Cat’s Revenge Review

Cat’s Revenge
By: King Bird

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Gameplay: 4/5
The concept of Cat’s Revenge is fairly simple. You play as a cat (seen only as a paw), who needs to capture all the mice running around the kitchen. In order to do so, you use a mousetrap as a slingshot and hurl pieces of cheese, metal nuts, and bombs around obstacles and at the mice. But wait, there’s more! You can’t just knock down the mouse — you have to grab him and put him in a basket on the right-hand corner of the screen. They do get up and start running pretty fast, so you have to react quickly.

For the most part, the controls work well, but occasionally the mouse trap won’t shoot exactly where you aim (there’s an arrow as a guide). This can lead to some frustrating do-overs, but luckily there are no lengthy loading screens. Restarting a level is as simple as pressing a button, so perfecting your skills are not as frustrating as they could be.
In order to pass a level, you need to capture at least one mouse. The game also scores you on a rating system of three mice. Sometimes this means you need to ricochet cheese and bombs off of springy sausages, or through teleporters. If you have the patience to practice and work towards three mice per level, you can have a lot of fun with this game.

While the graphics do look kid-friendly, I found some of the levels pretty challenging for myself, as they required very precise timing and aiming. Very small kids may have a hard time with it. You also can’t skip a level, so if you get stuck, you simply have to keep trying until you succeed. I would have liked to be able to skip a level or two when they were driving me mad.

Overall, the game offers a new twist on the physics puzzle genre, and does it fairly well. With a few tweaks and added levels, it could be a top-notch game to compete with Chillingo games.

Story: 2/5
The story is shown mainly through comic book style cutscenes which are charming and a treat to look at. They also offer the only opportunity to see more of the cat than his paw. But for the most part, there isn’t much of a story here. It’s a physics game, though, so that didn’t really bother me.

Graphics: 4/5
The graphics are done very well. The cute little mice should appeal to both kids and adults alike. The animations are great — I love seeing the mice knocked out and then try to scurry away.

Audio: 4/5
The music is upbeat but not overly so. It captures the mood of the game well without being distracting.
The sound effects are also done well, from the pull-back of the mousetrap spring to the “boing” as the cheese bounces off sausages. It does a good job of completing the whole experience.

Replay Value: 3/5
Currently, there are only two worlds and a total of 40 levels to play through. However, many of them do offer a pretty good challenge that will extend the length of the game, especially if you want to complete each level with three mice. There are no leader boards or achievements to add to the replay value. If you don’t care about collecting three mice per level, you could finish the game in one sitting. Those who will get the most out of it are the completists who will want to get all the mice.

Conclusion: 3.5/5
Cat’s Revenge is yet another physics puzzle game, but it is different enough to offer players a unique experience. If you’re a sucker for cute animals or you like a challenge, and don’t mind spending 99 cents on a fairly short game, give it a try. But if you’re looking for something to last you as long as Angry Birds or Cut the Rope, you may want to look elsewhere. At least until new levels are added.

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