Cat Quest II is a cute, fast-paced open-world RPG developed The Gentlebros. This charming game lets you play as a cat and dog who must work together to bring peace back to a war-torn land. Long ago two kings fought against the darkness and the prophecy foretold their return, once again take on the darkness.
The game plays like a super cute open-world RPG. The graphics are crisp, and the sprites are very sweetly drawn. The music has that fast paced adventuring theme reminiscent of Zelda to get you into the mood. Things start off by setting the scene; your playable characters are the two kings of prophecy, one being a cat and the other a dog. You are then dropped onto what looks appears to be the map view, but is actually the playable map. You are then guided through the simple controls, which are easy to grasp.
The RPG elements kick in straight away with armour to equip and magic to unlock. You also learn how enemies attack and when to roll away from their attacking circle. The battle is very simple to get your head around, starting off quite repetitive, but can be challenging for younger players. Once you have completed the tutorial dungeon of sorts you are shown the rest area where you have a cat nap to recover…. Did you see what I did there? Yes, Cat Quest II is choc-full of cat based puns, almost to the point of despair – especially when some are of them a stretch. With the first enemy being called Lioner the Purrsecutor it might invoke a small chuckle. But when you are teleported to the first land and you appear on South Pawt where you find out you need to locate a blacksmith called Kit Kat you do start to wonder.
It’s only when you land on the first open map do you realise how vast the game is, and so you set off on your quest to take back your kingdom. This game is two player and is clearly preferable to play with a friend, albeit only locally. When one of you falls in battle the other can revive them by standing over them for a certain amount of time. You can also chop and change the weapon and spells you both use to try and take on battles tactically. It’s quite easy to tell that playing this game on your own might not be as fun. But if you do get to play with a partner it makes the abundance of cat puns a bit easier to swallow as you shake your head at each other with the whimsical wordplay. The game flows as you would expect an RPG to, in that you’re supplied with quests to solve and sometimes there are additional side quests. Each wide-open map is also host to smaller dungeons.
Cat Quest II also adds in some small puzzling aspects, like getting past floor spikes with good timing or even luring the enemies into them. Sometimes there are trickier parts of the dungeon which, while not mandatory, usually provides beneficial loot so its always worth a try. However, failing in a dungeon is where this game suffers from a bit of a design flaw. When you perish as you well might in the harder dungeons, rather than being brought back to the beginning to try it again, you are taken out and placed right before you started the quest. That mostly means you must talk to the quest giver and then enter the dungeon again, but sometimes the quest giver has a lot of dialogue which you have already read once. So, every time you die you need to go through all the dialogue each time and head back into the dungeon which can become very tedious, especially when it comes to taking on a tricky boss fight.
Other than that flaw, the game plays quite nicely for cute RPG with a cat and dog. The challenge is not so easy that a young kid could pick up and play it, yet it’s not challenging or deep enough for more hardcore RPG fans to invest their time in. I could see couples playing this or maybe a parent and a child, but I am not sure the demographic this is aimed that who would enjoy playing this solo although I am sure a lot of people would enjoy this game.
Cat Quest II is a simple and fun RPG which I found quite enjoyable to play and it seems like it has plenty of content to get your claws into. The story line is not deep, but it doesn’t need to be when its about a cat and dog, and they fill it with cat puns to try and keep things interesting. But the combat in this game can come across as repetitive and having to read the same pun-filled dialogue every time you fail a dungeon is far from purrfect.
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox One. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by the publisher.Want to keep up to date with the latest Xt reviews, Xt opinions and Xt content? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.