Hello Dancing Kitty
Chillingo seem to have a knack for finding odd games to publish and Disco Kitten is just about as odd as they come. IJ Software's latest creation is both incredibly mad and very addictive in equal measures.
The premise of the game is that you play an electric kitten called Punka, who needs to collect energy from friendly looking cat canisters with different names in order to feed a large cat head called Bunka.
Following so far? Well, it doesn't matter. All you need to know is that the canisters are filled via some sort of electricity which is fatal to our little kitten, but once it has past on, Punka can go and collect the energy to feed to the head. The trick is to dodge the electricity and collect enough energy to fill Bunka's head and move on to the next level.
The only other thing standing in your way is that the canisters turn to stone if they're left to fill up, so it's a race against time to both fill Bunka and keep the canisters from getting full, all to the J-pop style disco beat that bounces along in the background.
Hopping from canister to canister also gives you a bonus which goes towards you final score and fills up your boost bar. This, in turn, helps you to run faster and when full allows you to go into full on disco mode, which is where the background freaks out and goes all Saturday Night Fever on you.
The game gets progressively harder, but there are a few odd difficulty spikes mid-way through the medium difficulty levels which can get frustrating. Learning the pattern of the electricity helps here and it becomes a game of memorising where to hop to next in order to progress.
A survival mode will keep you dancing around the platforms in a funky space background for as long as you can before everything goes pear shaped. It's surprisingly addictive stuff and collecting the coins that appear throught this mode can open items for use in both the standard and survival modes. An online Game Center powered leaderboard also keeps things fresh, though you'll need plenty of practice to beat some of those top scores currently being set.
The great thing about Disco Kitten is that, despite the linear level progression in the main game mode, it's great fun just to come back and do it all again, trying to achieve those seemingly impossible perfect scores, or 'purfect' as the game likes to call them. The survival mode is equally entertaining and far more colourful.
With a great art style which makes everything look like techno Hello Kitty meets the J-pop Youtube generation and a some trippy disco beats to play along to, Disco Kitten is a blast of fun that will keep you coming back for more. There's certainly nothing else like it on the App Store.
- Sound: 9
- Graphics: 9
- Gameplay: 8
- Longevity: 8
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