Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. May 14, 2014
    A wonderfully idiosyncratic creation that, despite its smorgasbord of influences, feels like nothing else.
  2. Jul 1, 2014
    Those who frustrate easily should avoid this title unless they really want to risk damaging their GamePads, but for those who love a good challenge, this title is worth checking out.
  3. May 27, 2014
    Fun and clever in the first hours, Scram Kitty does not fall in the long term, but its shooter approach soon becomes more a burden to level design than a true quality gameplay symbol.
  4. May 20, 2014
    Even though it might look like yet another indie game, this one is fun, addictive, original and difficult. A title you should at least try if you like platformers.
  5. May 14, 2014
    Come to terms with its idiosyncrasies and you’ll find a unique and wonderfully characterful action game; it’s well worth suffering those early scratches for the moments where it really begins to purr.
  6. May 22, 2014
    A fantastic arcade game with old school spirit.
  7. Jul 18, 2014
    If you love cats and difficulty in gaming, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails could be your next killer app for Wii U. In case you don't, you should not hold your breath for the new Dakko Dakko's title.
  8. May 13, 2014
    While it's probably not a top tier download title, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is still an entertaining and fun game, with big, challenging levels that all have plenty to do.
  9. May 19, 2014
    A fantastic new arcade game in the best traditions of Treasure, that takes plenty of inspiration from older classics but has just as many new ideas of its own.
  10. 85
    Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails is quite an engaging game, but you need to learn it to fully understand it.
  11. Jul 25, 2014
    It’s smartly designed, and while I wish there were more modes, what’s there is definitely worth experiencing.
  12. As fun as it is tough and cute to boot, there's nothing else quite like Scram Kitty And His Buddy On Rails on Wii U, or anywhere else, for that matter. [May 2014, p.76]
  13. May 27, 2014
    Innovative and original, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is a great little game for hardcore gamers, despite his cute touch.
  14. May 22, 2014
    Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is a truly original game that obviously required a great deal of thought, passion and creativity, something I really don’t get to say nearly enough.
  15. May 20, 2014
    The main game is quite memorable though thanks to the concept being so different, and it’s worth checking out for most retro-loving fans — it’s just not something that’s likely to appeal to many beyond that fanbase.
  16. Jun 28, 2014
    It is difficult and the player is treated in a crude way, but the level of satisfaction when we completed each of his terrifying levels compensated for all the suffering and frustration experienced.
  17. Jun 12, 2014
    Scram Kitty seems extremely accessible, but the difficulty rises considerably after a few levels. Take your time and learn to deal with the unique controls, and Scram Kitty is one of the better eShop games that you can download for your Wii U.
  18. Jun 5, 2014
    A very original and bizarre game. It's got some camera issues, but it's fun, original and challenging.
  19. Jun 26, 2014
    Scram Kitty is a game that shows true respect the player's intelligence, but also one that never finds the right balance between challenge and accessibility.
  20. May 15, 2014
    Treasure-like in its level of sheer ingenuity, Dakko Dakko's Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is the sort of addictive shooter that is a must-own for Wii U owners and belies its initially brief appearance in the length stakes.
  21. 60
    Scram Kitty and his buddy on rails is a decent, but ultimately disappointing experience, that almost had me break my Wii-Tablet over my knee.
  22. May 13, 2014
    Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails, with its strange design and riveting gameplay, echoes this side of the feline personality, too. Captivating stuff.
  23. 80
    If you want to have a lovely gaming experience where you get fluffy kitties for free, plug Animal Crossing back into your 3DS; however, If you want to yell, spit, grow chest hair and really EARN your fluffy kitties, buy Scram Kitty and His Rail Buddies, as the game is surprisingly addictive as it is rage inducing and fun all at the same time.
  24. Jun 19, 2014
    Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is more than a throwback to the 16-bit era, it’s an action-packed challenge on rails, guaranteed to keep the most demanding players closely around its simple, yet demanding concept. The jumping mechanics could use a more accessible learning curve, but anyone who plays this will have their entertainment needs properly fulfilled.
  25. May 30, 2014
    There is a market for this kind of happy pain, this agonizing joy. I just hope Dakko Dakko’s rotating, riveting shooter finds the cat-crazy audience it deserves.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 15, 2014
    This game is exactly what I want in an arcade video game. It is fresh, it is novel, it is aesthetically pleasing, it has simple controls, itThis game is exactly what I want in an arcade video game. It is fresh, it is novel, it is aesthetically pleasing, it has simple controls, it has simple mechanics, it is easy to pick up, it is impossible to master, it is fun, it is frustrating, it is satisfying when you complete a level, it has a high skill ceiling. This is gaming as I remember from my childhood.

    The game itself features a cat that rolls around on rails. The levels are almost like sandbox 2D; you can go anywhere in the level, the purpose being to find the missing cats. One is near the exit already, one has to be chased around the level making an interesting obstacle course each time, one only appears after you collect all the 'coins', and the last one only appears after you kill the boss, and that only appears after you kill all the other enemies in the level. Each level is completely packed with stuff to do, and each level will require skill to finish to completion. The movement is novel, making it all the more enjoyable. Combat is reminiscent of old arcade blasters like R-Type.

    The game is fully recommended. The best indie title I've played in a long time. Easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Bastion and Mark Of The Ninja, even if they do all fill different niches.
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  2. May 21, 2014
    Excelente juego de disparos, gran originalidad e innovación en el control... toma un par de horas manejarlo adecuadamente y un sin fin deExcelente juego de disparos, gran originalidad e innovación en el control... toma un par de horas manejarlo adecuadamente y un sin fin de horas dominarlo, es un juego retador con dificultad NES Full Review »
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    This amusingly-named e-Shop exclusive has a lot going for it, from the eye-poppingly bright visuals to the potential addictiveness of theThis amusingly-named e-Shop exclusive has a lot going for it, from the eye-poppingly bright visuals to the potential addictiveness of the arcade shooter genre. Sadly, questionable design decisions bring the whole experience considerably down.

    You play as a human riding a kind of space pod, trying to rescue your pet kitty (and a bunch of other cats) from evil space mice. Each stage features walls covered with rails; your vehicle attaches to those rails, letting you transverse the space station setting while blasting off enemies in a very satisfying manner… that is, until the absolutely atrocious jumping controls get in the way. Trying to jump between platforms with any kind of precision is frustratingly hard, and this is a game that requires perfect timing and aiming in many sections.

    In each stage, you're tasked with finding a number of kittens. One of them is always at the exit, while getting the others requires you to complete tasks like collecting pellets, defeating a sub-boss, or even finding secret rooms; those challenges can range from okay to very fun. One of them, however, is a huge flop: there's always a "runaway" kitten, who will fly to a different segment of the stage whenever you touch it. You'll then get a small amount of time to find it and touch it again, causing it to fly to a different place, rinse and repeat. If you fail to touch it in the allotted time, it's back to square one. It can be an exercise in frustration even in simpler stages; when you add the requirement of unintuitive precision jumping to the mix, it gets flat-out infuriating.

    The heartbreaking thing is that, from screenshots and trailers, Scram Kitty is a game that makes you want to love it. It seems like a great transition of arcade concepts from the eighties to modern times, boasting straightforward action and a great sense of style. It ends up being an entirely different animal once you actually grab the reins. If you love arcade shooters and don't mind the added challenge of the controls, there should be a lot to like here, especially since the game's presentation is really great. Myself, I couldn't really overcome the frustration brought along by the unfortunate gameplay quirks.

    Rating: 5.5
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