Switch version tested
Review code provided
Cat Quest for Nintendo Switch is a port of the 2017 hit game from developer The Gentlebros and published by PQube. Set in a fantastical world you explore a massive world with a unique twist. Raid dungeons gathering loot, complete quests and meet the many furry characters on this epic journey.
I was initially reluctant to give this game a go as I thought it was going to be another roguelike game, which is a genre I can’t personally get on with. Upon reading up about it I learned that it was actually an open-world RPG, it suddenly became far more appealing. The fact that the main hook of the game is that it is centred around cats was not lost on me and was a fairly big reason it intrigued me. Cats and RPGs are both things I like quite a lot. When I first played it I was initially a little disappointed, visually it’s functional but hardly stunning and the controls are also incredibly simple, I wasn’t impressed by any stretch of the imagination. That being said after sticking with it I think the simple approach is actually what makes the game and I’ve gotten pretty addicted to it due to it being so accessible.
What also helps is that the combat in Cat Quest only uses two buttons, one to attack and one to dodge, it works incredibly well. I like that the inventory system gives you a number of items and you improve them by collecting duplicates, it’s clever and saves on hoarding which I’m always guilty of in an RPG. The side quest system is clever too as it essentially pauses the main quest until you complete or abandon it, it’s great for quick blasts or extended sessions.
Cat Quest is a game heavily inspired by the Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Skyrim. It aims to provide a streamlined and concise open-world experience. The game also doesn’t take itself seriously, there’s a buttload of cat puns worked in (which I love far more than I should). The dialogue is fun, at one point the character that tags along with you refers to the bad guy as essentially the biggest cliche ever after discussing his nefarious scheme. The developers know what plays into the tropes of the genre and the game is all the more charming for it.
Overall I’m a big fan of this game, I love that it’s streamlined to make it as accessible as possible and has a sense of humour about itself. At £10 to purchase digitally, I also think it’s priced pretty nicely and definitely far better value than Alien: Colonial Marines. In summary, if you want an RPG that’s simple to pick up and can be played in quick bursts if needed then this is purrrfect.