I really like this game, and an endless runner is a good way to adapt this for mobile. That said, I can’t give the base game the rating it deserves for a few reasons.
One is the ads- they are pretty incessant. One ad in particular for the game Rise Up breaks the game for me, almost without fail. The option to exit the ad is misleading. There’s a tiny X in the top right, but the hit box for it is either too small or in the wrong place, causing you to tap the advertisement and forcing the game to load the App Store; this is a problem for me, as I have to then close the App Store to conserve memory.
As someone else mentioned, the lack of skippability on certain missions can tank progress for anyone not willing or not able to surrender to the game’s social aspect (which I’m sure has less to do with creating a fun community, and more to do with accessing people’s social media data). Personally, I’ve always been a solo player, so this one will hurt me eventually.
Finally, there’s a lag between my finger input and the prince following my commands. If I move my finger to the far left, the prince has to catch up with it. Sometimes he never does and I have to lift my finger and swipe to the left a second time to get him all the way where I want. If I lift my finger before he catches up, he stops right where he was when my finger lifted. This is ok at the beginning when things are slow and obstacles are pretty far apart relative to the katamari’s size, but becomes a problem later when I need to be able to act quickly or lift my finger to make a jump, or at moments when the game starts to lag and experiences framerate issues. I understand part of this is probably a result of my phone’s screen size, though (I’m still using a 5s). Other people’s mileage may vary on this one.
As someone who grew up playing the original Katamari games, I’m glad to see some form of it out in the wild. But playing this just makes me wish I could have a full version of the game that I can play on my PS4 (they could even do lootboxes for cosmetic items your prince wears, which would slide right in to the gift mechanic that existed in the old games).