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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Battle Cats is a simple, cartoony, and cutesy battle game for iOS and Android devices. As such, it doesn't really have much in the way of questionable content, save for a couple of sexy cats, including a couple into bondage who get tied up and one that wears panties but can swap them for a fig leaf or a well-positioned lollipop. While your attack cats do use their teeth and some weapons to vanquish their enemies, there's no blood, gore, or dismemberment. Players can use real-world money to buy different kinds of attack cats, weapons for the cats' bases, and stat boosts, as well as packs that have special cats, cat food, and bonus experience points.
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What's it about?
In THE BATTLE CATS, felines have taken over the world. As a cat person, you get to help the furballs fight off dogs, snakes, stick figure people, and other enemies as you march your way to world dominance in this simplistic battle game. While you have to attack rival cats and their strange armies in bases around the world, you also have to fend off incoming attacks from rival cats. Successfully doing so will earn you experience, which can be used to evolve your animals.
Is it any good?
While most strategic battle games require intelligence and careful planning, this cute, cartoony tactical battle game keeps things simple ... and adorable. In The Battle Cats, you have to help your furry friends take over the world, while deflecting incoming attacks from dogs, snakes, and stick figure people. To do this, you simply have to wait until your money meter fills up and the time meter runs down, so you can send an attack cat into battle. Once deployed, they automatically fight any incoming enemies and their bases until one side is destroyed. When you have the money, you can also upgrade your troops or, by waiting for the right moment, use one of your base's weapons.
All of this plays out in the kind of cute and cartoony glory you'd expect from a game where you send cats to do your bidding. The thing is, if you're looking for a true test of your strategic abilities -- you know, in preparation for the cat-pocalypse we all know is coming -- this game won't turn you into General Mills, let alone General MacArthur. It's not that deep or tactical. It's also odd that, after you've played a while, you can get some rather racy cats that aren't kid-friendly, including a couple who enjoy being tied up, bondage-style. To be honest, they don't add much in terms of the gameplay; they're odd visual or character quirks that don't impact the on-screen action. But if you love cute, cartoony cats, and want them to take over the world, The Battle Cats should keep you entertained.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it matter that this game has you battling cartoony dogs and snakes, as well as people who are just stick figures? Why do you think that is?
Do you think you'd feel differently about this game if everything wasn't cute and cartoony, but was more realistic looking?
Is there a reason to spend a lot of money on this game when you can just earn in-game currency? What about to help support the people who made the game?
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