Those Games We Play

At Home, Catz - Don't Want To Purr-chase It Ourselves

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Available on the Nintendo DS

Quick Review:

Catz is one of many "Petz" games, designed to recreate the experience of owning a real pet, without the mess and expense.

Unfortunately, Catz captures all the repetitiveness of the superior "Nintendogs," without the quality playability.

Just like in real life, your job is to keep your cat happy. Your cat has want indicator bars, showing you how tired, hungry and neglected it feels. Good luck getting it to notice the food you put out for it.

There's really not much to do in this game. You can play with your kitty for short bits. Or watch it strut around. Or take pictures of it. Or wait for a phone call to invite you to take care of someone else's cat!

The lack of rewards greatly limits the playability of this game. The money you earn for completing tasks allows you to choose from a slim assortment of accessories, or unlocks weird "cat facts" to read. It could be a better game if there was just more to it.

Recommended for cat lovers with short attention spans.

 1 1/2 Stars

Lizzy Says

I never had a cat growing up. Clyde's the cat expert. But he's talked about his childhood kittens enough that I no longer have any cat-void that needs filled.

Clyde Says

Powder, Purrfect, Li'l Mittens, Goulash, PezHead, and Timmy. Those were my cats growing up. That doesn't include the ones that belonged to the rest of my family. Those were just mine.

Artist's Notes

As I've mentioned before, I don't play a lot of handheld games. I'm not "on the go" a lot where I have the ability to sit and play. I'm usually doing the driving, or otherwise occupied. But I do remember renting this game. The Blockbuster Video near my house had just started renting handheld games, so I thought I'd give one a try that I knew I wouldn't be buying. It was still crazy expensive. Like 5 bucks for a couple days? That was the only time I rented there without a coupon, or being in a game-rental program.

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