- Developer: TIKIPOD
- Publisher: TIKIPOD
- Release Date: 08/04/2021
- Price: £11.99 / $14.99
- Review code provided by TIKIPOD
Introducing: Astro Aqua Kitty Switch Review
Aqua Kitty returns in this RPG Shoot ‘em up that showcases the next chapter in his adventures and we have the review! Take flight into space as you explore liquid filled asteroids to mine for gems, fight massive bosses, rescue your fellow kitten-brethren, and upgrade your ship with various attachments and weapons. While you’re exploring, it would probably help you to avoid any Rabbits on your way through the cosmos as well as keeping an eye on your inventory because space limited, but outer space is quite vast!
Astro Aqua Kitty wastes no time in getting the player to begin their space exploration adventure. Immediately, you pick a pilot and a co-pilot. Both of which will have several different abilities to be unlocked using Skill Points, and are thrust into your first liquid filled asteroid. As you begin shooting and helping the various cat-characters you may begin to wonder something: ‘why am I doing this?” Astro Aqua Kitty completely skips over the part where ‘story’ was supposed to be introduced in favor of getting you right to its gameplay. It’s a confusing choice that really muddles the reason for Aqua Kitty to be in space exploring these asteroids. Several hours of gameplay didn’t yield answers and, honestly, this reviewer is not too broken up about that.
A Bore, A Chore, And Unnecessary Frustra-tor
Our review found Astro Aqua Kitty may lack a story, but what it lacks in story it… also lacks in gameplay. This game suffers from some serious scarcity-equates-difficulty design in which the levels are designed to have as little help for the player as possible. This can look like a very difficult hurdle when it is actually, in fact, just making the game more of a chore than it needs to be.
For instance: the levels in this game are GIGANTIC! WAY too big for the 3 – 4 things you have to do. It leads to backtracking across the entire map for several minutes while you try to dodge or defeat the enemies that reappear after a while. Due to the extreme amount of space between save points, this could spell the end of several minutes of progress if you happen to die to a stronger enemy that revived and got in your way. If there was a way to teleport between save points already discovered on the map, backtracking would be a thing of the past and risking your progress is no longer a worry.
Most weapons are absolutely useless. During our Astro Aqua Kitty review, we noticed there are several weapons you can equip. Only about 3 of them are of any use to you. The others are useless because of the energy they take up, the pitiful amount of damage they do, the extremely rare position an enemy has to be in for the weapon to work, or it’s the mines. Due to the vast amount of enemies you have to face, and the 2 directions you can fire in, there are very few weapons that can provide you an advantage in battle, which I guess is a good thing. At least you get more gems for recycling them.
Finally, this game is very boring. Without a story to explain why Aqua Kitty and his team are doing this, or a point to any of this, coupled with the useless weapons and too-spread out save points, this game just becomes a bore. A too-large, bogged down bore. With the open-world shoot ‘em up genre in their hands, Astro Aqua Kitty almost seems like a win when considering the source material, but it really doesn’t take advantage. It ends up feeling very empty, very long, and very uninteresting.
Astro Aqua Kitty is a very boring game. It offers very little to differentiate itself from the much better Shoot ‘em up games out there and lacks any sort of story to explain what you’re doing and why. The humor is rather dry, and the choice of pilot and co-pilot seems completely inconsequential. Specifically if you don’t need to play as the title character. Most weapons are useless and re-tracing your steps takes far too long. Hopefully, there will be another installment in the Aqua Kitty series that fixes these issues and adds in some sort of story to explain anything at all.
- Has cats in it
- Levels are too big
- Save points are too spread out/can’t warp between them
- Most weapons are totally useless
- Stamina meter
- Most pilot/Engineer Skills are useless
- No real story
- Very boring
- Dry humor