It’s a tower defense game with loads of cats (cute, slightly scary or plain odd ones) attacking politcally-incorrect animal enemies. It’s Battle Cats- an addictive game that is worth playing, if only for the graphics alone.
The objective of the game is simple: you produce cats to attack the enemy’s tower as well as the enemy’s animals (which are not cats) on the way. When you win, you receive XP to purchase additional cats or upgrade your cats, tower or efficiency. When you fail a level, you can replay it as many times as you like, until you run of energy. Energy replenishes over time, although you can pay for “cat food” to immediately continue.
The gameplay is straightforward, and if you’ve played any tower defense game before you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. You can see the different cats available on the bottom, and you have a cannon on the right which charges up- rather slowly at first, but you can upgrade its power, range and recharge rate. The early stages are easy to get through, and I don’t think it matters much how you use your XP to upgrade. However, there are some tough opponents (“bosses” for you fellow tower defense people) in later stages, and from experience it is much better to focus your upgrades on a few frequently-used cats. The cats can be upgraded to level 10, when they’ll transform into something even weirder (but stronger). There’s a button which helps you change it back to the original look though, so you won’t lose the original cat. This one below, “A pack of cats”, is one of my favourites. In level 10 it became much powerful but loses its cuteness (I’ll wait for you to discover for yourself what the innocent cats turn into), so somtimes I go back to the cat selection screeen and press the button to see their original selves and go “awwwwwwwww”.
What really makes the game for me, though, besides the very squee cats, is the list of politically-incorrect enemies. There is a “dictionary”, or “enemy picture book” which allows you to check out the enemy (its entry will only show up after you have encountered it in a stage). Most of the time, the information has nothing to do with the game strategy, but is funny to read, like this one for the bi-sexual hippo:
For a free app, I think Battle Cats is all-rounded goodness. I’ve read that there are 100 stages to beat (although I’m still stuck on the level with a destructive rhinoceros), there are dozens of cute comical cats to choose from and upgrade, and the addictive app provides endless hours of free gameplay even without purchasing additional “cat food”. It’s available on both Android and iOS platforms, and I definitely recommend you to try it out- and you may just never look at tower defense games in the same way again.
What’s your take on Battle Cats? Are you going to give it a go?