Catlateral Damage

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Mischief in cat simulator fun but becomes boring fast.

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Positive Messages

Entire game is about a cat knocking things off shelves -- no deeper statements here. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No characters in game, only a cat's arm.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Destruction of environment by cat paw, but cartoonishly handled.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Catlateral Damage is a downloadable simulator of cat behavior in a home. There isn't a lengthy story, involved characters, or plot. As the name somewhat suggests, it's about being a cat and causing "damage" to different environments. Violence is limited to destruction caused by the cat's paws, which appears to be cartoonish.

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What's it about?

CATLATERAL DAMAGE actually has no plot at all: You play as a tiny feline who has been either abandoned in different environments or just been left alone long enough during the day to wreak some havoc. All you do, really, is hop on shelves and different platforms to knock things down onto the ground to score points and move to the next area.

Is it any good?

For what it is, this feline simulator is very good though somewhat simple with its gameplay. You race against the clock in different environments -- a museum, a supermarket, a bathroom, a living room during Christmas -- to knock various items off shelves onto the floor. This will likely fare better with younger kids than adults, as the bright colors and jazzy, bouncy music are meant to impart a cartoony atmosphere. In all, it should take a few hours to "complete" the game, though no new wrinkles are ever introduced.

So, there's certainly something to be said for its simplicity, and it should tell you straightaway whether it's right for your child to play. There's nothing objectionable going on here, and no characters even. The difficulty lies in positioning to hop from chairs to shelves to cabinets, but as soon as you're up there, you button-mash to swipe, swipe, swipe things from up there to come crashing down to the floor. It's this over and over again and nothing more. Chances are, if you or someone you know might find this appealing -- you would be right. But don't expect anything complex or more involved, as you won't find it here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why we have pets. Why is it normal or OK to keep some types of animals in our homes but not others?

  • Why do cats and dogs get so destructive around the places they call their homes? Why are there are only certain ways they act protectively of property?

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