The are at times games that are difficult to review. This can be because the content is controversial and requires some considered thought, other times you may want to avoid any spoilers, or game is bad, so you need to be careful with how you critique said game. None of those are the case for Aqua Kitty though, the issue here is how to really sum up the game in more than a few words.
Well here we go.
Aqua Kitty is a competent shooter that takes a fair amount of influence from original arcade hit Defender…The clue is right there in the title, go on have a look. There it is. That is it really, the game in a nutshell. Eight out of ten.
Ok lets have a proper look. Aqua Kitty is a fantastic game to play and offers up ease of access whilst also giving players a well balanced challenge. It is split into three modes across the map with levels being either Easy, Normal or Arcade. Each level has the objective of defending a base whilst racking up the scores. Die and it is game over, let both bases get destroyed and it is game over. Simple, simple, simple.
That simplicity extends to the control scheme too, move around using the left stick, shoot with X and change the way you are facing with L or R. That once again is it. This is a game that you can play on a regular basis or just go back to when you have a gap in your schedule. It is extremely easy to get back into each and every time.
Yet that simplicity adds to an addictiveness that will see you gravitating to it every time you turn in your Vita. It has that certain something that sees it as more of a comfort game than anything else. You feel happy just knowing it is there and waiting for you whenever you need it.
Graphically it is also a throw back to the likes of Defender, but with a crispy 16bit underwater setting. It has a certain charm to it that works well with the music and general sounds too. A faint but recongnisable ‘meow’ will alert you to the fact a capture is about to happen, so you are able to get to the location quickly and be the hero.
If you are after a well crafted game for the Vita that you can just pick up and play whenever you feel like it, then Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defenders is a fantastic option and we wholeheartedly recommend it.