Cat Quest
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Cat Quest is a very tongue-in-cheek role playing game that is sure to appeal to fans of the genre who also loves cats. Don’t be fooled by the bright, colorful visuals, though, as the game is every bit as fun and addictive as its serious counterparts. The streamlined interface and open world makes the game a joy to play and it offers hours of fun, although it can also be enjoyed in short bursts if you don’t have a lot of time. It is obviously not as in-depth as more serious takes on the genre, but remains addictive and entertaining throughout.

Gameplay: A very accessible entry in the action RPG genre that favors fun over statistics and inventory juggling.

Graphics: Bright, colorful and very easy on the eyes.

Sound: The game doesn’t have any speech, but the soundtrack hits all the nostalgic notes

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Cat Quest

Developer: The Gentlebros  | Publisher: PQube Limited | Release Date: 2017 | Genre: Action / Adventure / Indie / RPG | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Cat Quest opens with a pair of feline siblings on a small boat cruising the ocean on a fishing trip. However, this tranquil excursion is interrupted by the appearance of an evil cat named Drakoth. Wasting no time, Drakoth kidnaps your sister and wrecks your boat, leaving you stranded in the world of Felingard. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. Our furry vengeance seeker discovers that he might just be a Dragonblood, giving him the ability to destroy dragons. This is quite handy as Felingard appears to have a dragon infestation and there are plenty of the scaly reptiles standing between you and Drakoth. In addition, you soon meet up with a helpful companion ghost, named Spirry, who joins you on your quest.

Aside from the fact that it is set in a world of cats, RPG fans should be very familiar with the premise of Cat Quest. Starting out as an ill-equipped weakling, it is your job to slay monsters, grab loot, buy better equipment and level up until your warrior stands a better chance of taking down the final boss. However, Cat Quest does all of this in such a charming and addictive manner that it is hard not to get sucked in even if the formula is nothing new. Your time in Cat Quest will be split between wandering around the seamless overworld map completing quests and entering the numerous dungeons to clear out the monsters and grab the loot. The world of Felingrad is quite large and later in the game when you gain abilities like walking on water and flying, it opens up even more. Yet, despite the size of the map, Cat Quest never feels as overwhelming as some role playing games as everything is very streamlined.

Quests can be completed in a matter of minutes and you can only do one side quest at a time, so you never become bogged down with an unwieldy quest log. There’s no need to worry about lugging around an inventory full of junk either as finding duplicate equipment simply levels up items. This means that even weapons or armor that you discover early in the game can remain useful if you keep finding duplicates, which is something that isn’t often seen in the genre. Wandering close to dungeons also displays their recommended levels to ensure that you never stumble into anything you can’t handle. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from tackling more difficult areas if you are looking for a bigger challenge.

The streamlined nature of Cat Quest is visible everywhere. For example, traditional role playing games tend to have an overhead map for exploration and then separate screens for towns. This often means finding a town and then finding an inn, going inside, talking to the owner, paying a fee, resting until healed, leaving the inn, and finally leaving the town to continue on your quest. Not so in Cat Quest, instead towns are accessed from the overworld map and everything important can be accessed immediately.

So, if you want to rest you simply walk up to an inn and press a button to cause your cat to plop down and have a snooze right in front of it. Looking for a side quest? Just walk up to the notice board and press a button to read what is available and then choose whether you are interested or not. It is very intuitive and making your way around the map never feels like a chore. New spells can be bought or upgraded from the mage towers that dot the map and completing quests rewards you with gold and experience points.

Cat Quest is viewed from an isometric overhead perspective, which coupled with the detailed 2D visuals, gives the game a lot of charm. The cat designs are simply adorable and seeing how the look of your kitty changes depending on the weapons and armor you equip is a treat. Enemy designs are just as great and you’ll be facing off against chubby, one-eyed, purple bats, spiky hedgehogs, fiery foxes, ghosts and many other imaginative foes. Dragons also make frequent appearances, ranging from small ones that are barely bigger than the feline protagonist to large ones that tower over him. Of course, all these foes would have been a big nuisance if the combat wasn’t up to scratch, but this is another area where Cat Quest excels. Instead of the random encounters and turn-based battles that are typically found in the genre, Cat Quest instead features enemies that are visible and real-time combat. During combat you can use one button for your melee attack and another to another to perform a dodge roll. Up to four buttons can also be assigned to your magical attacks, but these require mana to use. Mana can only be replenished by scoring melee attacks on enemies, so you have to get your paws dirty in combat. Luckily, the radius of enemy attacks or magical spells are displayed briefly before they are performed, so you have enough time for evasive maneuvers. The result is that combat never feels like a chore and you are never left staring into space while simply spamming your most powerful spell or attack.

Although Cat Quest is perfectly playable using a keyboard and mouse, we found that using a controller felt more intuitive. Slashing away at a foe before rolling out of reach and letting loose a powerful spell quickly become second nature and the streamlined menus mean that everything from equipping weapons and armor to assigning spells can be done quickly. The responsive controls, coupled with the action packed combat, ensures that Cat Quest never becomes as tedious or repetitive as similar titles. The game doesn’t feature any speech for the characters, but makes up for this with some nice sound effects and music that never becomes annoying. The music has a very nostalgic sound and, while catchy, never becomes obtrusive or annoying.

Anyone looking for a lighthearted RPG experience that is overflowing with cat puns and an addictive, just-one-more-go feel, should definitely not miss out on Cat Quest. Role playing games tend to be a huge commitment in terms of time and effort, but Cat Quest manages to offer a streamlined experience while still covering all the essentials. It is the type of game where you can complete a quest or two in the time it would have taken to rest, declutter your inventory and restock your party. Although it is obviously not the best choice if you are in the mood for an RPG with a lot of depth and gripping storyline, it is hard not to be charmed by Cat Quest.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7500U CPU @ 2.70GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel(R) HD Graphics 620
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • OS: OS X 10.6
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 300 MB available space
  • OS: OS X 10.7
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 300 MB available space

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