I don’t normally talk about mobile games very often, but I seem to be doing it a bit more lately, and not just because Nintendo’s entered the market.
Still, when I heard that Grumpy Cat had a new mobile game (a free one, at that), I knew I had to at least give it a look. And boy, am I ever glad that I did!
I love cats, and Grumpy Cat is no exception. I also love Nintendo’s WarioWare series, particularly in its earlier days (I like Game & Wario, but it’s admittedly not the series’ best). As it turns out, it seems that those earlier days of the rude one’s business venture are what Lucky Kat Games drew on for their design — specifically, WarioWare: Touched! for the Nintendo DS, which just makes sense for a mobile app.
Unlike WarioWare, all of the microgames in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever star the titular feline in a variety of situations. Like that series, it’s up to you to quickly determine what you need to do and accomplish it before the very short time limit runs out, treating you to an amusing win or fail scene. After every few successful rounds, things speed up, and continue to do so until you inevitably can no longer keep up.
Also unlike WarioWare, progress is measured in a different way. Rather than just completing a set number of rounds, you’re out to earn more coins, either by holding out as long as you can for a higher score, or alternatively through other means. Being a mobile app, you also have choices of whether to buy coins with real-world hard currency or even to watch a simple ad, usually for another game. But while this cat may be grumpy, she (yes, Grumpy is a she, in case you weren’t aware) is also generous, giving you quite a few coins as gifts between play sessions. In fact, I haven’t properly played the game in a few days, but I have kept up with the gifts, and have over a thousand to my name now (and just got 87 more while writing this).
So what do you do with the coins? Each of the game’s three main worlds feature a theme: Garden, Grumpywood, and Sports Park, each featuring ten different animated Grumpy Cat sprites (aka “stickers”) to collect. Starting with the Garden, you collect five to open up the next world, but to collect them, you spend your coins in a crane machine. The casual and job-performing Garden Grumpies require 100 coins, the celebrity-based Grumpywood stickers call for 150, and the Sports Park cats need 200. It is possible to get a Grumpy Cat you already have, but that just gives you an extra chance to continue if you choose when you’re on a hot streak.
If you’re playing on the iOS version, you can also purchase the ability to use these stickers in the iMessage (texting) app.
After getting at least five Grumpy Cats in the first three worlds, you can open up a fourth area which is a “remix” stage that compiles everything you’ve played into a gauntlet. Earn the high score and land yourself a spot on the leaderboard!
I’ll admit that maybe I’m a touch biased by my love of Grumpy Cat and WarioWare, but for a free mobile app which really doesn’t ask much more from you than to just have fun, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever is a fun time with a nice visual style and a fun main tune (that’s stuck in my head now), and I’ve been enjoying myself with it — more than some other releases that you actually have to pay real money for, even!
Plus, unlike some of those other games, it doesn’t require an online connection, so you can enjoy it freely wherever you go whether there’s a signal or not!
Seriously, unless you just hate Grumpy Cat (in which case I’m not sure we can still be friends) or WarioWare (ditto), then I urge you to give this game a shot. I mean, it’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose. It’s a good time, and unlike the game’s star, I don’t feel grumpy when I’ve finished a few rounds.
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever was released in the App Store and Google Play on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at as a free download which contains in-app purchases.
A copy was downloaded by the reviewer.
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