Mini-Review: Cat Physics
One rule of the wild is that cats love to play with a ball. This is the premise behind Cat Phyiscs, a standout puzzle game on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This game may be several months old but it’s a game worth playing if you haven’t already, especially because Donut Games has recently added 20 free levels to its original 50 through an update.
The goal of the game is to get the ball from Cat A to Cat B. You first drag around the arrows on the screen, getting them into position so that when you tell the first cat to launch the ball it will follow the path you’ve laid out. Each arrow will propel the ball using its momentum and factoring in gravity. You are scored from one to three stars based on the distance of your path to the goal.
There is a lot of trial and error involved, and failing to reach Cat B does not effect your score. The levels become more complex by adding multiple arrows of varying directions, sometimes with extra arrows that don’t necessarily need to be used. Portals even come into play later, which really adds to the challenge. When the ball enters one portal it exits another, but you never know which portal the ball will come out of until you try. There are also obstacles that can work against you or to your advantage, like glass platforms that break if hit with too much momentum, moving spokes, and catapults.
Cat Physics is a fun game for when you need to kill a few minutes at a time, and forces you to think logically and strategically. Plus the music is great, and the mewing of the cat when you complete a level is an adorable reward.