Developer: Bake450
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.04.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Despite a love of photos of cute cats and kittens, the concept of Bread Cats has passed me by, which makes Bread Kittens seem all the more bizarre. Combine bread, kittens and Pokemon and Bread Kittens is kind of what you get. Like I said, bizarre.

The story is equally strange: the kittens of Catlandia are being brainwashed by the corrupt ChowCorp and it’s down to the player to save them all. To do this, the player must collect feral cats by capturing them with bread, levelling them up and, eventually, saving the world.

Players can’t explore the world for themselves, instead relying upon a world map which takes them from location to location but, otherwise, it’s all pretty straightforward for Pokemon fans. Players use their cats to battle the feral creatures, weakening them so that they can be captured. Capturing them is done via “breading them” – throwing a piece of bread at them so they get caught up in it.

The combat itself is a little more involved than the usual Pokemon style, mostly thanks to a slider affecting how strong the blow is. Sliding left to right, the player must tap it in the middle of the screen in order to strike the hardest blow. Otherwise, it’s mostly quite simple and slightly shallow fare.

One important addition is the need for bread and other baked goods. Players can bake loaves and other baked items in order to boost their cats’ defense and attack based skills. This can take a little time, although it is possible to spend real money for in-app purchases to speed things up.

Ultimately, though, there’s a lot of free game to enjoy here. Unlike a number of other freemium titles, players can play a lot of Bread Kittens in one session. The problem here is that it’s a little too shallow for extended play. In short doses, it’s quite pleasant but it lacks the longevity of the game it’s so keen to ape.

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