I'll fully admit that I'm a total sucker for anything that vaguely follows the Metroidvania formula. Something deep inside of my genetic code just loves navigating a maze-like mixture of corridors and platforms with more areas becoming unlocked as I collect new skills, weapons, and abilities. Robot Wants Kitty [99ยข] plays in to this perfectly, even integrating my love for cats. Based on the Flash game with the same name, Robot Wants Kitty has been fantastically translated to the touchscreen of iOS devices and plays just as well as recent platformers like League of Evil.

The basic premise of the game is that you're a robot, and you want to collect kitties, as the title suggests. Doing so involves picking up new "apps" for your robot, to program it to do additional things. For instance, at the start of the game you're not even capable of jumping. You've got to figure out how to get to the jump app, usually by falling, and avoiding enemies. Actually acquiring the kitty on each level will requiring your robot to be fairly decked out, both with abilities like powered up lasers, rocket boosters, and multi-colored key cards.

The way you acquire all of these abilities fits perfectly in to the Metroidvania formula, but how quickly you acquire them and how little fanfare there is makes it feel like the essence of what makes said formula work so well has been practically perfectly distilled. Six levels are included of increasing difficulty level, and while it starts out fairly easy and straight forward, the later levels can take over an hour to complete. There's even a level editor where you can create your own creations, although there isn't a way to share these yet.

I suppose you could look at the fact that there's only six levels as a negative point of the game, but then again, it's a dollar with a complete level editor. Forum members are really digging the game, and it's hard not to get behind a developer like Raptisoft who has historically been so good about updating their games.

If you like robots, cats, and/or Metroidvania style games, don't miss Robot Wants Kitty.

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  • Anonymous

    And here I was expecting an iOS remake of robotfindskitten. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotfindskitten). You found kitten! Way to go, robot!

  • Fredrik Jackson

    Hurray! Finally, I've waited for this. I love playing the "Robot wants..." games online. Very entertaining.

  • Moocow

    That looks more like Mega Man than Castlevania or even Metroid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000797981241 Dora Breckinridge

    I'm confused. Are the makers of the iPhone game in any way affiliated with Hamumu, the developer who actually made the original flash Robot Wants series? Or is this like how Gameloft titles are "based on/inspired by" World of Warcraft/Starcraft/Zelda/etc? The original flash games would be considered Metroidvania because each one only consists of one massive stage you have to run around on and collect items/power-ups to open up access to new areas you couldn't reach before. This... doesn't look like that, especially not if it's got six stages. What's up wi'dat?

  • http://twitter.com/hamumu Mike Hommel

    Raptisoft ported the game to iPhone for me, and it's all legal and appropriate! In fact, a couple of the included levels are made by me (as are a couple more to come in an update).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000797981241 Dora Breckinridge

      Oh, ha ha! Okay, awesome. :) Thanks for the reply. I was worried for a second what with recent flash game/iPhone scandals.

  • http://bassoonhero.deviantart.com/ Michael Wootton

    Was getting slightly interested while reading this preview to buy it, then you mentioned Raptisoft had a hand in it and my brain went into "must-have!!!!" mode. Hoggy and SK are two of my absolute favorite games on iPhone, and anything they do from now on have pretty much become automatic purchases. Can't wait to give this a shot!

  • GiHubb

    Raptisoft does it again! Fans of this dev won't be disappointed, from Hoggy to Solomon's Keep and now this, all classic iOS games that rank as my all time favorites on my iPhone. Well worth your time and 99 of your cents.

  • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

    I love Raptisoft games!! Solomon's Keep is one of my all time favorites... This looks great, but there's a one let down for me... None of their games have online leaderboards/achievements... Wish they would integrate Game Center or OpenFeint in their games... (edit typo)

    • Royce

      It has Openfeint, so does Solomon's Boneyard. And the developer said GC is coming soon ;)

      • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

        pardon me but i haven't found openfeint in solomon's keep... i just enabled it on boneyard (was it in the last update? cause i don't remember seeing it...) well actually i spent more time playing keep than boneyard... but i haven't seen OF in keep... am i missing something??
        anyways, that's some GREAT news!!! hope we will see solomon's keep again in a sequel ;)

      • Royce

        Keep doesn't have OF. I just meant this game, RwK, and Boneyard do. And the developer has a deluxe desktop version and an eventual sequel planned for Keep. You should check out the Raptisoft forums ;)

  • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

    This game rules. I recommend it to anyone that likes games and things that rule.

    Basically it's a refinement of the flash version for the iPhone. Instead of just one big level like it was in Flash, it's now 6 big levels that start you fresh each time. Kind of like getting 6 metroidvania quick sequels in one game, for 99 cents.

  • Shadowburner Aqw

    It's nice to see that you all like it, especially that my second to favorite iPhone
    dev rocketcat likes it (after raptisoft that I'm dedicated to help) it's one of my favorite games.

  • Shadowburner Aqw

    It's nice to see that you all like it, especially that my second to favorite iPhone
    dev rocketcat likes it (after raptisoft that I'm dedicated to help) it's one of my favorite games.

  • Blindside Dork

    So there are vampires in this game and whips?

  • Steven An

    This game is awesome! I actually like the controls..way better than League of Evil IMO

  • W4TSON

    Why are there not more games like this on the app store? This is awesome! I just wish it was longer & more fleshed out.

Robot Wants Kitty Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 4