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Developer: Chillingo Ltd

Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Disco Kitten is one of those games that make very little sense until they’ve been played. Explaining this game feels like explaining one of those incomprehensible Japanese game shows that is entertaining to watch but very hard to figure out what is going on. Fortunately, this game is lots of fun to play even if there isn’t a logical reason for any of the game to take place. Of course there’s no rule that a game has to make logical sense to be entertaining, and Disco Kitten proves it.

In this game the player controls a futuristic, robotic kitten named Punka. Punka has a friend called Bunka who happens to be a giant head that lives to gorge itself on electricity. Punka’s job is to help Bunka get all the electricity he needs to fill himself up. And how does a robot kitten go about collecting electricity for a giant disembodied head? Why by dancing in front of lightning rod-like statues to transfer the electricity that they’s collected from lightning bolts to his friend, of course.

There are five spots for Punka the kitten to stand in each level and four electricity collecting statues. Punka can stand in front of any of the statues or off to the side in front of none of them. Lightning pours down in rhythmic patterns from emitters above each statue and fills the statues up with energy. When Punka stands in front of a statue, that energy is transfered to the big headed Bunka. However, the kitten can’t be standing in front of a statue while it’s being hit by lightning or else he will get shocked and destroyed and the player will have to wait for a new Punka to continue the level. If any of the statues get completely full of electricity they turn to stone and the level is over. The player moves Punka around from statue to statue and out of the way of incoming lightning filling up Bunka with energy until he is full. Once full, the level is complete.

Disco Kitten is unique to say the least. The eclectic mix of gameplay, mechanics, visuals and music makes for a game that doesn’t easily fit into many genres. This one-of-a-kind game is lots of fun and very challenging as well. Quick fingers and an even faster eye are needed, but players will find they enjoy it even when they might not be passing every level the first time.

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