Developer: C4MProd
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

There’s a certain tongue in cheek charm to Bulba the Cat that’s immediately apparent. Even the description on the app store conveys a feeling that the developers don’t take themselves seriously. The storyline is described as ‘the most complex story ever written in human history (approximate evaluation)’ because clearly it is. You control Bulba the Cat who has to retrieve their stolen sushi from a nasty crow. Why a crow would steal sushi and why a cat would eat it, I have no idea. My cat certainly wouldn’t be impressed by sushi.

The concept is simple – using the accelerometer and tilting the iPhone around, you move Bulba across the screen. Be careful though as he can drown quite easily so it’s vital you only bounce from platform to platform. It’s simple enough and each level is theoretically quite brief to complete. There are 60 levels in all and each level gets increasingly difficult to complete meaning there’s a fair challenge here. While early levels simply involve not falling in the water, later levels provide windmill obstacles, mushrooms that can be jumped upon and the ever challenging platform that collapses once you jump on it.

It’s consistently fun to play though and the game is never anything but charming. Even the menu options are sweet such as ‘Cat’s Enough’ if you want to quit out and ‘Paw screen’ instead of touch the screen.

For a mere $0.99, Bulba The Cat is excellent fun. It’s simple and cute but very entertaining too. The controls may take a brief time to get to grips with but if they were anything other than tilt based, I suspect the game wouldn’t have the same level of charm as it does currently.

Oh and never fear, the app is only too happy to explain that no cats were harmed in the making of the game. That’s always reassuring to learn.

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