30 Nov

Box Cat is a retro style bash ’em up game and released by Rusty Moyher.

“Box Cat is a retro arcade smasher created exclusively for iOS. Smash into cars and create traffic mayhem! Drive Box Cat towards oncoming cars with tilt or touch controls. Progress through Adventure mode to complete achievements, unlock new Cats and discover the world of Box Cat. Battle waves of cars and trucks in the relentless Survival Mode. Enjoy life while smashing through 7 lanes of heavy traffic in Rush Hour mode.”

The application puts you in control of Box Cat, a cat with the ability to smash the cars he runs into.

Gameplay wise, you enter a street and are given a number of cars to smash and a time limit to do it in. So you run around bashing as many cars as you can. There are power ups (coins) along the way that will shield you, give extra time or if you pick up three yellows will turn you into a large cat.

The game offers 3 play modes:

  • Adventure – Move from street to street trying to get as far as you can, completing missions on the way.
  • Survival – Play wave after wave without letting the cars get away.
  • Rush Hour – Smash as many cars as possible in the 90 seconds time limit.

In the adventure mode you are given missions to do, when the three objectives for that level are complete you will be awarded a new costume (Like Squirrel Cat and Zombie Cat). Also at the end of each level you will have a boss to clear, they can only be destroyed by a dash attack.

The controls can be played by either buttons, touch or tilt controls. You move left and right on the screen and have a dash attack to shoot across the screen. I found the touch controls the best as the buttons were a little too small, and I am a not a huge fan of tilt.

The graphic and sound are both retro in style. The different costumes of box cat are nice. I found some of the music a little too annoying, but the rest of the sounds are fine.

This is also a universal application and plays great on all devices.

On the upside:

  • Fast paced retro action.
  • Universal App.

On the downside:

  • So of the music can grate after a while.
  • Becomes very slow to unlock things as you progress.

Overall, this is very good little game, it reminded me of “The Incident” in several ways, but is a very different game. If you liked this style of retro gaming with fun gameplay and old style looks then it is well worth a look. Playability and fun are the key components of Box Cat. 

Rating: 82%

Size: 4.9 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Box Cat – Rusty Moyher

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews


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