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Don't think too hard trying to make sense of all this.

NOBY NOBY BOY (all caps... always all caps) is... hard to describe, really. It's a Play Station Network game from Keita Takahashi, the creator of the Katamari Damacy series, and definitely skews toward the "weird" end of the concept scale.

You play as the titular NOBY NOBY BOY, a caterpillar-like creature that can stretch to near-infinite length and consume almost anything in its path. He's controlled with both analog sticks; the left one moves his front, the right one moves his rear, and pushing them in opposite directions causes him to stretch out. The shoulder buttons allow the BOY to jump, float, eat, and shoot what he eats out from his rear (which will always reappear in the world completely unharmed). Eventually, when you've grown the BOY long enough, you can fly back into the sky and add your length to the GIRL, the BOY's much larger Distaff Counterpart, who resides in outer space. The overall goal is to make the GIRL as long as possible. And while no specific or even general length is given, stretching the GIRL eventually unlocks new planets and new levels. The developers created milestones for the GIRL's stretching using actual astronomical data, and over the course of almost seven years, players on the PSN have stretched the GIRL as far as to Pluto and back.

There are no time limits, no story, no Big Bad, and no overall "win condition". It's just you, your BOY, the GIRL, the SUN (which is nothing like the Sun you know of), and hundreds of objects, people, and animals waiting to be eaten by you... or hitch piggyback rides on you.


  • And I Must Scream: Averted. Once she finally loops back to it, the GIRL penetrates the surface of the Earth headfirst. The FAIRY's commentary on this implies that the GIRL's now forever stuck inside the planet, but at the same time, she doesn't seem to mind it.
  • Artistic License – Space: Outer space is completely devoid of stars and every planet in the Solar System is hollow (with Pluto being rainbow-colored and sentient, complete with face), with their respective inhabitants living inside them. They also don't orbit a Sun, as they each have their own personal "SUN", a humanoid entity that peers into their respective planet via a massive hole located on top of it.
  • Caps Lock: The game's title and the name of every character with one is this at all times.
  • Epilogue Letter: Once the GIRL finally wraps around back to Earth, the player receives a letter from the BOY, the GIRL, the SUN, and the FAIRY, congratulating them on finishing the GIRL's journey and asking how much time has passed since they started playing the game.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Your BOY can eat almost anything and everything.
  • Hollow World: Earth (and every planet in the Solar System, for that matter) is hollow. What makes this strange in the case of Earth is it looks perfectly normal on the outside... yet all its inhabitants apparently live inside it.
  • Macrogame: Every BOY on PSN adds to the GIRL's length.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Pluto. All the planets before it look exactly like their real life counterparts, but Pluto's colored like a rainbow and has a face.
  • Randomly Generated Levels: No two levels will ever be the same.
  • Rubber Man: Both the BOY and the giant GIRL.
  • Weird Sun: Every planet has one. Earth's SUN (a.k.a. the Sun) is a gigantic, lion-like creature that spends its time looking inside the Earth via a hole located on top of the planet, presumably to shine its light down on the planet's inhabitants.