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Video GameAstro Aqua Kitty Review
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Posted: 11 days ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Astro Aqua Kitty is a space adventure where an intrepid crew of cats launch into space to harvest milk from far off planets.

Although it looks like a classic shoot-em-up like Nemesis or Gradius this is as much a role-playing adventure as it is about firepower. You start by picking your crew and equipping your ship before blasting off to battle bizarre enemies, mine gems, find weapons and install devices to enhance your craft.

As you progress you unlock your crews' skills and improve the abilities and firepower of your submarine. Along with the gun battles, you guide the cats to explore the asteroids for gems that can be spent for more upgrades in shops. You can also meet and pick-up cat specialists too (mechanics, pilots and scientists) to help operate your craft more efficiently.

The result is a game that combines the fun of shoot-em-ups with the progression and exploration of role-play games. You spend as long tinkering with your craft's weapons and crews skills as you do shooting things. This is all wrapped up in a feline story full of interesting and appealing cats.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/06/2021, updated in 2022

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Tikipod Ltd (@TikipodLtd)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete. Depending on the difficulty mode you select.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. This game features combat between fantasy characters. Violence is unrealistic in nature, as are reactions to it. Enemies flash when hit and most enemies explode in the same way when defeated. There is no visible injury detail. Boss-monsters can be large and somewhat menacing.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for mild fantasy violence.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players who can cope with the shooting elements can enjoy this. You don't need to deal with the detail of the role-play strategy if you don't want to.

CostsCosts

Astro Aqua Kitty usually costs £4.99 to £12.49. 

Aqua Kitty

XBox Store Xbox One £6.39
PlayStation Store PS4 £5.49
Steam Store PC £4.99
Switch Store Switch £6.49

Astro Aqua Kitty

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
A simpler game from the developer with similar theme is Aqua Kitty. It offers a Defender style experience. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Astro Aqua Kitty Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
You can select from 5 difficulty settings. This makes enemies easier to kill and slows the speed of enemy bullets. Relaxed mode is designed to be really approachable - is included as a mode for young children or those that need an easier experience. You can also adjust difficulty by setting permadeath, or selecting characters with more armour or faster moving characters.

Although the game requires quick reactions it doesn't put you on the clock at any point so is low pressure in this way. The bosses are slightly more time pressured but again there is no time limit.

In terms of navigation, early level aim to guide and stay linear in what you need to do. Later levels are more open structured so you need to think a bit more. Objectives are marked on your map (such as cats to find, or certain enemies to destroy). You can only save progress at in-game beacons and you need to manually do so. The game autosaves after level completion.

You can turn off/on elements of the hud (such as showing which buttons to press) to over information overload and enhance visual clarity. The mini-map moves dynamically as you do, and can be resized or turned off.

Vibration on all formats can be turned off if wanted. On PS5 we have 3 settings, off, normal and enhanced, which add lots of subtle extra vibrations to match events happening in game.

There is one potential jump scares of the Level 3 mechanical worm boss that pops out of a hole. But it's not super fast.

Characters have small speech bubbles which appear when you move close. This acts as a reminder and visual indicator of being able to speak to them. If asked they will remind you of your task. Text in general is high contrast although there are some instances that are lower contrast when the item is not available and greyed-out.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something. The crew members you can select for your craft do not have designated genders mentioned. They are open to interpretation as they are never labelled by gender. They all use the same text dialogue in game.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.

  • Play as Character without stated Gender:: The game’s protagonist’s gender is ambiguous and not stated.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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