Bombcats Special Edition Review
- Decent flow through batches of levels.
- Real sense of progression over a massive, content-packed map.
- Different cat types keep things interesting.
- Checkpoint events kill flow.
- Gem currency feels like a holdover from the freemium version.
Bombcats Special Edition is a solid, well-presented physics puzzler with loads of content. Unfortunately, it can't quite get away from its currency-based freemium roots.
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Chillingo has been experimenting with freemium games in recent months. One of these experiments was Bombcats, a game which combined the physics flinging fun of exploding kitties with a freemium gem system. We didn't get around to reviewing the original release, but with Bombcats Special Edition sidelining the gem currency and adding more content, we thought we'd take second look.
So there are these trapped kittens. To free them, you chuck an exploding cat (because cats explode now) in their general direction. Cats can jump more than once, and, nlike other games in the genre, you don't need to wait till the cat comes to a complete stop before flinging it again. However, you can only make it jump so many times. Once he fuse has been lit, and it's only a matter of time until complete kitty combustion.
As you progress through the massive world map, you unlock new cats, upgrades, powers, and skins. These cost gems to purchase, which you can earn from completing levels and collecting suns. Obviously this is a hangover from the freemium model, though the items do cost less than before.
However, gems aren't the only echo of Bombcats Special Edition's previous incarnation. Every few levels, just when you're really getting into the flow of the game, you have to exit back to the map to either unlock an upgrade or partake in a time trail or marathon. While these events can be enjoyable in their own right, the forced checkpoints interrupt your progress, to the point where you begin to dread their appearance.
Bombcats Special Edition has strong enough presentation and ideas to hold its on in the physics flinger genre. However, while the freemium aspects of the game have been softened, the game can't escape its free-to-play roots. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you don't like juggling ingame currencies, you might find Bombcats Special Edition's explosive charms might fizzle out a little early.
Description"Bombcats: Special Edition is a premium version of the smash hit Bombcats, but with the fun turned up to 11! No more in-app purchases, and lots more stuff to amplify your enjoyment, including Boosts, Powers, Costumes, and Upgrades for you cats. It's the best version of Bombcats ever made!!!"
What the players think:
"Bombs + Cats = Awesome"
"Unique puzzler with fantastic, adorable graphics. Also cats."
"I bought this game because my daughter loves cats and I thought it would be fun for her, and after playing it for a while it turns out that I am the one who loves it!"
"Bombcats certainly knows how to scratch any time-killing itch you have." - Modojo, 4/5
"A solid, incredibly entertaining experience." - Kotaku
Bombcats: Special Edition features the great gameplay of Bombcats but now with no IAP.
From Radiangames, the makers of Super Crossfire and Slydris, send in the Bombcats! Seven cute but volatile felines ready to explode into action to save their imprisoned furry friends. Ready your aim and fire these detonating kitties across the screen!
DIG YOUR CLAWS IN
Master your Bombcat flinging skills in over 190 levels and 42 goals. Go the distance in Marathon challenges as you furiously flick to set the best times.
PAWS FUR THOUGHT
There are seven different kinds of Bombcat at your disposal, and each one has their own special skill! From the wall-gripping Clawdia, to the ground-shaking Crush!
Kit your kittie out using a wardrobe of props and costumes. Dress your cats in top hats, pink fur and rainbow trails. Upgrade your Bombcats with longer fuses, higher jumps, and even bigger explosions.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES!
• Everything--upgrades, costumes, boosts, and powers--costs fewer gems
• You now can choose to do Marathon or Time Trials to advance through the game
• You can spend 500 gems to skip a level.
• You get 5 attempts per challenge (instead of 3).
• Gems are worth 10/25 (instead of 5/20).
• Some power/boost unlocks happen a bit sooner.
• No IAP at all (and no moves limit).
• Save the Bombkittens across 190 levels
• Seven Bombcats, each with unique traits
• Customize your cats with hats, fur and other fashion items
• UNIVERSAL; works purrfectly on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
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