Cat Quest is a Fine Feline RPG

first_img Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Cat Quest is a role-playing game where instead of playing as some generic Dungeons and Dragons character you take on the furry role of an adorable cartoon cat. The developers (the perfectly named “The Gentlebros”) really could’ve just stopped right there. That premise alone would’ve gotten them all the profitable cat love the internet could provide. And in truth, there’s not much more to the game than that. But Cat Quest adds just enough extra polish and craft to give its cute gag some staying power.A cat-based RPG could’ve taken many forms, but oddly enough Cat Quest’s biggest source of inspiration seems to be Skyrim of all things. No, it’s not an epic first-person 3D adventure dripping with production value only Bethesda can pull off. But it does give players a fairly expansive open world to explore and fight through in real time. Plus, the plot revolves you trying to rescue your sister using your special dragon powers, which is totally a parody of Skyrim’s Dragonborn business.AdChoices广告Instead of switching between a map screen and the action, all of Cat Quest’s action takes place on the top-down map screen. However, it’s not a static and flat piece of paper. On the ground you’ll see routes and names of buildings and villages in classy cartography font. But the inhabitants mill about on top as if this was an actual vibrant living world. The way the 2D characters are separated by deep planes stretching into the distance gives the game an appealing immersive storybook look, almost like upcoming Switch game Octopath Traveler. The style helps art that might have otherwise seemed plain despite the cuteness stand out more. The jaunty “epic” quest music adds a lot, too.Once you start playing Cat Quest for an extended period of time, though, all the charming cat puns in the world (Catpital City being my favorite) can’t hide that this is a pretty basic RPG. Take on quests as you travel around town, catnapping to regain strength. There are monsters in the overworld but the challenge really lies in caves spread across the map. In general the game gets more difficult the more north you go, an elegant idea. But gameplay-wise things are very straightforward regardless of difficulty.The real-time combat has you swinging your weapon and rolling away from attacks. Enemies telegraph the range of their hits, giving you a chance to dodge and manage crowds of enemies. It’s pretty fun and tactical. You can also equip different spells like healing and lightning to different triggers.But overall fights are basic in a way that makes sense considering the game’s casual mobile roots. The combat doesn’t get much deeper even as you’re forced to keep engaging with it to grind enough experience for higher-level challenges. I was also hoping for some more creative gear to find and equip. A cat in a wizard’s hat is pretty great but the sky could’ve been the limit when it comes to feline dress-up.Cat Quest’s competent RPG mechanics and charming look keep it entertaining for longer than I would’ve expected. But it eventually still began to bore me. Still, it’s a good entry point for RPG fans who may be too overwhelmed by Skyrim or Zelda. It’s perfect for kittens.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Cat Quest is an RPG where you play as a dang cat.2. Fight monsters with your sword, acrobatics, and magic.3. The 2D world is brought to life with an immersive storybook look.4. However, adorable aesthetics and playable pussy cats can’t make up for how basic and boring Cat Quest can be over time.5. Still, Cat Quest may be a good option for folks too overwhelmed by more complex RPGs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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