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The game: Astro Aqua Kitty
Genre : Action, Arcade, RPG System : Nintendo Switch (also available for PS4, PS Vita, PC and Xbox)
Developer/Publisher: Tikipod
Age Group: EU 7+ | USA All
Price : US $14.99 | UK £11.99 | EU €14.99
Release date : 8. April 2021

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It’s been too long, but Tikipod, the masters of retro inspiration, are finally back with a new project. Astro Aqua Kitty is a sequel of sorts to one of the developer’s first projects, Aqua Kitty, which was a game inspired by great space shooters like Defender, except that you played as a cat in a small underwater ship. The title is still current and worth watching if you missed it, but you don’t have to know it to enjoy Astro Aqua Kitty.

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Towards space and water

You start the game by choosing a pilot cat and an animal engineer to help you. Each class has four different characters, and each class offers a range of stats and bonuses to suit your play style. But if you want to be a little more adventurous, you can make a random selection and see how you do. Whatever you decide, it gives you a good reason to reload the game and experience different characters.

As a member of the Aqua Kitty crew, your mission is to explore water-filled asteroids and perform various tasks. Yes, it’s a game that takes place in space, but you spend most of the experience underwater. These objectives are usually just getting quests, like finding batteries or mechanisms to open doors. There are also small puzzles to solve, such as finding door codes or guiding an illuminated sphere to its destination. The highlight of the experience is the arcade shooting mechanism and slot machine.

Choose your team

Pirate rabbit

Most of the game consists of shooting down various evil robots and pirate bunnies. The screen can fill up with enemies and bullets from time to time, and it will be a fun time maneuvering and shooting through the carnage. By defeating enemies, you earn experience points, which you can use to improve your stats and unlock new skills.

This can only be done in the docks around the plains, which also serve as conservation centers. Increasing your stats doesn’t happen automatically; you have to spend gems, which are also dropped by enemies or found in rocks, which are then spent to increase health, armor or weapon energy. You can also use the gems to buy new weapons or ship upgrades in the shop.

Pirate bunnies, the most vegetarian of all pirates

Correct tool for task

You can equip two weapons ranging from laser guns to wave guns and explosive weapons. They all have their uses, and some are more effective against certain enemies than others. If you feel like you don’t have the right tools for the job, you can jump into the menu and equip different types of weapons. But you only have a limited amount of space, so you have to see what you have. You can get rid of old items by recycling them into gemstones.

You’ll need to change weapons regularly as you level up and new, more powerful gear becomes available. You can also equip four bonus ships that add extra stats or bonuses, such as B. As enemies throw more gems or increase the critical hit chance. If you are a player who loves his stats, you will enjoy looking at all the percentage counters in these menus. But if you’re just there to shoot at robots and have fun, you don’t need to delve too much into the game.

At the end of each level there is an end boss fight that is quite difficult. Again, a combination of shooting and maneuvering at the right time is required. Some boss fights also require you to think a little outside the box to win. They are quite long, but they seem like a satisfying way to complete each level.

The eye sees you

Attention to detail

The graphics are great. The cat design has a casual and cute charm, but I really loved the little details in the game. I love that you can see a small trail of bubbles behind your ship as you explore the cave system.

You can also see other NPC cats working far into the levels, and those who control the towers actually attack enemies that approach them. I also loved the attention to detail in the plants and foliage, they ripple as they move with the water and some light up the dark areas.

You must find the right code

Length and Smallness

The game has eight huge levels (too bad there aren’t nine). There are a number of difficulty levels for different play styles, and the game even has an additional permanent death mode (also on all difficulty levels) for players who like to live dangerously. The main motivation to play again is to experiment with different drivers and engineers. But because of the simple and fun gameplay, I can still see myself diving into it from time to time, just for the fun of the space shooter.

As for black, sometimes enemies can be a bit difficult to win. Sometimes you’re just not lined up well enough or don’t have powerful enough weapons, so you feel like a bit of an attacker in battle, repeating yourself until the waves of enemies subside. Enemies also reappear in areas that can distract you when you’re trying to solve certain puzzles. Finally, the game just stops when you’re done, without anything new to unlock or little surprises like the ZX Spectrum filter from Tikipod’s previous title, Rock Boshers. But all these minor flaws don’t spoil what is an excellent package.

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Supplement

Astro Aqua Kitty is another brilliant game from developer Tikipod. An excellent blend of space shooter and RPG mechanics makes this an experience that doesn’t fade over time.

If you’re looking for a new take on the space shooter formula, or if you’re just looking for something different to stick your toes in every now and then, Astro Aqua Kitty is the perfect addition for your Nintendo Switch.

Final Judgment : I really like him.

It’s also worth noting that Astro Aqua Kitty is coming to the Playstation Vita. An admirable achievement by the developer. If you still love your Vita, I highly recommend downloading this game while you still have the chance before the inevitable store closing this year. Tikipod has always been a big supporter of the Vita, and this is a great game to introduce people to the Vita.

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