Box Cat ($1.99) by Rusty Moyher has you counterintuitively running your cat character into traffic.
Why did the cat cross the road? To smash the car on the other side, of course. That’s the premise of this game, where you play the role of Box Cat.
Cars will zip by on a busy intersection and you’ll need to use the directional controls or tilt your iDevice to make Box Cat smash into them. How can a cat survive laying the smackdown on cars? His boxiness, I guess. But that’s not the point.
This game is all about having fun in a world where you can’t die, and your only adversary is time (well, that, and boss trucks). Flashing bars will show where a car is intended to appear (akin to gameplay in The Incident). Dash back and forth to knock the cars off the road in the allotted time.
Three modes of play are available: Adventure, Survival, and Rush Hour. By far, Rush Hour is the most insane. Getting a 100+ combo is a piece of cake, as cars spin like tops into each other. Survival mode wasn’t as much fun, but I still appreciated the different take on it. Instead of dodging enemies, you actually lose if you fail to hit them.
This is developer Rusty Moyher’s second go at making a retro 8-bit iOS game, the first one being Pixel Blaster. It’s readily apparent that he has tapped a vain of nostalgia, combined with modern gameplay.
Those who have an iCade or JoyPad will be glad to know that this game supports them.
You can view the app’s humorous trailer on YouTube