Developer: Digital Tentacle S.L.
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Through my experiences with cats growing up I can safely say that they are crafty little creatures that stop at nothing to get the object of their desire. This statement has never been more true than in the game Captain Cat Pocket. This puzzle game follows a clever cat on a quest aboard his boat to hook fish straight out on the ocean using nothing but the boat’s anchor. This task proves to be tricky as fish find a way to hide themselves around corners and different obstacles.
Captain Cat Pocket is set up much like other puzzle games in the App Store. There are currently two different worlds with several levels within each world. The object of the game is to navigate the cat’s anchor through a seascape obstacle course to hook and drag up fish from the ocean floor. This is done by touching the screen to drop the anchor into the water. As the anchor sits in the water, it will sway from side to side. To drop the anchor further, players will need to touch and hold the screen as the anchor swings in the direction they want the anchor to go. This can get tricky at times and players will need to watch the angles they drop the line to avoid hitting any walls. However, the game isn’t just about not hitting the anchor into the walls. There are three objectives, including collecting all coins and completing the level in the allotted time, that will need to be completed in order to achieve a three-star score. As the levels get harder it may take players a few tries to achieve all three stars.
Cat Captain reminds me a lot of games like Where’s My Water and Cut the Rope. As the gameplay progresses, new obstacles and challenges arise that make the game both challenging and addicting. This style of gameplay sucks players in since each level can be completed in under a minute. It’s ideal for casual gamers that just need a quick dose of fun. The one-touch controls are simple and the graphics and characters create a friendly environment.
For $0.99 players will get 75 levels with the promise of additional game modes and objectives in the future. Keep in mind this version of Captain Cat Pocket is for the iPhone and iPod Touch only. An iPad version, simply named Captain Cat, is also available for $1.99. Other games in this category seem to release a universal versions for one price so I was surprised the developers chose to create two separate versions. However, the amount of content and additionally promised levels definitely make the $0.99 price tag worth the investment for the Pocket version. Players ready for a new casual game will find a friend in Captain Cat as they follow him and his boat catching everything he can.