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  • Summary: Become a cat! Cattails is a unique animal simulation RPG. Hunt, fight, explore, and socialize in an expansive open world. Get married, have a litter of kittens, and befriend your neighbors. Play as a feral cat that roams an expansive wilderness. Hunt for food, fight cats from other colonies,Become a cat! Cattails is a unique animal simulation RPG. Hunt, fight, explore, and socialize in an expansive open world. Get married, have a litter of kittens, and befriend your neighbors. Play as a feral cat that roams an expansive wilderness. Hunt for food, fight cats from other colonies, and become friends (or enemies!) with your neighbors. Romance one of twelve eligible cats, raise a family of cute kittens, and train them by taking them with you on your adventures. Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nov 28, 2018
    85
    Cattails is a cute, light-hearted RPG that revolves around hunting, foraging, and trying to restore the Forest Guardian. The gameplay is easy to pick up and play at any time, but can become a bit monotonous after awhile. The game isn't very exciting, and is meant more for relaxing gaming.
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    82
    Cattails is a surprisingly-polished and well-made game for a little indie title. The controls are easy to use, the mechanics are solid and the visuals are bright, colorful and cute. Again, it maybe lacks some of the vibrant detail of other open-world sims, and the fighting is a bit too simple. Dialogue with other cats can be fun but more response options could be added. Overall, though, the gameplay experience is an engaging one that will easily take 20-plus hours of your life away if you let it – but hey, you’ve still got eight more. If you love Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon, or just cats, you’ll find this game to be a near-purrfect choice.
  3. Dec 7, 2018
    80
    Fans of felines looking for a relaxing survival exploration game for their Switch will fall in love with Cattails. Its strange world has a certain charm that I've never experienced before and I'm sure you'll agree.
  4. 75
    Cattails lives up to the high concept elevator pitch. This is really Stardew Valley but with cats, and that’s an adorable and cute experience. It might not have the longevity of that and other farming games, but it has more heart than the majority of those games. This is a chill romp through a relaxing world that is best experienced by someone who just wants to take their time and smell the catnip.
  5. Apr 29, 2019
    75
    Despite the repetitiveness, Cattails does provide a lot of different things to do from romancing other cats, to starting your own community of cats. It offers something different from the usual RPG game and is well worth checking out if you are tired of the cookie cutter RPGs out there.
  6. Dec 2, 2018
    75
    Cattails is a big surprise. A game that initially looks extremely simple but that deep down hides lots of mechanics, systems and high quality content that can keep us playing for dozens of hours. Despite some flaws, it’s an easy-to-recommend experience.
  7. Dec 3, 2018
    50
    Cattails is cute. The art style is nice. The music is nice. I just don't want to play it ever again. My initial excitement about playing after simple RPGs like Cat Quest and pixel art games like Stardew Valley was basically crushed by a mediocre game. In fact, instead of this, just play one of the other games I just mentioned.

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  1. Apr 22, 2019
    8
    Cattails is a charming exploration game full of cute pixel cats and winsome personality! Many describe it as “Stardew Valley but with cats”Cattails is a charming exploration game full of cute pixel cats and winsome personality! Many describe it as “Stardew Valley but with cats” and I would agree to a certain extent-- mainly in the environmental design, the sacred temple (similar to the community center), and the wake-sleep daily gameplay loop. Though a bit rough around the edges with room to grow, I found the game entirely enjoyable and addictive. If you are someone who ever binge read the Warriors young adults novels by Erin Hunter in your teens, this game is for you! (It's also for any cat or animal lovers in general.)

    Cattails’ map sprites for both prey and cats are super cute, and so are the cat’s individual close up portraits! The map overall could use an extra detail and shading pass, as it appears a bit flat in places. There are a broad variety of cat pelt colors to choose, available from different vendors and festivals. You can tell which colony cats may have been designed by Kickstarter backers from their unique dialogue and appearances, some sporting unnatural colors. You can increase friendship/affinity with cats in your colony and in other colonies with gift giving to unlock new dialogue and interactions, though it is nothing nearly as complex as the friendship/romance cutscenes in Stardew.

    Stardew Valley Parallels ----- Hunting and foraging takes the place of farming as your main form of sustenance and currency-earning. You have to spot prey and sneak up, but not too close, hitting the pounce button at just the right time without scaring off your prey. Different prey is found in different areas based on the seasons. Instead of one town like in Stardew, there are three rival cat colonies, and you will eventually be able to found your own as the fourth. Interaction with other cats in the world is more limited than the Stardew Valley villagers with notable amounts of repeated dialogue. Each season is 10 days, with a festival on the last day of each season that features a cute mini game and seasonal cosmetics to purchase. Seeing all the colonies together at the festivals is heartwarming!

    The only real direction you are given, aside from the daily colony noticeboard task, is to restore the Forest Guardian via completing quests found within the temple at the center of the map. These quests are similar to the community center bundles. When completed a challenge is unlocked somewhere on the map to complete, one puzzle associated with each quest. When finished, you gain the ability to create, lead, and customize your own colony. This is the most interesting part of the game and it is a shame that there is little left to do after decorating and populating your colony.

    Combat is simple and straightforward. You claw at each other until one goes down first. There are a few combat abilities you can equip and your Fighting passive skill makes you hit harder and faster. I found myself wishing there were more enemies to fight rather than just the other clans. Perhaps the occasional stray dog, passing fox, a hawk or owl going after your prey, etc.
    There are various outfits, accessories, and even pet bugs you can deck out your cat with with. You can expand and customize your den with a handful of obtainable items as well, with the options to add storage, a small growing area for herbs, and a nursery. That’s right, you can have kittens, up to four! After maxing friendship with a marriageable cat, you can court them, marry them and have kittens that are a blend of the parent’s colors, each with unique personalities.

    Cattails is a very chill, slow paced game meant for cat and animal lovers. It’s easy to play and enjoy while multitasking other media. If lack of direction or story in a game tends to dissuade you from playing it, Cattails may not be for you. The bulk of the gameplay loop involves exploring and hunting. It’s fun, addictive, and the flaws did not prevent me from thoroughly enjoying it. The time I’ve spent on the game was well worth the money spent, especially at the sale price. The Cattails experience is pleasantly simplistic and wholesome, with a lot of heart!
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