Cat Quest is a new indie game to make the transition from mobile game to console and was developed by The Gentlebros and published by PQube Limited. Best described as a cartoony Diablo style action RPG with a story that closely resembles Skyrim, but with cats. Yes, those cute, furry, and usually indifferent animals inhabit this high fantasy world. Players control a strong and silent feline as he sets out on a quest to save his sister, catnapped by the evil Drakoth, who as bad as he may be, is still pretty darn cute.
Cat Quest came to mobile a couple months ago but never showed up on my radar. Thankfully the console version caught my eye with it’s cartoon armored cat hero. This unnamed hero is washed ashore after the villan wrecks his ship. There he meets Spirry, his guardian spirit, an odd fairy-like creature who looks like Kirby with cat ears. The two set out and soon discover that our hero is one of the long missing “Dragonblood” line, able to defeat dragons! This sounds familiar…
Beyond it’s pun filled names and hodgepodge of borrowed story ideas, Cat Quest is actually a great game. It’s interface is simple and easy to follow. Graphics, while basic and repetitive, are well drawn and extremely cute. Music is catchy and adventurous. Combat is a test of dexterity, as players must keep watch on indicators under enemies to see the attack or spell area, then dodge away. Cat Quest may look cute but it’s actually pretty rough at the start, enemies can pile up on you and if you miss the indicators, your hero can die fast.
Players can attack with various weapons for close combat, but also acquire various spells along the way. They range from healing to various elemental damage in different area schemes. For example, lightning goes left and right in a long line, where fire is a large circle and adds a damage over time effect. This creates some variety for players as up to four spells can be assigned to the LB/RB and RT/LT. Mana goes fast, but is regenerated with melee attacks, so it’s important to balance your standard attacks and spells. The key to success in combat I found was to be attentive and run away if your health gets too low.
As with most RPG, Cat Quest uses character levels and experience. Experience is gained by completing quests and enemies drop orbs of it and also gold. Gold is for upgrading your spells so try to focus primarily on the ones you use the most. I am, as of this writing, level 30, with no end in sight, and from what I can tell, players can just keep killing monsters and level up as long as they like, even after completing the main story. There is no set classes in Cat Quest, but instead players can choose from armor and weapons suited to a particular playstyle. Choose platemail and focus on melee, or go with wizard robes and staff for added spell damage but less health and damage resistance. Play around with it and find what works for you. Items are found all over in caves or as quest rewards. Nothing overly complicated, just head, chest, and weapon slots.
The map for Cat Quest is very reminiscent of Final Fantasy games back on Super Nintendo, players can zoom out and get a better view of their quest objectives and surrounding caves and dungeons. As you travel there are little towns throughout the land that offer up side quests and most importantly, a place to cat nap. This will save your game and replenish all health and mana. This, and the easy to use interface, allows for even younger players to pick up Cat Quest and be successful, being able to run around areas leveling up before moving on to the next challenge, along with the simplified mechanics, make it a great choice for kids.
Cat Quest has much more to offer than cat jokes and cute graphics. Even without those factors I would of enjoyed it. I have spent quite a bit more time than I anticipated just running around killing enemies and having a great time! Cat Quest has been my “game between games” as I keep coming back to it when I don’t have enough time to get into a long serious game, but still have twenty minutes to burn. I have since even bought it for my iPhone, starting over but at least I can play in line at the post office now too. At an MSRP of only $12.99 on PSN, Cat Quest is a fantastic buy if you have kids who game or just love cats and enjoy a good action RPG.
Cat Quest is available now on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mobile. This review is based on a PS4 copy provided by the publisher.