Katamari creator just released a new free augmented-reality game

But it requires the Tango-enabled Lenovo Phab 2 Pro phone.

Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi just launched a new mobile game called Woorld.

Available for free on Tango-enabled devices, which at the time only consists of Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro phone, Woorld is an augmented-reality sandbox title that lets you decorate your real home with virtual props. So you can adorn your living room with flowers, houses, mushrooms, snowmen, and whatever other crazy contraptions Takahashi has envisioned for this experimental endeavor.

Tango devices include a set of sensors and software that offer augmented-reality support on a smartphone. Unfortunately, the Phab 2 Pro is the only one on the market at this time.

From here, you can let characters and objects interact with your virtually decked out den. For example, you can make it rain on a bud to sprout a large flower. The idea is to unlock the game's hidden content, consisting of things like UFOs, pyramids, and a toilet. Not enough games have toilets.

Takahashi's studio, Funomena is currently working on the PS4 sandbox title Wattam, which lets players swap between multiple strange characters as they interact, build "human pyramids" (nevermind that they're sentient donuts, lawnmowers, and, of course, toilets), and blow things up to catch the attention of stranded citizens following a cosmic calamity. It makes about as much sense as you'd expect, and is bewilderingly funny in its rampant ridiculousness.

"Wattam is about discovering your inner child and frolicking around a whimsical play space without a care in the world," I wrote in my Wattam preview. "If the goal of the game is to bring odd seeming folks to its land of lunacy, Wattam's certainly done its job." Wattam will be out sometime next year.

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