One of the many reasons I love games is because they put you in crazy scenarios you will never ever find yourself in. But at some point, you feel like you may have seen it all – that’s when some cat waltzes in with what looks like like a bloody robot suit on. Hello Gato Roboto….
If you think you’re gonna be tucking into a pack of Dreamies and licking yourself clean here then think again. After your captain becomes stranded, it’s (ridiculously) up to you to save the day. Covered in your armoured mech suit you venture out into a dark, monochrome alien underworld and try to hang onto your nine lives. Now I usually struggle with where to go in metroid games, but Gato Roboto is laid out superbly. Gathering weapons and new items will enable you to shoot your way a new path to progress, but every now and then you’ll have to jump out of your suit to get through areas that are too small for your suit to get through. The problem is this – in your suit you can take a hefty bit of damage, but out of your suit it’s one hit and your dead. It’s enough to make any scaredy cat sprint back to their cat flap for a nice spot of waking up their owners for no reason.
Enemies vary from killer boss fights to um, frogs. But every minute here is a blast, no matter what enemies you face. Devolver Digital have become a symbol of excellence in the gaming world and putting doinksoft’s Gato Roboto in front of our eyes continues their trend of publishing totally weird and wonderful games. Now depending on how good you are, Gato Roboto will take you anywhere between 3-5 hours to complete, and you can throw on a bit more for 100% completion. Whilst it doesn’t sound hugely long, it feels right. In fact everything does; the difficulty, the soundtrack, the visuals…it’ll leave you feeling like the cat that got the cream. Who knew blowing sh*t up as a cat could be so much fun?
The frantic, ferocious and furry frolicking in Gato Roboto is catnip for gamers. Enjoy.
Punk rating: 8/10