Noby Noby Boy Review
Noby Noby Boy box art
System: PS3 (PSN) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Namco Bandai 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Namco Bandai 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 19, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Other than that, there's nothing else to Noby Noby Boy. You can post a message on Boy's body or send messages to other Noby Noby Friends. You can also record videos to upload to YouTube or take pictures during gameplay. Also, by going inside his house you can enter a funky menu that allows you to move to a different, random map within the planet you're at. You can't choose the maps where you go, just the planet. You start, of course, in Earth, and the maps are all quite similar but with their own themes. You'll encounter more animals in some, and others will be more like a playground. If you visit the Moon, you'll see that many of the items are different than the ones in Earth, and the ground is gray instead of green and grassy.

Noby Noby Boy screenshot

You've probably already imagined what the game looks like based on previous Katamari titles, and you're right in the overall look of the game, but it doesn't have the exact same quality. The environments are much less detailed. In fact, they're so simplified that they almost look like they were designed by kids. There's no texture, and the three-dimensional perception is definitely outdated. Think more Super Mario 64 rather than Super Mario Galaxy, and it's not even that good.

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The sounds are also outdated and redundant, probably on purpose, as an homage to old-school gaming. It's funny to hear old Atari sounds in a 2009 game. In fact, some of the sounds are a hoot. It's just too outdated for today's gamers and it gets old and annoying quickly.

We're not going to blame the developers for these choices, as it's just supposed to be a fun and interesting experience created on a low budget and targeted towards consumers drawn in by colorful and original ideas with a clear Japanese influence. I was one of them, and I'm happy I experienced the title, even if it's not one I'll come back to until a few weeks from now at least. For $5, you're not losing much, so if you're interested in the title and enjoy short and addictive titles, check this one out.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.9
Graphics
There's definitely a Katamari Damaci vibe in this game, but the visuals are of a much lower quality and they look outdated.
3.3
Control
Difficult to understand at first, but you get the hang of it. And even if you don't… it doesn't matter because you don't win or lose in this game. The physics of it are interesting.
2.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
I couldn't believe the music and sound effects. For starters, the game employs many of the old-school Atari sound effects, which I quickly recognized. They're fun to hear at first, but they're far too outdated and annoying. The fart and stretching noises are funny and out of the ordinary. The background music is alright but very basic.
2.9
Play Value
This game can be very addictive, but it's also a bit disappointing. There's no goal in the game other than making Girl grow, and there's no competition either.
3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Stretch Boy so he can eat all sorts of colorful items, from a banana to a house or a dog.
  • The more you feed Boy and the bigger he gets, the further Girl will stretch. Help the Noby Noby Boy community to grow Girl so she can reach other planets (PSN connection required).
  • Play on many different maps and planets as they become available.


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