The game comes with a unique style of animation that Gaia is known for, as the game's feline characters are personified with human emotions and clothing. As you head into the game, you'll be able to name your cat and will immediately dive into the world of tickle fighting, which plays a lot like Fruit Ninja. Each battle sees stars appearing in groups as they're flung from the bottom to the top of the screen, and you'll need to swipe your finger across them to destroy them, thus causing damage to your opponent. Bombs also appear on the screen, and these must be avoided so that you don't take damage yourself.
As a free-to-play experience, each match requires energy to complete, and the enemies themselves become more difficult to defeat as you go along. If you ever feel the need to train before progressing to a harder enemy, you can go back and have rematches with previously defeated foes. Thankfully, you can earn multiple achievements via each character that you battle, so there's more incentive to go back and fight before moving on.
Earning gold allows you to unlock new pieces of clothing for your cat, which then translates to "Swagger" points. Swagger is required to unlock some enemies, and it's a system that works well as a break from the same Fruit Ninja-style gameplay that each battle offers. While the core gameplay of RumbleKitten is so similar to Halfbrick's classic, it comes with that unique Gaia flair, fun characters and a storyline that make it a much lengthier process than you might be expecting.
The game is still simple to play due to its familiarity, but there's enough originality and content here (including 12 cats to bail out of the pound by spending gold) to definitely make it worth the free download. If you're not convinced, check out the trailer above for more.
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