Genre: Puzzle, Strategy
System: Steam (Windows)
Developer|Publisher: Fernando Araujo | INK EYE Games
Controller Support: Full
Price: UK £1.69 | EU € 1,99 | USD $1.99
Release Date: May 12th, 2023
Review code used, with many thanks to INK EYE Games.
Logicats is a puzzle game that mixes the kind of if/then and directional instructions in a way that they would be coded, making it a challenging game of following the instructions to the letter. No matter how convoluted.
The Gameplay of Logicats
Logicats begins with a little kitten who must follow the instructions on the right side of the screen to get to the yarn ball. The cat’s instructions aren’t ever a direct route, however. Players need to carefully follow the programming-language type instructions in the form of move this way this many times, if/then statements, and more.
For the example above, players must use the keypad or their controller’s D-pad buttons to move up, right, right, up, and up again. In the bottom left, it shows the moves I’ve already made to get there. If players do something out of order, they will get an angry cat face and have to start over.
As Logicats progresses, the instructions get more complex, harder to follow, and easier to get jumbled up. For example, the one below has players move to the right four times unless the circle they land on is gray. If gray, they need to move up twice instead.
While the concepts and new types of challenges are introduced slowly, the difficulty ramps up pretty quickly, giving players bigger and bigger challenges with every single new level. While some of the earlier puzzles were short and sweet, they took longer and longer to complete each time.
Loads to Do in Logicats
For a $2 game, Logicats is a pretty substantial game. If you like this sort of adorable programming-like puzzle, you will be happy with the sheer amount of levels to complete.
Most of the levels are pretty quick, but they can take a couple of tries to get through successfully. This means that players can complete a handful of levels at a time; this is great for busy people who don’t have much time to dive into video games but want something quick and fun to do in between tasks or to relax right before bed.
Cute, Challenging, and Fun
I didn’t have a single problem with Logicats. The music was good, the movements were fluid, and the cat was cute. There were some adorable cat noises; the puzzles were amazing and put in the perfect order. The closest thing to a problem you could say I had is that I didn’t understand the premise at first; I was tired when I first dove in, and it just wasn’t clicking for whatever reason.
However, I just don’t think this type of game is for me. Logicats is fabulous. It’s bright, it’s difficult in a good way, it has a great build-up and slowly throws new things at you, and it’s cute too. I like the look, the feel, and the polish. That being said, I think it’s the wrong type of puzzle game for my brain.
I didn’t get too far into Logicats, but everything I played was unique and interesting though. While I personally don’t like Logicats, I still think it’s a very well-done game. If you think programming-style puzzles will appeal to you, I would try this little game. It’s probably one of the more polished indie puzzle games I’ve played in a bit.
Final Verdict: I Like it a Lot.