For some reason, Cat Quest has never been on my radar. I first discovered the game late last year when I saw a physical copy, but it slipped my mind soon after. After watching the trailer for Cat Quest 2, I decided to pick up the first one, which was on sale on PSN. After starting Cat Quest on Friday evening, I Platinumed the game early Sunday morning. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every moment of this feline-centric indie RPG.
I’m generally a fan of the bigger budget – or AAA – RPGs. My gaming collection (and more so my backlog) is littered with Square Enix and Bethesda titles. But, I love cats and that’s what pulled me into the world of Cat Quest. Afterall, how often do you get to play as an adorable feline and not some young “destined” white guy on a quest to save the world?
Everything about Cat Quest is simple and cute, from its art style to its battle mechanics and the story. Upon booting the game, Cat Quest throws you into its world as you take on the role of a silent yellow cat whose sister has been kidnapped by an evil magician. You are shipwrecked and arrive in a new land where you not only need to find your sibling, but you also help the local residents. While the tale won’t win any awards, the dialogue between characters is adorable with little quips and cat puns constantly thrown about.
As with any RPG, Cat Quest is divided up into the main storyline and side quests. You’ll receive these quests from notice boards in town, though you can only undertake one at a time. It’s a welcome change from the likes of Skyrim where you receive quests willy-nilly. Though, the game lacks any sort of way to track your progress, which makes finding tinding and incomplete dungeons difficult. Dungeons and new quest markers can be seen on the world map, but it’s a cumbersome system.
The majority of Cat Quest takes place on the overworld itself, where you’ll fight monsters, interact with residents and towns, and enter dark dungeons. Don’t expect an in-depth role-playing experience as dungeons are limited to a single floor and can be completed within five minutes or so. Unless, like me, you keep charging into areas that are far above your level and you keep dying. The healing system leaves much to be desired as spells feel useless, there are no potions, and the best way to heal is to level up your character or cat nap in the local town.
The game features a real-time combat system in which you’ll hack and slash your way through fiend after friend. Each monster in the world of Cat Quest has their own attack radius and shapes, which you’ll need to dodge and exploit. Once a foe is defeated, it’ll drop experience points and gold that can be used to buy goodies from the local smith. Though, the game doesn’t contain a traditional loot system.
None of the loot in Cat Quest can be sold and it’ll sit in your inventory forever. It’s not an oversight by the developers, but rather a way to initiate item upgrades. When finding duplicates of any items you already own, that it’s level will increase, giving it better stats. The drops and chest items are randomised so expect to grind for that special upgrade that you’re after.
You can pick up Cat Quest on pretty much any platform, and I played it on the PS4. If you love cats and RPGs, buy this game. It may be an RPG that you can complete in a weekend, but you’ll be giggling and swooning over all of the kitties.