Excerpt: Blade Kitten is a game that has a lot of potential to be a really fun hack-n-slash action game, but for some reason, doesn't quite hit the mark in all the right spots. Blade Kitten 's look and feel come straight from the web comic it is based on. The anime style of the heroine and the strange alien creatures and technologies come through rather well, and you can tell that the comic's creator, Steve Stamatildis, was heavily involved in the game's development.
Summary: If the main hero of your comic is a pointy-eared young girl with perky breasts and pink hair, it is one of two things -- a Japanese Manga, or a Western comic that desperately wishes it was a Japanese Manga. Blade Kitten , a collection of adventures based around the feisty and annoying creature known as Kit Ballard, is the latter.
Excerpt: If the name of this game happens to call to mind the quirky and amusing comic of the same name on which Blade Kitten is based, please put that out of your mind. The similarities begin and end at the fact that you play as Kit Ballard, “Breaker” (bounty hunter), expert swordswoman, and if my eyes do not deceive me, eleven year old girl. But questionable protagonist aside, this is nothing like the comic.
Excerpt: The adage about cats always landing on their feet doesn't ring true for Blade Kitten. At first glance, the game looks to have plenty of kitty grace, thanks to its spunky protagonist and pretty visuals. But this clumsy action platformer is often far too easy, and the action doesn't generate much excitement.
Pros: Kit is an appealing character, Looks good
Cons: Dull platforming and uninvolving action, Poor story, No real challenge, Some glitches
Conclusion: At its best, Blade Kitten is a decent distraction that features some pretty visuals and an appealing protagonist, but its gameplay is too shallow to make it an involving or memorable experience. Kit Ballard may be a fun character, but on the strength of Blade Kitten, there's little reason to look forward to what her future adventures have in store.
Pros: Kit is an appealing character, Looks good.
Cons: Dull platforming and uninvolving action, Poor story, No real challenge, Some glitches.
Conclusion: Blade Kitten is an enjoyable, albeit short experience. Considering the game was broken down into episodes, it’s quite understandable. Depending on if you are simply trying to beat the game or are looking to acquire everything humanly possible in the game, it can last anywhere from 4-12 hours. While this title is far from perfect, it’s an enjoyable experience that anyone can play… except little kids of course.
Excerpt: Cats are cute. Kit Ballard is cute. The chick she’s chasing is cute. Kit’s playful banter is cute. The presentation is, on the whole…cute. Unfortunately, there’s nothing cute about the repetitive and seriously flawed gameplay, which means this little pink kitty outstays her welcome pretty fast. The various forms of cuteness will keep you playing longer than you normally would when faced with a partly broken game, but that’s about it.
Conclusion: Great attempt at the visuals and platforming elements, but feels uninspiring in its narrative. Fans of the webcomic would probably appreciate it more than the Average Joe, who would feel this is better placed in the previous generation of gaming.