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Game Info:

Skater Cat
Developed by: Fun Unit
Published by: Teyon
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Available on: 3DS
Genre:  Runner
Number of Players: Single-Player
ESEB Rating: Everyone
Price: $4.99

Thank you Teyon for sending us this game to review!

Skater Cat is a runner game that lets you control a constantly moving cat on a skate board.  There are various obstacles to avoid including spike-covered dogs, boulders, trash cans, and pits of doom.  Touching dogs, boulders, and garbage cans won’t kill you, but they will slow you down.  The only way to die is to miss or under estimate jumping over a pit.   

Scattered across each level are fish treats to eat/collect and cats that will follow you if you pass them.  If you touch a dog or spikes, you will lose one of your cat followers.   When you reach the end of a level, you are scored by how fast it took to complete it and by how many cat followers you have.  Depending on those metrics, you are awarded one to three medals.   

Skater Cat
Highlights:

Strong Points: Cute platformer/running style game; Mii integration
Weak Points: Pricey for only thirty levels; not much variety in levels of background music
Moral Warnings: Cartoon violence

There are three worlds in this game and they each have ten levels within them.  You have to play the levels in order and completing all of the levels in one world does not automatically let you gain entry to the next one.  Access to the other worlds is dependent on how many medals you have.  I had to go back and get more levels on the first world before I was able to play the second.

The worlds are not drastically different from each other, but new challenges are added.  The second world introduces gravity switches that turn the player upside down.  Falling platforms are added in the last world.  Sometime in the second world, I unlocked the option to play as my Mii.  I haven’t seen too many games take advantage of that, so it’s nice to see.  

Even though Skater Cat is single player, there is some spot pass support that lets you share your best times and ghost runs with other players.  You can race against your ghost anytime after you complete a level.  

Skater Cat
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 70%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 6/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 96%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The ghost shows up as a colored dot and isn’t distracting.  The top screen shows the level which is broken up into layers; the 3D effects work well in this game.  There are some misplaced doors that serve little purpose as they do not seem to hide obstacles behind them.  There are various backdrops, but I don’t pay much attention to them since I’m focused on the pending jumps and dogs in my path.  The bottom screen displays the level terrain, but not the completion amount.  The graphics are colorful and cute, but nothing too engaging.

The background music is peppy but repetitive.  It would have been nice to have more variety here.  The cat and dog sound effects are decent though.

Skater Cat is a family friendly game that my kids enjoyed playing and watching.  The $4.99 price tag is a bit steep for a game with only thirty levels and not much variety.  If it goes on sale I recommend checking it out.  My kids were content with playing it on my 3DS instead of spending their allowance to have it on theirs.

 

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Cheryl Gress

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