I didn’t know I wanted – no, need– To play a game that puts you at the feet of a cat even stray It was announced. And while the wait for this cute and memorable game was painful, I can definitely say it was worth it. stray It is a third-person action-adventure game developed by BlueTwelve Studio and published by Annapurna Interactive featuring perhaps one of the best heroes.
Obviously, the main selling point of the game is that you play as a stray cat. Honestly, I would be very happy if that was all the game had to offer. But stray It offers so much with its beautiful graphics, exciting story, wonderfully weird characters, and fun puzzles – it’s perfect.
stray It starts in the most adorable way probably—on a rainy day where you play and cuddle with your feline family, and ends the day together and purring. This brief interaction is enough to make you completely horrified when your cat suddenly becomes separated from the rest. Alone and lost, players find themselves exploring a deserted city long forgotten by time, trying to find their way back to their families and the green and serene landscapes of their home.
In the underbelly of the city, you will face many threats that you will have to use your wits to avoid and outpace them. But you’ll also find allies to help you, stuck human-like bots like you. This is where your many puzzles come in: help your new friends so that they can help you. The game clearly explains what is expected of you, but even puzzles that have nothing to do with the main plot are intuitive and are mainly solved by a little exploration. None of the puzzles are too complicated, allowing you to really enjoy the experience of just being a cat and exploring the world and the plot.
Puzzles are not only fun, but take full advantage of cats’ natural behaviors. You can walk across consoles, take things off shelves, jump into boxes, and match to your heart’s content. BlueTwelve has managed to make the cats’ behavior up to a T score, which is a very interesting experience. The developers didn’t just ask you to see through a cat’s eyes but to become a cat. interact with the environment in ridiculous ways; The world is set up perfectly for you to be stealthy, agile and fun, even requiring you to be as annoying as possible to get what you want. Sharpen your claws on rugs and sofas, scratch doors to get people to open them, and startle people with a well-placed meow. At the same time, there are a lot of charming moments, such as curling up with your robot friends or sitting down to sleep next to your buddies.
While your bot friends don’t talk and only communicate with you through on-screen text messages, the feelings come out easily. Body language is very expressive, which is essential for the story to hit hard. There is a great mystery abounding: What happened to all humans? The more you discover, the more the mystery unfolds, and the more emotionally invested you will be. I really wish I could say more, but that would spoil the shock of discovery.
The environments are exquisitely detailed – neon-lit alleys, graffiti-covered walls, and crowded surfaces. The world is wonderfully messy and full of junk and life at the same time. But perhaps the best part is all the places you can go. roam high and low; The environment is set up to incorporate the cats’ natural balance and jumping. I can’t properly explain how satisfied it is with navigating the signs, pipes, and air conditioning units as you expand into the city.
My only true meditation with stray is that some of the discoveries you can see come a mile away, but the ultimate character of the game is easily drowned out in the predictability of some plot rhythms. I also wish the game was longer, but that’s only because I want more cat tricks.
Playing in a cat’s paws is enough to make a lot of people buy this toy, but stray Amaze with its beautiful graphics, quirky characters, and puzzles that bring out the best and worst of a cat. If you are looking for a game that is as interesting as it is silly, look no further.
stray It will be available July 19 for PC, PS5, and PS4.
9.5 / 10
stray Amaze with its beautiful graphics, quirky characters, and puzzles that bring out the best and worst of a cat.
Quinn is a comic and video game editor and writer who loves Transformers and Cyberpunk. As a non-binary person, Quinn is also happy to assess the inclusion of LGBTQ+ in the media.