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Sponsored Game Review: Fly Cat

July 23, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Fly Cat is an endless runner type of game for Android that puts you in control of our four-legged hero, Kat, a retired member of the Cat Army. He’s been working hard on a jetpack when he gets the call that brings him out of retirement and back into action, with his jetpack being key to the mission’s success. From a gameplay perspective, Fly Cat is all about getting the highest score you possibly can, by continuing to keep on flying and not be knocked out by obstacles such as furniture or plants. It’s a cool game that channels the arcade style endless runner gameplay that’s gotten quite popular these days, but is Fly Cat as much fun as it seems?

How it Works: As with other titles on Android, it’s best to download Fly Cat from the Play Store. After you’ve got it installed, you’re ready to play.

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The tutorial does a good job of telling you just how to play the game, and thankfully the controls are nice and simple.

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When playing the game, there’s a learning curve when it comes to controlling Kat’s flight, as too much fuel will send him to high, and too little not high enough. Add that to the effect that gravity has when playing and you’ve got a challenging process to get to grips with.

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You need to dodge hanging lights, lamps and of course furniture as you first get going, you’ll allowed to take three knocks before Kat can’t take any more. When that happens, you’ll be given a score to tell you how well you’ve done.

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Beating your previous high-score is part of the fun in Fly Cat, and if you pay attention to the more advanced features, like plummeting and such you’ll be able to get higher scores.

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Opinion: Fly Cat is a pretty good endless runner type of game and when I first approached it I was thinking that this could end up being a little too similar to Jetpack Joyride, but after spending some quality time with it, the physics are different and the play style is quite different as well. The emphasis is on how far you can keep going for, and the obstacles aren’t an instant game over, but you’ll need to recover from these quickly if you hit a couple of things in quick succession. It’s a fairly simple game to get into, but it’s not easy and there’s a good amount of depth to it as well as some genuine charm, too.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Fly Cat ran well on my tablet and I never had any performance issues, with smooth frame rates throughout.
  • Features (4/5) – While the concept isn’t exactly new, Fly Cat’s physics and its charm add enough new stuff to make this a game that easily stands on its own two feet.
  • Theme (4/5) – I’d like to see some higher-resolution graphics here, but the game looks pretty good with oodles of charm and a simple story that helps get things off to a good start.
  • Overall (4/5) – A solid endless runner, Fly Cat is a lot of fun and the physics at the heart of the game make it pretty difficult to continually beat your previous high-score.

Pros

  • Funny story is a nice addition to the game and will put a smile on your face.
  • Easy to get into, but hard to master with a nice challenge presented throughout.
  • Use of physics makes Fly Cat a game that you need to put some thought into, you can’t just keep dodging, you need to take it steady.
  • Will appeal to players of all ages, with a fairly neutral, yet charming storyline and theme to it.

Cons

  • Does feel a little similar to other games already available, but it’s got its own thing going on for sure.
  • While good-looking, some higher-resolution assets would look good on tablets and newer smartphones.

Conclusion: Fly Cat is a lot of fun, especially if you’re into your endless runner games, but otherwise there’s still a reason to pickup and play Fly Cat. It’s got charm, there’s more depth to it than other endless runner titles and it’s really quite addicting. Easy to play, difficult to masters, Fly Cat should appeal to all ages and offer a stern challenge to a lot of them.

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