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Noby Noby Boy is…

Keita Takahashi's Avatar Posted by Namco Bandai Games

It may sound strange that I, creator of this game, have had a hard time trying to describe the type of game Noby Noby Boy (releasing on PSN this Thursday, February 19) is. Since the beginning of its development, I still haven’t been able to give a clear answer when asked, but allow me to try again…

Basically players can control and stretch Boy, the main character of the game. As players stretch Boy, the lengths to which he grows are uploaded to a persistent character known as Girl, who grows at the same rate as the combined length of all the players in the world. Girl starts at Earth and expands around the solar system. When Girl reaches a new milestone in the solar system, new areas are unlocked as playable stages for everyone around the world.

Well, that’s the best that I can do to explain the game, but I know people will still go, “Hmm…”

How come it’s hard to explain, you ask? It’s because I wanted to make a game that cannot be expressed by words in the first place. By making an undefined and ambitious game, I want the player’s reaction to be something like, “I don’t know why, but it’s somehow interesting. I can’t stop playing.” In that way, I would feel I have succeeded at creating what I wanted, that is, creating something that’s not easily describable. Anyway, it’s been a fun experience working on Noby Noby Boy.

One big question most people have asked is, “Why did you want to make such a game?” Seriously, I don’t know. When I figure it out, I’ll share it on this blog. In the meantime, please take a moment to watch this video.

As I mentioned earlier, this game is indescribable, and some people may say, “This isn’t a game!” But, what is a game? Should there be a definition for a game? That’s the way I feel.

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mendezgato said:

February 13th, 3:05 pm

how much?

Bildo818 said:

February 13th, 3:06 pm

this game doesn’t make any sense! No offense, but like towards the end, the player isn’t even on screen.

hypertreats said:

February 13th, 3:07 pm

I’M FREAKING OUT MAAAAAAAAAAAN!!! I’ll buy this.

BrianC6234 said:

February 13th, 3:07 pm

All I can say is how can I question the creator of Katamari Damacy. You have one sale at least. I’m always up for something new.

HunkaChunka said:

February 13th, 3:08 pm

hmm, looks intresting and strange. lol

ADR143 said:

February 13th, 3:08 pm

this is a weird game

mafecto said:

February 13th, 3:09 pm

hilarious

XxBigP123xX said:

February 13th, 3:10 pm

I think I’ll pass…

KillerBread said:

February 13th, 3:12 pm

lol im i on drugs? im scared

Sereal_Killer said:

February 13th, 3:12 pm

wel i gues you have succeeded in making a game no can describe or understand and i hope ppl wil enjoy it when they play it.

cant get the game tho since i havent seen psn cards in EU but this is the type of thing i would buy just because it is so weird.

i always love games that take a different aproach than the other out there . that why i had to buy PoP(cause of the art) SotC(unique boss only game) , MirrorsEdge(a FP game tht isnt a shooter) ,LBP(creativity) anyway keep up the good work and i hope to get it someday.

Pn_cho said:

February 13th, 3:12 pm

How much and will there be trophies?

GamerMoney said:

February 13th, 3:12 pm

Oh boy

TheInfectedBy590 said:

February 13th, 3:13 pm

I loved the Katamari Damacy series, one of my favorite games ever made! :)
I’m buying this one, day 1!

Revolutionary said:

February 13th, 3:15 pm

That video was nothing short of bizzare. lol
I’ve seen actual gameplay videos, though, so I know what to expect.

Oh, and I was kinda expecting that parrot to yell “TOASTY!” at some point in the video.

audioboxer217 said:

February 13th, 3:15 pm

This one will definitely need a demo just so people can get an idea of what the heck is going on. I don’t think the video really did it justice (or at least I hope that’s the problem) If it has a decent demo and is priced right I will buy it.

Mastroall said:

February 13th, 3:16 pm

Lmao, that made me laugh.
Haha, I couldnt even find a player on the screen.
That was hilarious.

Mastroall said:

February 13th, 3:16 pm

@11.
All games need to have trophies.
It became mandatory on 1/1/09.

Vengeful-Chaos said:

February 13th, 3:16 pm

Hmm…. indeed mixed with a little bit of what the fudge.

Solid_Snake1987 said:

February 13th, 3:18 pm

Seriously, what is going on? I like the unusual, but what do you do in this game? This is a game right?

mendezgato said:

February 13th, 3:18 pm

if you don’t understand the video smoke a joint and watch it again, you’ll get it then :)

DeforMAKulizer said:

February 13th, 3:18 pm

Awesome… Quirky, fun, weird games! Thats great!
Thanks for the game, and hopefully we will see some more =D
Guys i read that the game is for only 4.99 $ and with trophies of course!

luizPestana said:

February 13th, 3:18 pm

Oh man. Where are the game designers?

nscg said:

February 13th, 3:19 pm

Is this like flower? a relaxing new genre kinda thing?

norm01 said:

February 13th, 3:20 pm

I LOVE this game so far. In light of all the depressing news in the world today, this video brought a smile to my face. I can’t wait to play this and try to figure it out. Knowing how many items were in Katamari Damacy, are their plans to patch Noby Noby Boy in the future to add even more items into the game for us to gobble up?

nscg said:

February 13th, 3:20 pm

For 4.99, i’ll buy this, looks interesting.

Shin-Ra said:

February 13th, 3:24 pm

Music! I found great amusement in the YouTube videos uploaded to o–o.jp recently.

Mastroall said:

February 13th, 3:24 pm

How much crack were you smoking when you made this Keita?

Watchmann said:

February 13th, 3:28 pm

Platinum Trophy: “Epiphany”

“Explain Noby Noby Boy to 1 friend, and to the satisfaction of the games creator”

Craazy said:

February 13th, 3:32 pm

I think I am more confused after seeing the video

Fersis said:

February 13th, 3:32 pm

Day one

gold5225 said:

February 13th, 3:34 pm

I don’t know how you get more points……..

gold5225 said:

February 13th, 3:35 pm

or gain new levels or wut? i want to buy but please explain.

JesseHaysFL said:

February 13th, 3:38 pm

thank you for pushing the envelope and making daring games

theFLOW said:

February 13th, 3:38 pm

I’m a huge Katamari Damacy fan, and Noby Noby boy looks like another fresh idea for a game. Definitely picking this up next week.

Gunblader_ said:

February 13th, 3:39 pm

I have no idea if I will like this game or not, but after Katamari, I will try any of your games.

eksMAN said:

February 13th, 3:41 pm

cant wait to get this game!

VixDiesel said:

February 13th, 3:41 pm

I personally cannot wait. I have been a huge fan of Takahashi for some time now.

I just wish there was a ps3 katamari…

*hint hint*

Indifferent said:

February 13th, 3:42 pm

I’ll buy it. As long as its not over $10 because thats all I have left lol

Love unique games like this. Can’t wait!

Jon_Mclane said:

February 13th, 3:42 pm

I have no idea what this is or how to play it, but for 5 bucks, I’m in!

sNsKid said:

February 13th, 3:42 pm

I’m going to pass on this one. >.>

u_nick said:

February 13th, 3:44 pm

Been loving this since day one. Whatever it is, I’m gonna love it. Thanks for the post!

EvDeval said:

February 13th, 3:46 pm

I’m really looking forward to this.

Thrasher20 said:

February 13th, 3:46 pm

How much will it be? Thanks for the info!

Neil said:

February 13th, 3:51 pm

I have no idea what I just watched, but I’m now in love with Keita Takahashi in the most manly of ways of course.

Love it and will buy it. Happy Valentines day indeed.

funtownarcade said:

February 13th, 3:52 pm

I bought Katamari on day 1 back when no one had heard of it and it was near impossible to find and will be buying this day 1 as well. I was sold as soon as I saw a screenshot with chefs riding a giant carrot.

coolasj19 said:

February 13th, 3:52 pm

i now have a mysterious hole in my gut/heart that can only be filled by buying this “game”
5$ isnt really expensive.

OMG-GUYS said:

February 13th, 3:54 pm

this game is very weird, idk what the gameplay is, hmmm, seems im going to have to buy it to find out. its funny how not even videos can explain the game

tolkienfanatic said:

February 13th, 4:04 pm

Katamari v. 2.0

hyperslug said:

February 13th, 4:05 pm

haha “WTF” was invented for stuff like this :) definetly getting it :)

guitain said:

February 13th, 4:06 pm

How do one stretch the Boy?

And… What is the deal with the parrot in the left bottom corner? …

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