When some games are brought over to a new continent they can risk getting lost in translation - whereas some are so refreshingly unusual and off kilter they become an unexpected smash hit.
Developer Ponos is hoping its latest title, The Battle Cats, falls into the latter category. The game already boasts 10 million downloads in Japan and two million downloads in the first month of its release in Korea, but is now finally available in the US, the UK, and other English-speaking countries.
From its title you might imagine The Battle Cats might be a little more than just a standard pet sim, and you’d be right. Instead it’s an action title where you control a feline army and take on a range of weird and interesting enemies - and destroy their bases along the way.
Character sprites are a mix of the unusual and the even more unusual, with cats with towering stilt like legs - and then what appear to be cat sumo wrestlers. If you don’t believe me just check out the trailer below, which arguably encapsulates the game’s madcap sensibilities far better than mere words can.
Fortunately the underlying gameplay mechanics aren’t nearly as bizarre, with a simple battle system and an even simpler levelling up system which allows you to upgrade your cat warriors using the XP that you earn as you clear stages. You can evolve your fighters into more powerful cats once they reach level ten, and collecting a range of treasures that are scattered throughout the game can also help boost your character’s abilities.
To sum up, when asked, the developer believes the game works for three main reasons - the number of loveable characters there are, the amount of stages that are on offer, and the ease at which you can play.
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