App Review: You Have To Kick These Cats To Keep Them From Exploding

If you're going to make a game about juggling cats in the air using your head and feet, you better have a damn good reason for the simulated animal cruelty. I'd say the threat of feline impact craters fits the bill.

This is Hackycat, a game by artist-illustrator Ken Wong, also known as the art director of Alice: Madness Returns. See, it all begins to make sense.

For his first solo project, Wong decided to create a game in which the player must tap collectible cartoon cats in order to keep them from hitting the ground. See, some cruel god created a special species of kitty that detonates on contact with terra firma — frankly I'm astounded they survived long enough to be gamified.

As with traditional juggling objects, keeping a single cat in the air is no problem. Keeping two is harder. Three is a real challenge. Four is crazy buckets. Five... well, you get the idea.

Thankfully Wong also included a means to dispose of the flying kitty — bombs. Collect enough cheeseburgers (yes, he went there) gives the player a superkick, which I'm assuming sends the cats involved into orbit, where they never need fear touching the ground again — or breathing, but that's beside the point.

It sounds awfully horrible, but it's a great deal of joy. Check out those Wes Anderson-inspired visuals.


Genre: sports, I guess? Developer: Ken Wong Platform: iPhone, iPad Price: $0.99 Get Hackycat on the iTunes App Store


    cheezburger not cheeseburger.

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