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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a game that is built around the movie of the same name. The game uses scenes from the movie to advance the plot, but this is a puzzle-based platform game with more than 45 missions. The violence is mild, but there are boss battles that require some button mashing. The game targets players 6-years old and up, but older children might become bored while younger children may become frustrated during some of the main, more difficult boss battles.
What's it about?
In CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE, a dog named Diggs teams up with a cat named Catherine and a pigeon named Seamus to stop a plan by the evil cat mastermind Kitty Galore. Kitty Galore is using stolen technology to create a doomsday device that threatens not only animals but humans and the covert dog and cat agencies team up to thwart the end of the world. This puzzle-based platform game comes with more than 45 missions, though most of the missions revolve around the same concepts -- escort and obstacle courses -- with addtional item collection within each level.
Is it any good?
The game uses tried-and-true level designs, and while there are different mission types, there is a lot of repetition here. While not a bad game, there may be some frustrating moments and players over the age of 10 may find it slightly silly and boring. For the younger players, though, this is a decent enough adjunct to the movie. It's not an innovative use of the movie license, but the use of the scenes from the film may delight the targeted audience of younger children. Plus the item collection, while not necessary to moving on, is clearly displayed in each level so kids who like to find everything will have a reason to repeat a level if they so wish.
Talk to your kids about ...
Teamwork is a key element in this game and parents can talk about how different people have different abilities that, when combined, can make the team stronger as a whole. In any situation where teams are involved, from school projects to sports, different people bring different strengths and combining those are the keys to success.
Puzzle-solving is minor, but in order to collect all the items within a level, players will have to choose their paths carefully. Parents can talk to children about solutions to working through a level, and how -- in real life -- any problem can be solved with reason and by selecting the best course of action.
There is an opportunity, for those who have seen the movie, to discuss how the game and the film relate -- what is the same and what is different between the two?
Families can talk about tolerance, stereotypes, and acceptance of others who are different than you. Though it is not a prominent factor, the game relates the suspicion between the different species - cats, dogs and birds - and the main characters find a common ground and are able to work together. They even become friends.
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