Strike Force Kitty
The Princess Kitty has been captured by evil forces...er, foxes...and the Kitty King has sent you, his strike force, out on a rescue mission. Strike Force Kitty is on the job! This adorable new action arcade game by Deqaf Studio (makers of Dangerous Adventure) takes the familiar mechanic and turns it into a completely unexpected (and seriously amusing) geek fest. As you travel, you'll meet a cast of strangely recognizable characters, from V to Freddy to a certain tomb raider. And that doesn't even scratch the surface of wacky references. As your fox nemeses are banished, you pick up their costumes and weapons, outfitting yourself as all sorts of funny folks with special buffs ranging from critical hits to healing, and which can improve your health, attack, or stamina. So choosing your equipment and placing your stat points, granted from leveling up, is the key to success. Fortunately, the payoff in this game isn't just the rescue of the princess, but the game itself which is just plain fun to play. Leveling up is dependent upon gathering fish which count as points in the game, and winning an entire outfit from a fox requires multiple battles. But as you move through the new maps that open up after every boss is defeated, you'll be able to make more decisions regarding your gameplay.
To be fair, the game can be pretty grindy, as all games of this type can be, and it would certainly benefit from a fast forward button. There are four levels through which your intrepid kittehs must traipse, and it takes a good long while to gather enough equipment and points to make it to and past even the first boss. Depending on your current goals, you can choose to start from the castle after each defeat with a full stamina bar just to breeze through for fish points, or simply pick up in the level where you were killed with the stamina you had going in and try to force someone to give up their outfit. So much cuteness and so very very many options will make this a grinding player's dream game, but even if you only make it to the second boss, you'll get a kick out of the characters. Each level replay is quick, the enemies stay in the same place (which lets you strategize), and the fact that your strike force skips as they move through the forest will add to the preciousness overload that makes this game special. The game doesn't have a save function, so be sure you have your flash set to "Unlimited" if you want to hold on to your data. Now, get to it. There's a princess to save!