CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars Review

CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars Review

Apr 29, 2017

I’m fairly confident hitting up a ZeptoLab offering practically unseen; we have been keeping an eye out on CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars, and now that’s it’s out, we had to go for a formal look-see.

SO, first, this one simulates 1v1 arena battler, pitting you, the player against a series of enemies in different modes. Toss in crafting and an a simple upgrade process, and we just might have a winner.

From a visual perspective, this one is a feast; we get a vibrant pallet of colors, with cute characterizations (including animals, yay) and whimsical animations. It has a playful feel that does lend to the gameplay.

The game leads us through the basics. As noted, it culminates in an arena, and you start out with a basic machine composes of different parts: a frame, front wheel, back wheel, weapon and the like. The core pieces added together create a numerical value which shows how powerful the bot is.

Being powerful is great, but engineering plays a role in bot efficacy; attaching the right, say, weapon at the right point might turn the tide, even against an otherwise stronger opponent. Heck something as initially seemingly benign as the shape of the vehicle can be a huge advantage in battles.

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And then the fighting itself… now, there are different modes to get involved in, but the core idea remains take on an opponent and win for goodies. Now the goodies and parts won can then be used to upgrade one’s vehicle to be more effective.

Actual fighting requires no input from the players; build the best bot you can, and let it play out.

The crafting element is a good part of what makes this game tick; it encourages creativity with limited resources. Continually making one’s bot stronger is a very necessary, as the enemies get tougher, and some are very interestingly put together.

It’s a fun game, with a simple premise and a reasonable measure of complexity too. All round fun.

CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars Review Rundown

9
Graphics/Sound - Great looks and interesting sounds.
8
Controls - Intuitive touch and gestures.
8
Gameplay - Build and let em fight!
8
Replay Value - Easy to continue to play.
8.5
Overall - Another engaging title from a great studio.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

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