[Review] Cat Quest II – Nintendo Switch

Written by Chelsea Beardsmore
  • Developer: The Gentlebros
  • Publisher:  Pqube
  • Release Date:  24/10/2019
  • Price: £12.99 $14.99
  • Review code provided by Pqube

The Ultimutt Catventure

After the success of its predecessor, The Gentlebros have blessed us with Cat Quest 2 – the 2D open-world action-RPG full of all things cute and fluffy – and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this furrocious adventure.

Cat Quest 2 is set in a fantasy realm in which the cats of Felingard and the dogs of the Lupus Empire are at war (what’s new, right?). But, in a twisted turn of events, two unlikely characters (or kings) join forces – unwillingly – in order to reclaim their once lost thrones. These two characters are who you take control of throughout the game; a doggo and a kitty. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s a Dog Eat Cat World

The gameplay is very similar to that of the first – if it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? Players will explore the World Map encountering enemies, completing quests, exploring dungeons and even finding loot. Levelling up as you go. You are free to pretty much go anywhere you like, but you’re going to want to follow the story and explore as you go because you will find areas where you are just too under-levelled to complete. 

The main difference from the first game is the fact that you now switch between 2 characters whilst in play; the dog and the cat, enemies or best friends? Each one of these have their own armour, weapons and magic abilities of which you select who gets what. More of a dog person? Give the dog all the best stuff… 

As enjoyable as the game is, the main story will not stick with you after you have finished the fairly short 6-hour journey. Nothing really stands out, it’s fairly linear – most quests (and side quests) will have you doing the same tasks; go to a certain area, or dungeon, kill some enemies, collect certain items and return to sender… It’s fun but can get very repetitive. But, once the main story is finished you are still able to continue playing, you can continue levelling up and continue the quest for loot, collecting the golden chests that you may have missed. 

Puns Galore

If you’re not a fan of puns in games then it may be best to leave Cat Quest 2 at the door because there is no shortage of them in this game. Literally every other sentence there will be a pun or two… or three. Personally, I loved the puns in the game, but I could see how some may find them tedious and/or annoying but I’m impressed at the sheer effort that has gone into thinking all of them up! Kudos!

Ruff Combat

One of my favourite things about Cat Quest 2 is the ability to switch between dog and cat and then customise them as you please. This means you can have a set character for 2 styles of play. For me, I had the cat essentially set as the mage and the dog as the Warrior-like character. I’m not someone who necessarily likes to use magic in games, I prefer the sort of hack and slack with a sword type combat. I also prefer dogs to cats (don’t hurt me) so this meant I got to use the character I preferred more… 

The combat itself is simple, press Y to do your main attack, B to do a dodge roll and L and R to do your assigned magic attacks. Learning to use these attacks effectively is the key to surviving because it is pretty easy to get hit. Luckily, you can revive either character that’s downed easily by just standing over them – a bar will fill to let you know how close they are to reviving, then it’s back to business as usual.

Time To Make Your Decision – Cat or Dog?

The first Cat Quest game was brilliant, but it was missing any form of co-op. Cat Quest 2 changes that – the entire game is playable with a friend from start to finish via local co-op. A wonderful feature, bringing friends together… or not when you’re arguing over who wants to be which character. Just me? Well, yeah. Each player takes control of either dog or cat – you better hope you can agree. For me, this was a great way to play because you don’t have to keep switching between characters like you would playing single-player. Each player has his or her own responsibility.

One thing I didn’t like about the co-op was the fact that when speaking to NPCs for quests or activating healing point, both players were required to interact with them in order for them to actually work. This got pretty annoying. The good thing is though, when you’re done with co-op, you can simply change it back to single player from the settings, no need to restart the game.

Final Thoughts

Cat Quest 2 is a great sequel to the original and expands on the parts where it lacked without changing the formula that we all adored. Don’t let the short campaign deter you from this beautiful world, there are a ton of side quests to complete and a bunch of chests to find and loot. All whilst playing with a friend makes this open-world RPG worth your time.

Pros

  • Great art-style
  • Co-op
  • Able to play as cat and dog
  • Full of puns

Cons

  • Short campaign
  • Full of puns

Verdict

Cat Quest continues to be a joy to be with the second in the series being even better than that of the first.

4/5

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