Google search now has a Katamari game where you roll up the results (2024)

Google search now has a Katamari game where you roll up the results (1)

2023 has been a bumper year for fans of Keita Takahashi's Katamari, one of the most singular game series ever made, which recently saw the best entry released on Steam. Katamari is about rolling stuff up into a ball as the Prince of All Cosmos under the watchful eye of disapproving daddy The King of All Cosmos, and starts small-scale with you rolling up paperclips and erasers and fruit, before scaling into cars and trees and eventually whole city blocks. May sound a bit weird but what this all adds up to can only be described as a sincere and touching ode to the joys of play and childhood innocence (really).

It's a special game, and someone at Google clearly loves it as much as I do.

Google has incorporated a Katamari minigame into its omnipresent search engine: you can start rolling a ball around the search results page, gradually increasing the ball's size with text and buttons before sticking on things like the images. It's a little bit of an OCD magnet actually, because once you've started rolling I don't really see how one could walk away unless the page is delightfully blank and everything's part of your ball.

To access the game type 'Katamari' into Google search, and the results page will appear looking as it usually does. But in the top right there's a colorful ball which begins to wobble, begging for a click, and when you do the game begins: you guide the ball around with the arrow keys, and scale it up with all Google's offerings and widgets.

"Katamari is a nostalgic game for many of us and has a large fan following," Google engineer Lucas Bullen told Kotaku. "The recognizable game mechanic of items getting attached to the rolling Katamari is so fun and unique that we wanted to see it interact with the Search page and give fans an opportunity to play with the Katamari outside of just the games".

Bullen says Google has other gaming Easter Eggs for players to find, and suggests searching Star Fox and The Last of Us.

We Love Katamari Reroll+ Royal Reverie is the recent Steam release of the second game in the series, and my favourite (the first game, Katamari Damacy, was released on PC in 2018). "Namco made several more Katamari games after this without the involvement of series creator Keita Takahashi, but this was definitely the peak," said our own Wes Fenlon, correctly. "It adds more mission variety and other playable characters and has a funny meta story about Katamari being so popular they had to do it again."

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These games are a delight, and Google's little tribute is a nice office diversion. Plus, you get to imagine the Prince rolling across the US and eventually schlooping-up the Googleplex on the final level, saving us all from the inevitable near-future where AI-generated websites destroy what little value Google search still has left.

Google search now has a Katamari game where you roll up the results (2)

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Rich is a games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning his career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. He was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer. He is the author of a Brief History of Video Games, a full history of the medium, which the Midwest Book Review described as "[a] must-read for serious minded game historians and curious video game connoisseurs alike."

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Google search now has a Katamari game where you roll up the results (2024)

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What is the katamari Google trick? ›

A Glimpse Into The Katamari Minigame

After typing “Katamari” into Google's search bar, a widget emerges, inviting you to drag a ball across the webpage. Screenshot from Google, June 2023. As it moves, the ball gathers images, words, search bars, and other elements, growing in size as more pieces accumulate.

What is the game where you roll things up? ›

Katamari Damacy was well received in Japan and North America, becoming a surprise hit and winning several awards. Its success led to the creation of the greater Katamari franchise, and inspired numerous subsequent games imitating its quirky, colorful charm.

What is the secret game on Google Ball? ›

To access the Katamari game, simply open Google Search on either your computer or smartphone, and search Katamari. At the top of the knowledge panel on the right hand side of the screen, you'll see a small bouncing Katamari ball. Click or tap on this icon, and the game will begin!

How long does it take to complete Katamari Damacy reroll? ›

How long does it take to beat Katamari Damacy Reroll? The estimated time to complete all 21 Katamari Damacy Reroll achievements is 20-25 hours. This estimate is based on the modal completion time from 187 TrueAchievements members that have completed the game.

How do I get the secret Google game? ›

Most hidden Google games can be found simply by Googling them. Type "Snake" into the search bar and hit enter and you will be taken to a page of search results with the game Snake perched at the top. Hit "Play" and the gaming commences.

How do you win the Google Doodle game? ›

How can you win Doodle for Google? Doodles are judged on three parameters: Artistic merit: this criteria is based on one's artistic skill. Creativity: this criteria is based on the student's ability to represent the contest's theme, use the letters in the Google logo, and form a creative approach.

What is the dice rolling game called? ›

Craps is a dice game in which players bet on the outcomes of the roll of a pair of dice. Players can wager money against each other (playing "street craps") or against a bank ("casino craps"). Because it requires little equipment, "street craps" can be played in informal settings.

What are some Google Easter eggs in 2024? ›

  • Dinosaur Game Google Easter Egg. The dinosaur game is one of my favorite Google easter eggs. ...
  • Google in 1998. ...
  • The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything Google Easter Egg. ...
  • Once in a Blue Moon Easter Egg. ...
  • Flip a Coin Google Easter Egg. ...
  • Search for Askew on Google. ...
  • Google “Blink” Easter Egg. ...
  • Super Mario Bros.

Is Katamari Damacy worth playing? ›

Katamari Damacy Reroll is as simple, silly, and superbly entertaining as it was more than a decade ago. The main experience stays intact, but the remaster does enough to make anyone interested in this game smile. Here's hoping that Bandai Namco takes this reimagining and invests in the original sequel next.

What is the point of Katamari Damacy Reroll? ›

Katamari Damacy Reroll Madness

He sets the story in motion by shattering all the stars in the night sky while on a bender, then demands that you help create new celestial bodies by rolling stuff up with your katamari. It's all the story Katamari Damacy needs, and a handy jumping-off point for many of the side-missions.

Is there a sequel to Katamari Damacy? ›

We Love Katamari is a 2005 third-person puzzle-action video game developed and published by Namco for the PlayStation 2. It is the sequel to the 2004 sleeper hit Katamari Damacy.

What is the google gravity trick code? ›

Type “Google Gravity” in the search bar, then click on “I'm Feeling Lucky” to load the Google Gravity page. While this trick was first introduced way back in 2009, it's still a good one!

What is Google trick? ›

To activate the Google trick, go to the Google Search bar and type in the name of the game. For example, if you type “PAC-MAN” in the Search bar, Google will show you a PAC-MAN doodle with a Play button below.

How do you do the Google magic trick? ›

You place two fingers over the two O's in the logo. You slowly move your fingers downward and, like magic, their gone! Now you can place your fingers back over the gap, and make the O's reappear. After the trick you can let your audience check out the page and see for themselves that it is really Google.

How to do the barrel roll trick on Google? ›

To experience an authentic Google-style barrel roll, just type the words “do a barrel roll” into Google's search engine, hit enter, and watch your screen do a 360-degree turn! Classic. Isn't it?

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