Cats often get a bad rap when compared to dogs; yet furry felines continue to reign supreme thanks to the internet’s love of cat memes and viral videos. If you do worship your cat like a God and also happen to enjoy role-playing games, Cat Quest – published by PQube and developed by The Gentlebros – could be for you.
Previously released on Steam, iOS and Google Play devices, Cat Quest is about a young cat that embarks on a grand adventure to rescue his sister. It seems simple enough until you’re informed dragons have also been causing trouble within the lands of Felingard.
A lot of the action – including the combat – plays out on a large open world map in real time. When you're not fighting enemies or searching dungeons for loot, you'll spend your time interacting with the world’s citizens whilst taking on side quests, occasionally resting at town inns to replenish your health and save game progress.
Cat Quest is a very user-friendly role-playing game. There are no overly complicated levelling, loot or progression systems – making it a great entry point for anyone who is new to this genre. Despite the simplistic design, it still offers potentially hours of entertainment.
The combat in Cat Quest may lack depth, but is polished enough to remain satisfying for a prolonged period of time. In a battle, the silent protagonist will be required to roll about to avoid attacks while executing the occasional elemental spell and engaging enemies in a more physical manner. You’ll need to maintain focus during a fight or else it’ll take multiple attempts to clear an area. Wearing different types of clothing - like chainmail - will increase the hero’s armour, whereas donning robes improves mana. Taking on hoards of enemies within dungeons and around the world quickly becomes the norm; to mix it up you’ll also spend plenty of time slashing away at larger boss enemies. After each fight the hero is awarded with XP and plenty of coin to upgrade abilities or buy new items.
The side quest element of Cat Quest is perhaps one of the more appealing aspects of the game. Throughout the world citizens will ask you for assistance. Sometimes it’ll be a fetch quest, and other times you’ll need to clear a dungeon of enemies. Across the world of Felingard are a variety of locations, from dangerous forests to an entire town that has been possessed. As diverse as this may sound, it all feels relatively similar from start to finish.
To add a bit more character to Cat Quest, the developer makes reference to legendary titles such as Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda. You’re continually reminded of this in between all the cat puns as you are a dragon slayer wearing outfits similar to Link’s, and even have a helpful fairy-like companion to guide you.
The overall level of polish is Cat Quest’s definitive trait. The game looks great – sporting fantastic artwork – and it runs incredibly well on the big screen and also in handheld mode. The in-game menus are easy to navigate and combat is flawless courtesy of the responsive controls. The soundtrack isn’t the most inspiring, but definitely does the job given the type of game this is. The sound itself definitely adds to the satisfaction of combat.
As polished as Cat Quest may be, it does have a few downsides. The strong focus on cats and endless supply of cat puns is obviously not a world everyone will want to immerse themselves in – especially if you are a dog lover. However, if you are willing to overlook this and the basic design, what is on offer is a functional role-playing game that can be played for short or longer periods of time by players of all ages and cat lovers alike.