Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone
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I don't know about you, but any game that has the word "kittens" in the title is an automatic must-play for me. There's just something attention-grabbing about a game involving kittens, I guess.
Chicks vs. Kitten's title is pretty self explanatory. The idea here is that gamers must protect a mother chicken and her nest which sit atop a tree from hordes of kittens that are trying to climb up the tree. Players have a number of tools at their disposal to aid them in their challenge to stop the waves of tree-climbing kittens. For example, they can throw baby chicks at the looming kittens to knock them further down the tree, as well as unleash upgraded chicks and other special abilities upon the approaching felines.
The game is actually a little more complex than this, though, because it's not as simple as just throwing baby chick after baby chick at the kittens. In order to throw a chick, first players must hatch an egg. But in order to hatch an egg, they first must have enough points to purchase one. Points, meanwhile, are earned by tapping on falling leaves. Players are tasked with a challenge that requires quick thinking and an ability to prioritize. Simply put, there's a ton going on screen each level, and it can become quite hectic at times, which is part of the allure of Chicks vs. Kittens.
The game has a very well-designed tutorial system, which slowly introduces different game mechanics over the course of the first several levels. GameDigits has done an impressive job with the tutorial, as it’s a facet of the game that immediately stands out.
If there's a downside to Chicks vs. Kittens it's that the game doesn't give out much incentive to keep playing. The levels all feel kind of the same, with the main changes being limited to changing scenery and an ever-increasing difficulty.
That noted, Chicks vs. Kittens is still an original iPhone game that can offer fun in bite-size chunks. It's not something gamers will play for hours, but it's a fun, quirky title that will keep them entertained for those short moments where that's what they're looking for.