Bad Cat (US Gold) Review | Amstrad Action - Everygamegoing

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Bad Cat
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Amstrad CPC464

 
Published in Amstrad Action #32

Bad Cat

The feline Olympics are about to begin in Los Angeles. Are you a bad enough cat to reign supreme, after the series of demanding events that lie before you? Up to four people can compete against each other.

At the bottom of the screen is a map of the level that you're on. To the right is a clock that counts down the time remaining before the end of the level. The rest of the screen shows the location that you're in.

There are four stages to the game: the city park, the arena, the sewer and the pub. Between each stage there's an interlude. In the park you have an obstacle course to negotiate. You have to crawl, jump, swing, cross monkey bars and walk on balls in an attempt to reach the end of the stage. The penultimate screen has a key that you need to start a motorbike on the final screen.

Bad Cat

Stage two is the arena where you stand on a moving platform and jump up to hit symbols that move across the top of the screen. In the sewer there are various obstacles that must be negotiated, they're similar to those found in the park Watch out for the rats and crocodiles. In the final stage you try to hit a bulldog on the foot with a bowling ball, while avoiding the balls that he hurls at you. If hit you must drink a glass of beer. If you drink more beer than the dog then you don't get the bonus points.

Sound effects are simple but effective and there are no tunes. The graphics are bright and colourful with well-animated characters.

My major criticism of this game is that it's too easy. The obstacles are no problem once you've worked out how to complete it and that means that you only have high scores to beat. There are some humorous touches that make it fun, but it doesn't have enough there to make it last.

First Day Target Score

Bad Cat

15,000 points.

Second Opinion

It's a bit like a cute Combat School for cats. Each screen seems very straightforward, but it should appeal to those with a penchant for timing problems and platform jumping. The relative ease with which most of the game can be completed is a drawback, but that fact combined with the delightful graphics means it may appeal to youngsters.

Green Screen View

No problems with any of the stages.

Verdict

Bad Cat

Graphics 78%
P. Large and well animated characters.
P. Bright and colourful graphics.

Sonics 43%
P. Reasonable sound effects.
N. No tunes.

Grab Factor 74%
P. The option for several players adds to the fun.
N. Joystick wagglers will find something to keep them occupied

Staying Power 61%
P. Four events to go through.
N. Take away the multi-player and there's little left!

Overall 65%
Being a bad cat is just a bit too easy!

GBH

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