Strikeforce Kitty: Last Stand
In Deqaf Studio's Strike Force Kitty and its sequel, the fox kingdom has been trying really really hard to overthrow the kitten kingdom, but all they've gotten is a sound beating for their trouble. Cats rule and dogs drool, after all. But in Strikeforce Kitty: Last Stand, which puts a defense-centric twist on things, the raccoons have been hired by the foxes, and things are getting serious... or at least as serious as a game about cuddly animals waging war while dressed as popular characters from anime, video games, and more can be. To play, click the attack button rapidly to have your cats hurl themselves at the enemy. Your cats' health is displayed above their heads, and if it runs out, they'll be escorted off the field by the paramedics and unable to fight for a while. Beat down a racoon, however, and you'll have a chance to earn whatever costume they were wearing, which you can in turn equip your kittens with, and often grants unique abilities and bonuses, such as a chance to block enemy attacks or heal your whole army. You'll need to defeat all waves of enemies in order to win, and on your side you also have special cats who will use their unique skills to help you when their timer bars are full. Use the fish dropped by enemies to upgrade them, or to enhance your castle!
Like the first two Strikeforce Kitty games, Last Stand is a bit of a grind when it comes to earning costumes and fish for upgrades, but its focus on button mashing and defense is a pretty abrupt change for the series. It's still cute as a button, with all the various costumes you can find an absolute treat, but it does feel like a lot of the game has been stripped down to the point where it's almost too simple. You're parked in front of your castle mashing the attack button, occasionally popping into your inventory to compare new costume statistics or spend your fish, and it lacks the fast-paced, breezy exploration of the last two games. Cute? You'd better believe it, down to the meowed "wee-oo-wee-oo" ambulance sounds when your paramedic kittens come out, and while some people have reported lag, I found the game ran fast and smooth, so all that Squirtle-on-Patrick-Star-on-Ganondorf mayhem was front and center. For some, the drastic gameplay change might be a bit much, but if you just want to see raccoons and kittens dressed as characters from Lord of the Rings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mortal Kombat, Death Note, and many, many more, well, this kitty's for you.