Crashy Cats

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Finding the purrfect path of destruction requires practice.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Players get brief instructions on gameplay basics, but there's no FAQ or similar resource. More information would be helpful.

Violence & Scariness

The intent of the game is to bang into things and cause damage. Objects, though, are the primarily targets. Cats sometimes knock into people, but they don't seem to harm them.

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Consumerism

Players will see some ads. They can also buy items for $1.99 to $40.99, such as packages of fish to skip goals for levels. There's also the ability to double the coins earned indefinitely, which costs $3.99.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crashy Cats is an action game for iOS and Android devices. The premise surrounding the gameplay involves mild violence, because players are rewarded for causing as much damage as possible in a room. This damage tends to be focused on things, not people. There isn't any detailed information about how to play, so some of the rules are a little unclear. Gamers will see ads while playing, which aren't quite as invasive as in other apps, but appear fairly frequently. These can be closed quickly, though, so you're not always interrupted, and ads will be disabled if you make an in-app purchase. Players may be tempted to purchase fish items because the app sparingly gives them out for any other activity, including voluntarily watching ads.

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What's it about?

Players try to knock over as many lamps, people, and other items as possible in CRASHY CATS. They're given goals in each round -- to destroy five electronic items, for instance, and collect 200 coins, which erupt from broken items. Players tap once to jump and twice to go higher to clear crevices and avoid hitting items like dogs, or the round will end. They run through new locations as they advance, such as an office, and can pick up special abilities like speed from certain items. They'll also see a tally of the dollar amount of their damage as they go.

Is it any good?

Trying to knock into everything you can as you run through different scenes in this action-focused game can be entertaining -- and surprisingly challenging, due to the goals you're given. In Crashy Cats, players may, for instance, be asked to knock down five electronic items in a round, yet not seem to pass many. They're typically given three tasks, and some need to be completed more than once to eliminate these goals. Players will probably need to practice to master jumping to high areas, and things can take a turn for the worse quickly if they're not paying attention when they land. They may also have a hard time recovering from using some of the bonus abilities gained from special objects, such as a rainbow hoop that provides you with super speed. 

As a result, you may need to repeat a scene multiple times to successfully meet the criteria to advance to the next level. And what will keep you on your toes is that obstacles on a level are randomly generated. But when you’re stuck trying to complete goals and racing through the same scene over and over, it can feel repetitive. The ads that pop up between some rounds are another issue, because they start to feel a little invasive. Fortunately, you can close a number of them right away, which helps maintain the playing pace somewhat. At least the controls are sensitive enough to let you perform many of the necessary jumps -- but on smaller devices, such as phones, it's easy to tap too low on the screen and accidentally pause the game as you're trying to jump. If you can look past the ads, the control hiccups, or the repetitive gameplay, you might find some entertaining action as you cause chaos in Crashy Cats.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about working to achieving goals. Players are asked to meet certain coin, damage, and other objectives in Crashy Cats, but can you identify some steps to take that could help a real-world goal be reached?

  • How do you figure out how to do things without much hel?. What helps you determine what you need to do in a situation like that?

  • What new things have you tried recently that involved a learning curve? Why can learning from your mistakes be helpful?

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