The Nintendo Switch, for me, shines when there are games to play on it that you can pick up and put down with ease. With the amount of Xbox and PlayStation games being released at the moment, a lot of them with massive single player campaigns, I’m sorted for story related gaming. Captain Cat is therefore almost exactly what the doctor ordered, being made up of a series of short stages that you can pick up and put down whenever you wish.
Coming from Digital Tentacle, makers of the unique Circuits game, Captain Cat charges you with catching fish, and it was this that first piqued my interest. So dive in with me and let’s see what we can find!
Captain Cat needs to catch fish, and he has an interesting way of doing it. Not one for using rods and delicate tackle, Captain Cat uses the anchor on his boat to hook the fish out of the ocean! As the anchor is dropped, it begins to swing, and it’s down to your timing to make the anchor go where you want, and winkle the fish out of their lairs. Luckily, the anchor can also pick up treasure along the way, and the challenge of the game lies in navigating the screens and collecting all the treasure, in as quick a time as possible. Want to get three stars on every level? Well, buckle up, because it’s going to take a lot of practice and a good deal of luck to achieve. Getting the things is not the only challenge though and as the game advances there are new game elements introduced, such as “wormholes” that transport the anchor from one area to another and so on.
The graphics and visual style is that of ‘cute’, with Captain Cat himself being an adorable ginger cat in a captain’s hat. The fish he has to catch are a strange looking bunch as well, showing a high degree of imagination from the development team. The levels are simple one screen affairs, but the layouts get very challenging, very quickly; there will be lots of hazards to overcome throughout your time with this game. It’s a testament to the design of these levels that the Captain Cat on Nintendo Switch never gets frustrating, and any levels that you fail are nearly always down to your shortcomings; there is certainly no fault in the gameplay.
And boy are there a lot of ways to fail! Hitting a wall with the anchor, hitting a jellyfish and many, many, more things can cause you to restart, and some of the later levels almost require you to slowly inch your way through to get to your catch, but all the while you are aware that the timer is counting down, and so the necessary tension is created and maintained throughout the game.
With simple pick up and play gameplay, a real desire to beat the levels and get to the next, and also a fair bit of replayability in having to nab the stars to be earned in each level, there’s always a lot to do in Captain Cat. The hook (if you’ll pardon the pun) to the gameplay has seen me continue to go back for more, again and again, as even when a level is completed, you can always do it faster, more efficiently, or more cleanly.
There’s nothing here in this game to object to in fact, and as such I have no hesitation in recommending a download of Captain Cat on Nintendo Switch to anyone who likes a challenge. The controls are simple with only a single button required, and the complexity of the game belies this apparently simple control scheme.
If you like puzzle type games, don’t have much time to play a huge adventure, or are looking for a new challenge, give Captain Cat a try.
Release date: June 2019
Formats: Nintendo Switch (Review)
Massive thanks to: Digital Tentacle