Developer:  Doinksoft
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Platforms: Switch, Steam
Reviewed Copy: Switch
Release Date: 30/05/2019
Price: £7.19/$7.99

[ Introduction ]

In Gato Roboto, you take control of our feline companion, Kiki. Stranded on an alien world, Kiki, will atempt to save the captain and his crashed spaceship.

Alone Kiki is just a helpless kitty, but once inside the mech suit (designed for kitties) you become a force to be reckon with. With the help of the suit and your feline skills, help your captain to escape the wreckage and discover the mystery of the alien world…

[ Gameplay ]

Gato Roboto’s core mechanics are heavily inspired by the Metroidvania genre. It continues the tried and tested traditions of the genre, by encouraging you to explore for new gear to get into the next unaccessable area. It plays it very safe in this sense, but does offer the some slight variety with Kiki, being able exit the mech suit. Out of the suit you become extremely vulnerable, but is required to access areas of the map.

Gato Roboto’s controls are tight and responsive, making it easy to pick up and go. Its simplicity makes for a really enjoyable experience, and can make you feel like a bad ass in those face paced moments.

Gato Roboto, is a fairly short experience, with this playthrough taking about 3 hours. Being so quick and simple, it’s easily replayable. If you like to challenge your best time, you have a timer on the bottom of the HUD.

[ Visual and Perfomance ]

Gato Roboto has a beautifully bold black and white art style. Throughout the world you’ll find tapes that change the colour palette up, but the original style has a nostalgic feel to it.

The game ran smooth with no slowdown or frame skips, even during the most frantic moments. Both handheld and dock modes run great with no issues.

[ Sound ]

The sound design follows suit with the graphical design. Keeping with the simple and minimalistic the sounds keeps in line with this idea. In a word it is moew-zing! From rockets being fired, to enemy noises, it’s all very well done.

You won’t find any voice acting, apart from jumbled sounds when dialogue boxes appear. It doesn’t detract from the game and flows nicely without becoming overly annoying.

[ Conclusion ]

Gato Roboto is a great game if you like Metroid games and cute kitties you will have to get this one. So there is nothing new or innovative that’s fine if it is not broken then why fix it? With three hours of fun and engaging play time and less than a tenner. Worth it!