Super Phantom Cat iOS Game is a fun little adventure.
When asked if I’d want to review this game, I took one look at the acid-trip color scheme and game premise and knew that Super Phantom Cat was right up my alley. I’ve been enjoying myself playing this game during my breaks this past week, and so many people have come up to me and asked if I’m playing Mario. “Not quite,” I’ve been telling people, “Like Mario, but with a cat.” And that basically sums up Super Phantom Cat.
So, Super Phantom Cat is a platform game where you collect diamonds, data (for more avatars), and stars as you move through the levels. You jump from platform to platform, avoid monsters and anything spikey, break brick blocks with your head, and explore the labyrinths that are most levels. The complexity of most of the levels’ layouts is one of the significant highlights of this game. You really do have to explore multiple paths and die a few times trying to find how to get to that pesky final star. It’s frustrating in the best way. Many levels also have power-ups available called sprites, which give you additional abilities like shooting or smashing things. Randomly, you also can go phantom, which makes you pretty much invulnerable to everything except falling to your death. These are all incredibly helpful.
My favorite thing about this game is the overall aesthetic. I’ve already mentioned the awesomely brilliant colors, but everything, from the welcome screen to the menu to the dramatic, slow motion deaths, is lovely.
I do have a few things that I would like to see improved. I tend to die a lot in games, and if I have to replay a level fifteen times, I would prefer to be able to skip cut scene dialogue and instructions, which isn’t an option in Super Phantom Cat. A few of the mid-level save points are rather inconvenient, leaving you without access to important sprites or stars in earlier parts of the level after you die. And finally, the controls for moving left/right can be the tiniest bit laggy, which is seriously inconvenient when you have to bounce around tiny platforms. But aside from these three minor cons, Super Phantom Cat is a fun little game. I’ll probably be finishing it up while I spend 20 hours on planes this coming week.
DOWNLOAD – Super Phantom Cat – $1.99 – iOS