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Arcade Cats

 

 

SCORE: 76

 

Arcade Cats 

 

Arcade Cats is a fascinating puzzle game on the iPhone/iPod Touch. We received a reviewable copy here at Family Friendly Gaming, and have been trying to categorize this app. You have a little well it looks like a sewer entrance. Move it around, and then tap on it. A mouse or rat comes walking out. Your little critter will walk in a straight line collecting all the red stars and/or special items before walking off the screen. Cats walk around on some levels, and they will make your rats go away.

There are bright colors used in Arcade Cats. The various characters are large, but their animations are limited. When your mouse or rat comes into contact with a cat, then your mouse or rat turns into a white puff of smoke that vanishes. This is a neat way to handle what could have been violent content. Families will appreciate how visually safe Arcade Cats is. All of the characters have a cartoonish look to them.

The music in Arcade Cats is awesome! I really enjoyed listening to it. It feels Egyptian to me. With that said the music does not quite seem to fit the theme of this game. I never really felt like rats avoiding cats was Egyptian. If I was playing as an Egyptian cat, I could see. But this is a minor quibble, and others may have a diverse opinion.

Arcade Cats has enough levels to keep most gamers busy for a few weeks. It is not very expensive, so I feel Arcade Cats is worth the money. I would add that you have to enjoy this kind of a puzzle game otherwise you will not be happy with my recommendation. Arcade Cats contains Open Feint connectivity as well.

The controls in Arcade Cats work great as long as you maintain contact with the iPhone/iPod Touch. I only ran into issues when I took my finger off the screen, and tried to move my icon. This was a pain if it was in one of the corners. Why would I take my finger off the screen? Waiting for cats to pass by was the biggest reason. I also would occasionally double tap, and send two rats down the same path. This would lose me one of my precious little critters.

I really enjoyed the strategy levels where I had to deal with arrows that changed my rats direction. Avoiding the cats is actually pretty simple, but collecting enough stars before the time runs out with the limited amount of rats was more difficult. With all of that said I had fun playing Arcade Cats.

Arcade Cats teaches strategy in how to achieve a goal with limited resources. Don't you wish the government could learn that lesson? Maybe gift this game to your Senator and Congressman. Anyways, Arcade Cats also teaches timing, and planning ahead. I found this app to be very family friendly, and hope to see sequels to it in the coming months.
- Luke

 

Graphics: 71%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 74%
Family Friendly Factor: 77%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Star Cat Studios
Rating: '9+' for 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}

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