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Burger Cat

For: iPhone   Also on: iPad

Burger me

Product: Burger Cat | Publisher: Ravenous Games | Format: iPhone | Genre: Platform, Puzzle | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | App version: 1.1
 
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Cats are always hungry. When a cat looks at you, it's wondering whether or not eating you would be worth the effort. Luckily, human flesh isn't usually on the feline menu.

The star of Burger Cat is hankering after delicious meaty sandwiches that have been blown up with nitroglycerin. It's up to you to help Burger Cat recover the delicious morsels and have a good old chow down.

The cat in the chef's hat

Burger Cat is a platformer with a twist. Instead of taking direct control of your feline friend, you need to use the tools at your disposal to create a safe path between cat and burger. To start with, this is as simple as putting a few blocks over some bottomless pits.

As things progress, you'll be digging pits to avoid spinning saw blades, using trampolines to fling Burger Cat to previously unreachable heights, and laying down mouse lures to make him change direction.

Essentially it's Lemmings, but with less expansive levels and fewer tricks up your sleeve. You get plenty of time to consider the best route to build before you send Burger Cat waddling after his lost patties, and you're given the right amount of material to build it.

It makes for an interesting, slow-paced game in which trial and error are as much a part of your play time as eureka moments.

An underwhelming feline

Unfortunately, the game isn't without its little snags. There's no 'undo' button, which means if you place the last piece of your route in the wrong place you're going to have to go back and do the whole thing again. A fast-forward option would be nice, too, letting you zoom Burger Cat across the level and onto the next.

Small on-screen buttons for selecting your various tools don't help. Niggles like this really detract from what is an enjoyable, slightly different puzzler, turning a simple task into a frustrating series of retries.

Burger Cat isn't a bad game, and if you can get past the difficulties you'll find a lot to like. Just beware that frustration is waiting around the corner to gnaw at you like a ravenous tabby.

 
Burger Cat
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Harry Slater | 24 April 2012
A neat central idea, held together by some decent level design, Burger Cat is let down by some sloppy controls and a few bad decisions
 
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