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Mini Review: Astro Aqua Kitty – A Visually Sumptuous Shmup Sequel

Fur-miliar shoot-em-up gameplay.

Astro Aqua Kitty is the direct sequel to the enjoyable arcade shoot-em-up Aqua Kitty UDX, featuring immediately familiar gameplay and mechanics, albeit presented in a far more ambitious package. Where Aqua Kitty UDX had your feisty felines battling underwater creatures in small, looping spaces, Astro Aqua Kitty breaks through its predecessor’s boundaries to feature fully-formed levels with branching paths, missions, and a few secrets. As a result, the gameplay feels both grander and yet oddly diluted at the same time.

When you start the game, you’re given the choice of eight different characters to choose from: four pilots and four engineers. Each character offers a slight variation on your core stats, such as agility and firepower, though we found the differences in abilities to be fairly minimal, so whichever combination of pilot and engineer you decide to go for, you’re good to go. At this stage, you can also choose the game’s overall difficulty — which factors in the enemies’ health and rate of fire — with an additional option to activate permadeath. We’d personally recommend choosing hard mode with permadeath disabled for the most enjoyable experience.

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