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Nekoburo: Cats Block released last week and we had to try this cute looking Cat puzzle game. While it’s not a new genre Nekoburo ads its own flavor and tune.
In the Universe of NekoBuro, on a distant planet, there is a story of a fantastic electric wave life featuring the Square Cats, a whimsical group of aliens.
They use electric waves to travel through the universe. They were struck by a strong solar storm while passing by a beautiful blue planet. The great storm has separated the square cats from each other.
Totan, the hero, meets a carefree girl Rino by accident. Totan stays in Rino’s house and tries to find his friends by using his items from outer space.
What will happen to these square cats… ?
The Story is simple, an Alien race of Cats has stranded on Earth and one of them Totan meets this girl Rino who takes him into her home. From here Totan sort of enjoys her company and actually thinks Humans aren’t that bad. Totan tries to get his friends over to her place, this is where you come in. In an series of 50 Block puzzles you can acquire the other Cats so they can join Totan.
The Gameplay isn’t new and is similar to some of the more popular android games and golden oldies like Tetris. The main goal is to clear certain quests like clearing an x amount of Cats from said color, use this item x amount of times, or just plain and simple survive these Cats. It’s not that hard but it’s the randomness that’s killing.
A string of three cats drop from the top of your screen consisting of three random colors, you can’t swap the colors nor can you change the direction in which the drop, you can only move them to the left or right of the playing field. Once three Cats or more of the same color connect the line is cleared this can be done in an horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. Clearing cats fills up a meter that grants items that help clear the playingfield like horizontal and vertical bombs, an apple which will clear an block of 3×3 cats and some items will clear all cats of a certain color.
These items and the way you use them are a huge part of the gameplay, once you’ll get the hang of it you can clear stages more efficiently and faster. In later stages using an item an X amount of time is required to clear said stage.
In story mode clearing 10 stages will grant you a new companion and in so unlocks a new cat for your entertaining in Rino’s room. With a total of 50 stages, that’s 5 more awesome Cats to add. In Rino’s room you can change the furniture and decorations, which you unlock by reaching certain goals in the game. Even better is the fact that you can play with the Cats with acquired toys, this is pretty funny but only a few times. While you can change the furniture you can’t move it it’s just plain and simple another skin for the same object, still it adds just that little extra to the game.
Now on to the best part of Nekoburo, cuteness overload! The Cat designs are really great and while they’re just Cats in different color it feels like they have their own personality. The game is colorful and just adorable to look at. The Story part is filled with little comics of said Cats and are actually really funny, downside is the bad localization, this will make some parts really weird and just plain stupid. On the other hand if you treat this poor localization as well.. Alien Cats who don’t speak English perfectly it becomes even more funny! Nekoburo also features a pretty good soundtrack with clever and catchy tunes.