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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 12 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Stray is a game about a cat lost in a futuristic city where robots live. You guide your feline friend in and out of buildings, across roads and generally poke your nose in to see what is going on.

It's a combination of exploration and puzzle-solving interspersed with more fast-paced action sequences. You have a pack on your back that enables you to interact with the environment.

But, similar to games like Limbo or Inside, the real focus is the story and the setting of the game. "Lost, alone, and separated from family, a stray cat must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten cybercity and find the way home." It's a game that asks questions about human survival and our relationship with machines. What better creature than a cat to unlock the humanities forgotten future?

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/07/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: HK Dev Blog (@HKDevBlog)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 because it features moderate violence. The player's cat character can be attacked by large flea-like creatures, which causes the cat to meow and the screen to turn red. If the cat is unable to shake off the creatures, it falls over and players restart at the last checkpoint. The creatures can be killed if a light is shone on them, causing them to pop. Later in the game, the cat character must avoid being shot by electric lasers emitted by sentry drones. Again, if the cat is hit by the laser beams, the screen turns red and the cat falls over. No blood or injuries are depicted.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence. Players sometimes encounter parasitic blobs/mice-like bots that can attack and kill the cat. Players can access a UV light to defeat the mice-like bots, causing them to explode and emit splashes of colored liquid.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The skill here is more choosing traversal routes and observation to find things rather than platforming timing.

CostsCosts

Stray usually costs £23.99 to £24.99.
 

Stray

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Stray Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
You sometimes need to hold down buttons, such as to scratch an object. On Playstation 5, the adaptive triggers can increase the force required depending on the object (ie. a tree requires more force to scratch than a less hard object). During some sequences, you are chased and as such are against the clock. You have to rapidly press buttons, at the same time as controlling the movement of your cat.

The autosave feature saves your progress every couple of minutes, so you never lose much progress.

The text in the game is often fairly small and can be of low contrast with the background in specific scenarios. The voices throughout the game are gibberish, but any important dialogue is presented in textual form with the name of the speaker.

Navigating through the game can be tricky, as there is no map and only occasional (text-based) reminders of where to go, so exploration is often required, and it can be easy to get lost for long periods.

Often, the game can be fairly low-contrast, with every object a similar colour, especially indoors, where all objects are seen under orange light. There is optional motion blur (enabled by default), but depth-of-field effects are not able to be turned off.

When around specific objects, you are shown the button to interact with them, but this does not occur for every action. When it does occur, the button prompt is fairly small, and doesn't always appear in the same place on the screen.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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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