-tips Tue, 05 Jul 2016 04:29:58 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

After a painfully long incubation period, Tap My Katamari is finally out on iOS and Android devices worldwide. Don't be fooled, though-- this is no ordinary Katamari game. Tap My Katamari is an endless "cosmic clicker" that can quickly become frustrating if you don't prioritize correctly. Luckily, we have prepared an in-depth Tap My Katamari guide chock-full of tips and trips so that you can roll happy.

Getting Started

First of all, as stated above, Tap My Katamari is a far cry from previous games in the series. The gameplay is simple, players need only tap the screen to advance the Katamari and pick up items. As you pick up items, you gain coins which can be used to buy a bunch of different things that we'll get into later in the Tap My Katamari guide.

Before you start the game for the first time, it's helpful to get to know the three main statistics you'll be dealing with and upgrading along the way. The green Prince icon refers to your tap power, and affects how much the Katamari moves when you tap the screen. The orange Cousin icon refers to your Cousin power, and affects how many coins you'll accrue when you're not actually playing the game. The last icon is a combination of the two, and gives percentage-based bonuses to both. This last stat is the most important one, and should be prioritized as you progress through Tap My Katamari.

In the early stages of the game, before you graduate to the Garden, it's prudent to focus mostly on upgrading your tap power by leveling up your Prince. The going can be painfully slow early on, but things will speed up.

As you start to gain more coins, begin to focus on buying Cousins. This will allow you to take a break when you hit progression walls, then come back in an hour or two and have a significant amount of coins waiting for you. Generally, it is more cost effective to stockpile coins and save up to buy new Cousins as soon as you can afford them instead of leveling up your existing Cousins. There will be time for that later.

On Cousins and Tap My Katamari Mojos

By this point in our guide, you'll be at Tap My Katamari's Garden stage, or you'll at least be pretty close to it. You should have some candy at your disposal, as well as access to all the menus. The first thing you should do at this point is tab over to the mushroom menu and activate Coin Fever by watching a short ad. This will double your coins for 4 hours, and can be reactivated as soon as that 4 hours is up. There's no reason not to have it active all the time.

For that matter, you really should be watching the ads whenever the game prompts you. Watching these ads lets you double your away-from-game earnings and trigger events that can really net you lots of in-game currency.

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about the Mojos in Tap My Katamari. Each Cousin has a randomly assigned set of Mojos that can be unlocked as they level up. These Mojos range in level from 1 to 6, and can affect the game's main three stats, increase critical hit rate, and boost the amount of coins you receive.

As stated before in this guide, the optimal Tap My Katamari strategy is to stockpile coins until you can afford new Cousins, because this boosts your Cousin power more effectively. That said, check your existing Cousins first. If any of them have valuable Mojos, or even not-so-valuable Mojos that are of a high level, it is often worth unlocking those first. After testing, here are the most valuable Mojos that the Cousins can have:

  • Helpful (Boosts both Tap power and Cousin power)
  • Magical (Boosts Tap power)
  • Smart (Increases value of coins)
  • Energetic (Boosts Tap power by a certain percentage of Cousin power. This is incredibly useful if you have stockpiled coins to max out your Cousin power.)

Of course, all of the Mojos are helpful, but those four should be prioritized. As a final note on Mojos, ignore the Powerful Mojo unless it is available for your cousin with the highest Cousin power level. Since this Mojo gives a boost only to that Cousin, it quickly becomes obsolete as more powerful Cousins are bought.

It's incredibly important to remember that Mojos are the same no matter which Cousin uses them. This means that it's always more cost-effective to level up a weaker Cousin to unlock their Mojos, since the Mojo will be just as powerful as if it belonged to a stronger Cousin with a more expensive level-up cost.

The Prince's abilities

The Prince has 3 abilities, but you only really need to worry about two of them. The Charge and Roll ability is almost useless, and only worth getting because its cool-down is 10 minutes as opposed to a half-hour or longer. Buy it, but don't spend many coins upgrading it.

The Magnetic Heart ability is handy, if only because it can help you cheese through tougher time attack stages. It puts the Katamari into hyperspeed for a while, and you can boost that speed even further by tapping along. Feel free to upgrade this one at your own leisure. Don't make it a priority.

The last ability, and the best one, is the Coin Soul ability, which simply lets you tap the screen wildly for 30 seconds, gathering coins for each tap. Upgrade this one whenever you can. 

Candy and special Cousins

As you roll, you'll start to accumulate a stockpile of candy. Never, ever, ever use it on anything other than purchasing special Cousins and upgrading them. The reason for this is that as your Katamari grows, you'll be able to turn it into a star in exchange for Star points. When you do this, everything resets -- your Prince's level, your Cousins, your coins, everything.

Well...that is, everything except your special Cousins (and any Star points or Presents you may have collected). Use your candy on purchasing special Cousins, leveling them up, and changing their Mojos to the most valuable ones. Ideally, you want all of your special Cousins to have Mojos at level 4 or greater in one of the four most valuable Mojo types.

This also means that you're really going to want to ignore pretty much everything in the mushroom tab, unless you've shelled out real-world money for your Candy and you have a bunch of it burning a hole in your pocket. Personally, I still think you should just spend it on special Cousins.

Making a star, Star points and Presents

When the Prince hits level 600, he'll be able to make his Katamari into a star, and you'll be awarded Star points based on your Prince's level, your Cousins' collective levels, and the stage you are at. An important tip for Tap my Katamari is that if you're really in need of more candy, hold off on making a star. Candy is much easier to come by in later stages than it is earlier on in the game.

That said, you shouldn't hesitate to make your first star, assuming you'll get somewhere in the ballpark of 30 Star points for it. And once you do make that star, go crazy purchasing Presents. These will make your life so much easier when you start over with a brand new Katamari, and the same rule applies as with the Cousins -- it's usually better to get a new Present than to upgrade an existing one.

There are exceptions to this rule of course, however. Items like the Camera that increase the amount of objects in the stage should be prioritized heavily, along with items like the Coin Purse that drop upgrade costs. In addition, anything that offers massive increases to the stat that offers bonuses to both Tap and Cousin power is worth upgrading as well.

As you gain more presents and learn how they work, prioritization will become easier and easier. The flip side to this is that new presents and upgrades will become more expensive, so after your first Katamari, it is optimal to wait longer before making Katamaris into stars to max out the amount of Star points you get from them in the end.

Final Notes

This guide to Tap My Katamari should help you optimize your purchases so that you're not wasting time (or coins!) during play. Having said that, if you hit a progression wall, simply put the game down for a few hours. Remember that Tap My Katamari is generous with the coins it gives you while you're not actually playing the game, and that if you have upgraded and unlocked your Cousins correctly, you'll return to enough coinage to buy your way through to the next stage.

If you're more impatient, just wait for your Coin Soul or Magnetic Heart abilities to refresh, and you'll be able to progress that way as well.

Tap My Katamari is a joyful little clicker, one that uses ads in a smart way and doesn't make in-app-purchases necessary. There's a lot of fun to be had here for fans of the clicker genre, from the bright visuals to the catchy remixes of classic Katamari Damacy tracks. Be sure to download it ASAP from the app store and put our Tap My Katamari guide to work today, and start rolling up those stars!