Noby Noby Boy is a truly unique game. Arriving exclusively on PlayStation Network from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi, this Namco Bandai title throws you into a world of colour and fun unlike anything before.
Taking you for a stretch
From its opening alone, Noby Noby Boy is likely to bring a smile to your face. You are introduced to the game by a colourful and unusual tutorial which teaches you the controls through a quiz which asks questions on what buttons to press on the Wireless Controller to progress.
Get it all right and you're left to venture around a landscape using the brightly coloured main character, BOY, a curious worm-like creature who possesses the ability to extend at will.
By controlling both his front and tail ends simultaneously and pulling him in opposite directions you can stretch him out to amazing lengths, making his abdomen an increasingly growing part of the environment - and the more you stretch, the more points you gain.
All about the BOY
Helping in this quest for BOY's physical extension are the various objects and inhabitants that roam on the number of randomly generated maps you take him around. Horses, giant robots, houses, ballerinas, barnyard animals, playground items, sports balls and more populate these areas, going about their business, watching your antics, running in fear from BOY or jumping on his snaky back for a ride.
All of these things can be interacted with, whether it's through BOY's body bumping or wrapping around them or, more helpfully for you, by BOY eating them. Consuming these objects and residents doesn’t harm them - it merely removes them temporarily from the map as they circulate around BOY's body, to be spat out at your whim. Do this at the right time and you can quickly propel BOY around the environment, more so if you use his natural ability to fly and glide.
Your progress in making BOY stretch is recorded online to GIRL - a giant female version of the protagonist who represents the development of all Noby Noby Boy's players around the world. By uploading the length of your personal BOY online, GIRL grows, starting from Earth and slowly expanding through the solar system when more people play and go online with the game. It's all for your benefit too - as the more GIRL grows, the more new stages are unlocked for everyone to play.
A game of you
Noby Noby Boy is an ideal game for relaxation and experimentation. It wants you to enjoy playing around an open environment and make your own adventure. Even if you find BOY's body snapped in half by accident you can reattach it, and if you fall off the edge of the map you'll find yourself back in BOY's house, unharmed and ready for a new journey.
With the ability to write a personal message on BOY's body and record videos of your exploits to share with others, Noby Noby Boy is all about gleeful fun and abandon. You make your own rewards and find your own treasures. Noby Noby Boy is very much your game - bound only by your own imagination.