Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 85
    Admittedly, Gato Roboto is a small video game, but its length is one of its strengths. The adventure introduces new mechanics and discoveries at such a perfect pace that you end up feeling satisfied yet hungry for more. If you love Metroidvanias and want a quick, cheap, enjoyable version of one, Gato Roboto fits that mold purrfectly.
  2. Jun 3, 2019
    Let yourself be seduced by its price. It is an excellent game, although a bit short. It fulfills what is expected of a title inspired by Metroid and brings a couple of fresh ideas. Gato Roboto is very light and includes some Super Meat Boy style levels.
  3. May 31, 2019
    Gato Roboto is one of my favorite indie games I’ve had a chance to play this year. The only downside is that the short playtime of only four-five hours (it took me five and a half because of some issues with one of the bosses), means the game never really feels like it finds its own identity. If you can look past this, though, you’ll find a fantastically crafted platformer that mimics the Metroid days of old.
  4. May 31, 2019
    A monochromatic tribute to Metroid with a good sense of humor and solid exploration, action and platforming mechanics.
  5. 80
    Gato Roboto is a refreshingly simple take on the Metroidvania formula. It's not going to impress everyone, but if you're just looking for solid side-scrolling action and a pretty cute cat, it won't disappoint.
  6. 80
    Gato Roboto might lean a little too heavily on homage, but never truly in a bad way. It might be more goofy than great and more adorable than original, but the game still delivers a pint-sized prance that comes together nicely even if it’s a little short. This follows through on the premise of Meowtroid extremely well.
  7. May 30, 2019
    With tight controls, retro-styled minimal art style and a superb sense of progression, this is the perfect Metroidvania to play whilst you’re waiting for an actual Metroid or appropriate Castlevania game. Only its difficulty leaves a bit to be desired at times - anybody with a lick of experience will likely breeze through it in no time, and we wish it lasted a little longer. Nevertheless, it's chock full of meaningful upgrades, secrets and spectacular boss battles to keep you busy, if only for a few hours.
  8. May 30, 2019
    Apart from the cute twist of playing as a cat, Gato Roboto does little to innovate and feels like a decent game you’ve already played.
  9. May 31, 2019
    Gato Roboto is another little triumph for Devolver Digital and developer doinksoft. A simple and satisfying metroidvania that keeps the best of the genre and execute it in a fun Cat-Robot space fantasy and ditches all the unnecessary backtracking these games sometimes have. What it has in charm it lacks in ambition though, and it can fall a little bit short content-wise.
  10. Jun 6, 2019
    Gato Roboto is a short, sharp burst of Metroid fun, with cats. It sounds daft, but strong level design and a few original tweaks make it well worth a look.
  11. May 30, 2019
    A game with a lot of personality and charm... but far too simple in every other aspect, especially when compared with the best examples of the metroidvania genre. Nevertheless, Gato Roboto is pretty fun, and few games let you become the more powerful cat in the entire universe (none, really).
  12. May 30, 2019
    Gato Roboto offers a synthetic and concentrated experience of a Metroid-like adventure. doinksoft game's ticks every boxes of the genre, delivering a high-speed rhythm all the same, but falling short after three little hours.
  13. Jun 3, 2019
    If you go into Gato Roboto with the only expectation being “Metroid but with a cat protagonist,” you won’t likely be disappointed. But if you hope for anything beyond that, you’ll likely wind up entertained but unsatisfied.
  14. Jun 4, 2019
    Gato Roboto is a bite-sized trek that's sufficiently programmed for the right amount of enjoyment. With enough charm to last a Sunday afternoon, Kiki's escapade is sure to leave behind a pleasant memory or three. Just be sure to keep expectations in check. It's unlikely that hardcore gamers will get the fierce action and stress-inducing scenarios that they crave, while the casual crowd might be a little put off by the short play-time and lack of extra content. Still, there is a bit of depth to uncover. Skilfully navigating the research facility is a reward in itself. All in all, whoever decides to pick this title is bound to get their money's worth, and that's reason enough to check it out.
  15. Jun 1, 2019
    If you want a simple Metroidvania adventure that you can complete in 1 or 2 gaming sessions then Gato Roboto is the cat's pajamas.
  16. May 30, 2019
    While the rewards in hidden areas aren't as satisfying as you might expect from a game like this, Gato Roboto's tense, creative boss battles with a talking rodent are an absolute delight.
  17. May 30, 2019
    Anyone hungering for a short Metroid homage can certainly satiate it here for a few bus rides’ worth of time, but there are numerous games within this genre on the Nintendo eShop, most of which are more absorbing and inspiring than this one.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. May 31, 2019
    Not a completely novel idea, but the game very much works for me. The sound is great. Mechanics are pretty enjoyable, especially runningNot a completely novel idea, but the game very much works for me. The sound is great. Mechanics are pretty enjoyable, especially running around as the cat. Difficult enough thus far for it to be enjoyable yet not too frustrating. The art direction is pretty good; I enjoy unlocking new themes. Some of the button choices do feel a bit weird, I wish you could change your settings. For the price, I am having a good time. Will update if my opinion changes. Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2019
    Great byte sized metroid clone with a cat for a very good price, a must buy if you're a fan of the genre
  3. Jun 9, 2019
    Gato Roboto is a charming little game. For $8, you get around 3.5 hours of streamlined Metroidvania fun. The subject matter is cute, and theGato Roboto is a charming little game. For $8, you get around 3.5 hours of streamlined Metroidvania fun. The subject matter is cute, and the game has tight controls. If you've never played a Metroidvania title, this is a great introduction to the genre, and if you're a fan, it's a simple and short entry. Overall, I would recommend. Full Review »