Don't ask me why, but there's something about a videogame with a ridiculous premise that always appeals to me. In this case, it's the story of a fat cat named Tombo who lives in a tall tower and gets food air shipped in on a weekly basis to fill his growing belly. For me, this brings up a lot of common sense questions. How does he pay for the food? Who has such a delivery service that they send orders in by air balloon? Do they deliver in my area?

Anyway, this goofy premise is the story of Fatcat Rush [$0.99], an on-rails 3D sidescroller that allows you to go on an eating rampage. It seems one of your food deliveries has made a wrong turn and exploded all over the tower you live in, so you can either sit up at the top like the proud fatass you are and starve, or you can go on an adventure to recapture your food. Not much of a choice here, guys.

You'll control Tombo's jumps as the game automatically propels him along. You can also slide using a button on the far right which will let you kick barrels open to reveal food, but beyond that the game keeps it pretty simple as far as controls go (and they are very accurate, which is lovely.) Both buttons can be combined for a long jump, which you will certainly need as you go plowing through the later levels in search of hamburgers, sushi and whatever other weird stuff you apparently order every week. What the hell is a ketchup lollipop, anyway? Gross!

You have three hearts in each level you play, and the only way you can lose them is by crashing into things like the aforementioned barrels or falling too far. Keep the rhythm of your jumps going, and this shouldn't be a problem, although it certainly gets trickier as you go, but you can pick up health shakes to restore hearts as well. Also good to look out for are fish, which help your boost meter and score. For each fish you grab, your score multiplier is going to go up, so if you're in it to rack up the points (which you will also earn in-game achievements for), you're going to want to keep an eye out for these guys.

There are a total of 15 levels in Fatcat Rush, and they are very well designed and engaging. Different environmental hazards await you as you make your way up the tower, and it keeps the gameplay interesting. I think this game's biggest appeal is going to be with score hounds that like to replay each level to perfection and figure out a way to get every little secret food item and rack up plenty of fish on the way for big numbers. You can unlock outfits too, including one that makes you look a bit like Mario, which ought to please the old school fans.

Fatcat Rush is lovely to look at and fun to play, and I have a feeling that it'll capture a lot of attention, especially at such a reasonable price. I think it could have benefitted from online leaderboards since it's clearly a score-oriented title, but it ought to still provide plenty of solid on-the-go action regardless. And let's face it -- watching Tombo hurl his fat body around trying to capture foodstuffs is kind of great in itself. Fat cats are always the best.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/madebymadison Madison Fotografie

    Too bad not for iPad. Give this some iPad treatment incl optimisations for the iPad2 and I'm in. I *STILL* dont get why developers dont just develop universal games.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=758989477 Olle Mattsson

      The iPad version coming! Like Tombo Fatcat on Facebook and you will be the first to know.

      • Anonymous

        As a universal update to this app?

  • Nuno2k

    the money talks :)

  • Check12

    Unless its a pun (?) title should be "sight"

  • cartoonnetworkgames

    Fatcat Rush is a new side-scrolling runner game from Tomodomo Oy. It’s
    his first game in the AppStore, and like many of the previous first
    publishers I’ve reviewed lately, he shows hardly any signs of being a
    newcomer to the scene. In the game, you play as Tombo, a cat who lives
    on the peak of a huge tower. Every week his favorite food is shipped to
    him by a hot-air balloon. But this week, the balloon carrying his
    delivery was struck by lightning, flinging his food all throughout the
    pathways of the tower. With his stomach grumbling, he decides to go
    after it all, making sure to hurry before the food spoils. 

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  • bones boy

    That music track is wicked! 21st century Devo! Buying it. Hope it's included.

  • Anonymous

    wanna buy it but waiting for the iPad version, hopefully as universal.

  • Chopstix

    This looks cool. I'm downloading it right now!

  • supermario

    If you are an avid gamer and are desperately looking for a new game for you iPhone, then you must certainly check out ‘Fatcat Rush’, a amazing game developed by Tomodomo Oy for iOS. In spite of being the first game developed by Tomodomo Oy in AppStore, ‘Fatcat Rush’ completely grabs attention of the gamers with its interesting game plot and 3D graphics. Though there are many games out there in AppStore, Fatcat Rush certainly makes its own mark with its captivative features. After reviewing the game for quiet some time, I found it very engaging and one will get easily hooked to the gameplot of the game.

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  • free games

    There are 15 levels in this game, each level coming with an unique environmental hazards and various varieties of food creating much enthusiasm for the players of the game. During the game play, players are provided with 3 hearts indicating three chances of clearing a level, and each chance is lost when Tombo crashes with some of terrain or barrels that obstruct him from having his food. Different kinds of food in the game has different scores, you will gain extra points upon having items like PizzaBurgers which wins you 10 points, while Ketchup Lollipops and Whipped Cream Taco’s gives you only 3 and 1 points respectively

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  • Y8 Games

    FATCAT RUSH is a side scroller that appeals to your collector’s instinct
    and competitive drive. You control TOMBO, the sumo and sushi loving
    feline whose appetite leaves others pale in comparison.

    FATCAT RUSH is all about handsome 3D graphics, cute’n’perky atmosphere
    with fun and casual mechanics - until you really start grinding for the
    perfect run in each level and trying to unlock that one last
    achievement! You just can’t lay it down after picking it up!
     

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Fatcat Rush Reviewed by Colette Bennett on . Rating: 4