Gaming Apps: Touch Cats
Published by ngmoco
Developed by ngmoco
Rated E for Everyone
Have you ever wanted a cat but don’t have the time, energy, or money needed to care for one? Touch Cats may be the answer to your kitty needs. This game allows you to care, dress, socialize, and play with several different breeds of Cats that you can adopt. All you have to do is give them a name and you’re set to go!
Well, that’s not necessarily true. Just as in real life, currency is the way to get new surroundings, new furniture, new toys, new food, and other items to make your cat happy. How do you get coins? One of three ways; searching your decorations, searching your friends/neighbor’s houses, or doing the “tasks” that are predetermined for you by the “Powers That Be” (the company that made the game).
We all know that Cats are curious and as such, they like to snoop. With all the items you put in your room(s), the cat(s) can search these items and find money or stickers. Stickers are for collections and you can earn hard to achieve items. You can search your house as well as any of your friends/neighbors houses in order to earn coins.
Each day you are given between one and five tasks to do for your Cat. It may be from simply feeding them, to playing ball, to socializing, to just petting them. You can’t do all the tasks right away; you’ll have a countdown timer of 29 minutes before the next task can be completed. If you do your tasks each day for the week, you can earn another prize which can be an item of clothing, money, or Kitty Heads.
What a Kitty Heads? Just as they sound. It’s a small icon of a Cat head. These are a little harder to get than the coins. These you earn by leveling up or by completing tasks each week. There are special items in the Pet Store that require these Kitty Heads in order to purchase them.
Don’t have the time or the energy to earn coins or Kitty Heads? There’s a way around that as well. You can purchase both of them through an in-game button and it will be taken out of your iTunes account. Pretty easy, so be careful who’s handling the game!
The game itself is pretty easy and if you forget to care for your cat for days/weeks at a time, there’s no penalty and you won’t log back into the game to find deceased, scrawny, or mad cats in your house. It leaves off wherever you did. And if you earn enough coins you can adopt up to six cats. You can play with up to two at a time, except when you’re in a neighbor’s house where you can only play with one of your Cats. Two Cats on the screen at all times.
I found this game to be a good introduction to the iPad for my son who was just turning 4 at the time. It showed him how to use his finger as a stylus, how to select icons, and how much pressure was needed, etc. He enjoyed this game for a couple of months before getting bored by its simplicity and the fact that the company hasn’t made a level update in quite some time. One of the reasons he enjoyed it for that long was the fact that he was able to add friends through the “+Plus” center (which is similar to Game Center).
The downside to this game is that the updates from the company have been few and far between. My level has been stuck at the current level for almost a year now. I’m not sure when they plan on releasing an update or if they ever will. It also goes to say that my son has been on to newer and better games. This was fun while it lasted and for those of you who have more interest in cats may find that your interest in this game lasts longer than it did for him.
You can’t argue with free though…