Aqua Kitty DX! The cool new VIDEO GAME for the Playstation Vita and Playstation Four-ta (with cross-buy), has everything you could ever ask for:
- cats piloting submarines
- underwater milk mining
- legions of robotic fish to destroy
- techno chiptunes
- a worm news reporter
This game is a fun little horizontal shmup (shoot-em-up) in the same vein as Darius, R-Type, and Fantasy Zone. Actually, Fantasy Zone is probably the best comparison, because the levels are like a cylinder, meaning you can go either left or right and the ends of the stage are connected in a loop. And there’s a similarly lighthearted tone, right? (Granted though, Fantasy Zone is way brighter and more colorful.) Anyways, in Aqua Kitty DX your goal is to destroy all the enemies, all while protecting the little cat divers (who are managing the digging machinery on the seabed) from being abducted by the snatcher-bots. Better watch out!
Other than the premise and soundtrack, perhaps what I like most about this game is its level of difficulty. Many shmups can be quite difficult for me straight from the get-go, but I was able to ease into this one all right. It certainly gets challenging in the later levels, but I managed to pass them all with a little practice. (That said, if you do want things to be extra-difficult, there is a mode in which you gradually level-up and have to collect gems in order to obtain power-ups, making them a lot less readily available.)
All in all, Aqua Kitty DX works well as a quick pick-up-and-play game, making it a nice fit as a download for the Vita. There is merit to getting the PS4 version as well though, as that include a 2-player local co-op mode that sounds like it would be fun. If I were to throw out negative points to include in this review, it’d be things like the game being repetitive (not much variation from one level to the next), everything being rather small (which takes a little getting used to), and just being a little too straightforward (e.g. more difficult levels is mostly just… throw in a ton more enemies).
But hey, it’s not like you’re spending 60 bucks for this. Pick up Aqua Kitty DX if you’ve got a few bucks in your PSN account and you’re in the strangely specific mood for a shmup with cats in submarines.
(Worth Noting: This game is an updated deluxe version of Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender, which you can find on Steam and Xbox 360. Less features than DX, but it’s still cats in submarines.)