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Bombcats Special Edition is a puzzle game from Chillingo with an odd premise. In the game's world, cats explode, and they only don't explode if they are kept in a cage. The funny thing is these cats want to explode, so the goal of the game is for players to use exploding cats to jump their way over to captive cats and free them so they can explode, too. This zany premise ends up working though, as Bombcats is an absolutely delightful puzzle game.
To play Bombcats, players must aim an exploding cat to jump through an environment in order to free any caged kittens in the area. Players also receive bonus points for collecting suns and gems along the way. This simple formula works perfectly mainly because of smart level design, as well as the addition of different cats with different attributes and alternate game modes like marathon and time trial.
Players familiar with the regular old Bombcats game won't find a huge difference in gameplay here. The special edition of this game is only different in that it contains no in app purchases; making all items and upgrades available for purchase via in-game currency. These purchases include cosmetic items like hats and more meaningful game-changers like a power-up that enables a stronger blast radius or a longer fuse on each cat.
In addition to being a well-designed little puzzle game, Bombcats truly shines in all of the little things it does to make it easier to play. It is a snap to restart a level at the tap of a button, its built in mission structure is surfaced when players meet objectives, hints of what to do in novel situations appear at just the right moments, and levels load immediately after one another unless the game wants players to take a break and experience a new part of the game. Almost every single one of these simple little additions enhances the experience and makes Bombcats all the more enjoyable.
Overall, Bombcats Special Edition is a great puzzle game. It is full of well-designed levels and is super user friendly. Players that do not mind in-app purchase options should feel free to check out the normal edition since it is otherwise the exact same game. Either way though, I cannot recommend this game enough for puzzle enthusiasts.