It used to be that most any game you picked up could easily be slotted into a single, nicely compartmentalized genre. Whether it was action, FPS, puzzle, or whatever else, nearly all early games could fit into a neat, tidy category that helped players know what to expect from one game to the next. As games have evolved, though, these lines have become more blurred; whether it’s mega-hits like Destiny mixing FPS with RPG, or small independent titles like Poof vs the Cursed Kitty and its blend of action, platforming and tower defense, I think the blend is largely for the better. Since Destiny hasn’t convinced me yet, I spent some quality time with Poof and I’m pleased with what I’ve found.
At its core, Poof vs the Cursed Kitty is more an evolution of the classic arcade Mario Bros. than anything else. There’s a quick semblance of plot involving our heroic canine champion, Poof, receiving the gift of a golden-egg-laying kitten from a wizard. But (as is usually the case with wizardly gifts), our poochy pal soon learns that there’s a twist – the kitty’s power makes all manner of greedy, wealth-hungry monsters come seeking the rare fortunes of its creations. Now Poof has to defend his prize, battle waves upon waves of dastardly beasts, and use all of the tools at his disposal to help the forlorn feline.
Along the way, players are given missions to complete in order to unlock the various abilities, weapons, and other goodies of which Poof vs the Cursed Kitty has plenty of. Single-use weapons, powerful turrets, and a plethora of skills including potent attacks and time manipulation fill out Poof’s defensive means and offer plenty of ways to combat the ever-encroaching hordes. Missions range from surviving certain lengths of time, killing a set number of foes, or using specific skills. Backgrounds and costumes are unlocked along the way as well by simple accumulation of points.
With the mix of abilities and weapons, the frantic action, and the great Saturday Morning Cartoon vibe in graphics and music, Poof vs the Cursed Kitty is a great, if not terribly long-lasting, time. With publisher/developer duo Arkedo and Neko asking $6.99 via Steam, it’s worth a look if you’re in the market for something simple and enjoyable. If you’re on the fence about this one, I recommend holding out until it inevitably makes its way to one of the many bundle sales. Poof vs the Cursed Kitty has charm and fun, but the lack of complexity and post-mission content make it a tougher sell in the long run.