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Oh Nyan Cat. Why? No really, I want to know why. Sure the music is catchy – I vote to make the orchestral version the official theme of the Internet - and the cartoon is cute, but haven’t we taken this far enough? Apparently not as there’s still more Nyan Cat making its way into virtually every form of media these days. Oh, and some iOS games, too.
Nyan Cat: Lost In Space is… well, it’s Nyan Cat. As an endless runner. The little rainbow-trailing Pop Tart feline must leap from platform to delicious platform, gathering snacks and other assorted goodies while avoiding bad things or plummeting to certain doom. By “bad things” I mean dogs, sticks of dynamite, and even UFOs that will abduct and shakedown Nyan Cat for his treats. And by “goodies” I mean donuts, cakes, space helmets, “cigarettes” that seem a bit to Rasta to be comprised of tobacco, Super Nyan Cat logos, and a whole lot more. Coins can also be acquired throughout each run and can then be spent on new themes, outfits, and power-up upgrades. Power-upgrades? I dunno.
To say Nyan Cat: Lost In Space is almost bursting at the seams with content is putting it mildly. There are a great deal of unique power-ups that can change just about any situation, plenty of quirky platforms (bouncing, disappearing, etc) to keep players on their toes, and the ever-present call of the coin to unlock new stuff. And that’s just one mode. The other puts players in control of Nyan Cat’s nemesis, Tac Nayn, who’s some kind of evil waffle cat. And then there are the un-lockables themselves: level themes, outfits (Nyan Predator? Why not?), and permanent power-up boosts that can really mix things up.
The jumping in Nyan Cat: Lost In Space took some getting used to as the little guy jumps as though he were wearing lead shoes, but it doesn’t take too long to adjust. Besides, most of the platforms are positioned juuuuuust right so it’s almost never an issue. A more prominent problem is the amount of coins needed to unlock most of the walled-off content. I have no issue with requiring 2000 coins for a costume pack, seeing as it’s a collection of several outfits, but charging the same for a level theme – especially considering that there’s only one theme to start with, which can theoretically get dull after a while – seems like a bit much.
It’s incredibly hard to take Nyan Cat: Lost In Space seriously, but that’s kind of the point. It’s a completely ridiculous game and it wears its craziness right on its sleeve. Possibly on its collar and pants, too. And that’s a big part of what makes it fun, even with the minor issues.