Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 8, 2019
    Gato Roboto is a metroidvania with lots of references to the games it was inspired by, but at times it also feels just as unfriendly and inconvenient as some of those classics do today. It’s also much more difficult than you would expect from a game that stars a cute cat in mech armor, but it’s well worth it if you’re up for the challenge.
  2. Jun 21, 2019
    Gato Roboto is a great game that is designed well. I just wish there was more. This better not be the last we see of Kiki. I could definitely have spent another three or more hours in the world of this Gato Roboto. I hope if a sequel comes around we get to see some different mech types and some more power ups, but for $8 I have to recommend this game. It’s bite-sized Metroid and that is the highest of compliments I can give.
  3. Jun 6, 2019
    An interesting and fun metroidvania that doesn't lasts long but entertains a until you reach its ending.
  4. Jun 5, 2019
    I’m someone who finds it hard to care about retro homages, and Gato Roboto is the exception to that rule. It’s fun, its challenge isn’t overwhelming, and Kiki is now part of the pantheon of gaming’s cutest cats. The short length might be a source of contention in the future, but I’ll gladly take something that lasts as long as it needs to over something that meanders a couple extra hours. This game is not only an exceptional love letter to a bygone era, but its modern sensibilities don’t get in the way of the challenge. If you love the design of retro games but wished their difficulty was balanced rather than frustrating, Gato Roboto scratches that old-school itch.
  5. Jun 3, 2019
    Gato Roboto is polished, and there is no doubt a certain naive charm to the game, aided by catchy music and sound effects. The environments and enemies are rendered with a defined style that lends character to the game. The game also controls well which is a necessity as enemies come at you from all directions. But, and it’s a big but, the monochrome white of everything strikes me as bland. Because of it, nothing stands out. Not the environments. Not the enemies. And especially not Kiki.
  6. Jun 2, 2019
    Gato Roboto is a simple, cute, short but enjoyable Metroidvania with fun mobility and satisfying gunplay.
  7. May 31, 2019
    Gato Roboto is a cute Metroid tribute. It doesn’t do anything particularly new, but it is a very enjoyable adventure overall. If you like the genre, you’ll love this cat.
  8. May 31, 2019
    It’s three hours of thrilling Metroidvania action for less than the cost of a cinema ticket; you can’t really grumble with that.
  9. May 30, 2019
    Gato Roboto is an adorable metroidvania that never lowers its rhythm: the controls are perfect and the feeling is the right one, ideal for alternating shootings, platforming and exploration.
  10. May 30, 2019
    While Gato Roboto could stand to be a more fleshed-out metroidvania game, it’s still a highly enjoyable action game overall. Kiki’s adventure is one chock full of classic NES-era action, nicely challenging combat, fun gameplay and charming visuals. It’s a short burst of action, but one you won’t forget anytime soon. So thankfully, there is more to the game to love beyond just a cat inside a mechanical suit. But come on, can you really resist Kiki’s kickass cuteness?
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  1. May 31, 2019
    A venerable template comes alive in this beautifully compact adventure. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. I really liked Kiki’s face in the top-right corner of the screen, pulling an adorably smug expression as she pew pews her little pistol. But this isn’t a novelty animal Instagram account. Adorable only gets her so far, I’m afraid.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Dec 19, 2019
    It's pretty much everything you'd expect from a Metroid game; it’s got the alien planet, the open-world structure, the power ups, the in-depthIt's pretty much everything you'd expect from a Metroid game; it’s got the alien planet, the open-world structure, the power ups, the in-depth movement and so on. What this game has however that Metroid doesn't, is cats. That's very important.

    Gato Roboto has many similarities to the Metroid games, I feel like I can say that without having to explain myself at this point, it's a pretty well-known type of game. But instead of feeling like a copy-cat, Gato Roboto instead makes some clever little changes and additions to make itself feel like more a hyper-charged little homage to the Metroid series instead. Instead of having limited missiles, your missiles run on a short cool-down timer keeping the game as fast as possible, you have a double jump which lets you bounce off enemies to perform additional jumps which makes for some great platforming moments and lets you absolutely cruise through some enemy-filled rooms once you’re proficient using it, and you can perform a dash on the ground or in the air to pass through dangerous obstacles and enemies. All of these changes put an emphasis on speed and movement, and you end up getting a game which feels like Metroid with twice the speed and half the time to play.
    The biggest defining mechanic is the ability to leave your mech, while out of the mech you die in one hit, can climb walls and can fit into tight spaces. This makes for some interesting combat encounters and spices up the movement and exploration of the game.

    The narrative although simple and cute is very effective and fun, all of the characters are memorable and well written, and there's plenty of great moments where the writing shines - it never overstays its welcome either which is nice, it doesn't try TOO hard to be funny unlike so many other indie games. A stand out feature has to be its music, which half the time sound more like house and electronic music than it does your typical spooky ambient music and soundtrack. The music gets you amped and in the zone, whereas Metroid’s music is usually trying to build a heavy and mysterious atmosphere.

    Again, this game is speed Metroid with cats. It’s simple, it’s short. If you like Metroid you’ll like this game. It’s got crazy boss fights, great movement and tight controls, great music and writing, and a gives you a lot of ways to improve at the game. It's not a genre-defining masterpiece, it knows exactly what it wants to be and it does it well, the game is great and it's definitely worth the small asking price. The game is about three hours give or take, I reckon it would take about four hours first time through if you went for 100% without looking at a guide. It’s a very short game, but it has an emphasis on speed-running obviously as well as some well hidden secrets, so if that’s your scene then you’ll love this game. There’s no new-game+ or alternative game modes of any sorts, so if you don’t like replaying games, just know that you’re in for a short experience if you pick this game up.
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  2. May 6, 2020
    Gato Roboto is a fun experience, and i love the story and visuals. Overall this game is not a revolutionary metroidvania, he does exactly whatGato Roboto is a fun experience, and i love the story and visuals. Overall this game is not a revolutionary metroidvania, he does exactly what every other game in the genre did before, but it does it well, and its pretty solid once you get invested. I really loved the music too, and it was a fun sunday experience.
    You should give it a try.
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  3. Oct 9, 2019
    Un metroidvania muy entretenido ,dentro de su simpleza esconde un buen apartado artístico .