You really can't go wrong with anything cat-related on the internet. At the very least, people will give it a click or a view, and you can move about your life having seen one cuter thing that day. But in Apocalypse Meow: Save the Last Humans [Free], the cats are anything but cute. Instead, they've taken over the entire Earth, and it's up to a squadron of dog fighter pilots to rescue the remaining humans. It's weird, and delightfully so, but thankfully it's backed up by a rather fun shoot 'em up on top of the premise.

Starting off as a woefully under-powered ship, you'll slowly work your way towards a glorious vessel as you weave your way through enemy forces and save the humans floating aimlessly in space. You'll control your character by way of typical shoot 'em up controls, dragging your finger where you please with automatic shot capabilities, and it's all wonderfully responsive. I wouldn't call it even close to a "bullet hell" experience, but enemy patterns are carefully crafted, similar to Galaga, which are almost puzzle-like in nature. Enemy waves will typically fly out in unision, and it's important to nail them all to earn the highest bounty possible, and prevent them from ganging up on you.  It's tough to predict said waves, as the game feels like it's running on a semi-procedural system.

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It's a good balance between arcade-like action and tactical shooting gameplay, and I especially love the slowdown effect that happens when you lift your finger off of the screen. You'll have the option to eventually build up your ship by way of the game's currency system as well. Upgrades will take time to build, lest you spend in-game currency to hurry it up, or use another option entirely (more on that later). The RPG elements are fairly detailed, allowing you to choose between a small set of characters with different statlines, as well as upgrade every facet of your ship, from health, to weapons, to defensive capabilities.

Apocalypse Meow goes for a rather unique pricing scheme that both hits and misses at the same time, as the app is technically free, but players can opt for any number of add-ons that alter the experience. The key IAP options include currency packs, a currency doubler, the ability to remove ads for $1.99, and faster ship building capabilities, also for $1.99.

It feels a bit odd to piecemeal out all of this into separate purchases, but for the most part, Meow feels like a fair free-to-play title even without spending any money on it. I mean, removing ads is nice but they're hardly intrusive, and earning upgrades faster is great, but it's not like the game is impossible without them.

In the end, Apocalypse Meow does a lot right, and I think fans of Sky Force will dig it, even if it doesn't do everything quite as well.

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  • Fernando Colombo

    It would be an awesome game, except for the fact that the game sound overwrites Itunes sound! Why developers, why do you do this? Why do you don't let me listen to other things while I play your game?

    • http://www.guidorosso.com Guido Rosso

      Check out the update, we fixed this issue!

      • Fernando Colombo

        Thanks fot the feedback, I'll download it again.

    • http://www.splitcell.com cirrus82

      Like Guido said, make sure you're on version 1.1 and you'll be able to play your own music. We missed this with the initial release!

  • Ron

    I've actually preferred this to Skyforce, been playing it a lot. More approachable, I think.

  • Anotherkellydown

    I've been addicted to this to the point where I think I need an intervention. Seriously love this game. There is some grinding involved to upgrade your ship, but... you get to upgrade your ship... A LOT! Then you've got high scores and achievements to chase, the graphics are gameplay are superb, and the developers are very open to suggestions and are still working to improve the game. Thanks for covering this, Chris!

  • ffaust

    With this at 10 and the other TBS Warhammer at 5, which is better?

  • Jay Gaming

    This is a great sky force alternative . Both games are unique in style . I enjoyed this one more

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    Naaah, just tiny dagger wielding breath taking trolls

  • Martymcsmartie

    Looks good, plays well, developers are on the ball with it that's for sure. I just find it too much of a grind though, so has started to get pretty dull.

  • psu319

    Any word on more updates? There are still a couple unopened sectors.

Apocalypse Meow: Save the Last Humans Reviewed by Chris Carter on . Rating: 4