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By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clever cat climbing game set in futuristic city.

Stray Video Game

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age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 7+

Dystopian adventure game, starring a cat.

I just finished the game and had a blast. I was in part evaluating the game for my step-daughter who is an avid cat lover. My wife was a little concerned about some of the instances where the cat gets briefly injured, but it’s back on its feet in no time. So aside from a little tugging at the heartstrings as the cat limps for a minute or two, it’s fine. The story does get a little dark mid-to-late game. There’s some possibly scary environments that you make your way through. As well as some light “combat” and stealth gameplay. But nothing that would be out of place in a PG Disney movie, so I feel that it’s appropriate for the kids. There are a few scenarios where the cat can die, but it’s just the screen going red before a quick reload from the auto save. There’s no blood or gruesome imagery. The gameplay and puzzles can potentially be frustrating. There’s some light hints in-game (via the robot/drone companion), but you’re often left to figure things out on your own. Some objectives aren’t very clear and rarely the controls can feel a little awkward. There are a lot of contextual clues however and it helps to remember that you’re small and nimble. Optional side quests can be time consuming, but do reward adorable little badges for your cat’s harness in-game. Some of the trophies/achievements are quite challenging. The “memories” for your drone companion can be fairly well hidden and provide plot points. So if those are missed, some of the story is left vague. All in all, I think it’s a great game and with small studio expectations, I was very impressed. I spent about 6-7 hours during my play through and still missed a few things. You are able to go back and replay the various chapters of the game to pick up the things you missed or just replay part of the game that you enjoyed.

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Easy to play/use
7 people found this helpful.
age 8+

Rated PG (mild threat, fantasy violence).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are moments of mild threat throughout the game, mainly when blob-like enemies chase and attack your cat character. There is also some mild fantasy violence, such as when the blob-like enemies jump onto your cat character, the screen slowly turns red indicating that it is being harmed, as well as moments where your character can eliminate enemies by shining a light on them, causing them to explode into dark liquid. | OTHER ISSUES - None. | RATED "PG" - Parental Guidance, some moments may be unsuitable for young children. Contains content generally suitable for children aged 8 years and over.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Though it becomes less interesting as it becomes more involved, this cat exploration game still manages to be clever and compelling. In Stray, a cat is separated from their family, and must make their way through a largely abandoned city to get home. To do this, not only do you (as cat) have to jump from ledge to ledge, and onto beams that might then move into more convenient positions (thanks, inertia), but getting around this intricate urban environment also requires you to solve clever situational puzzles in cat-like ways. For instance, you might knock over a board to create a bridge, or knock a can into a skylight or exhaust fan so that you can make your way inside. The kicker being that this city is in the future, and while there are no humans (or other cats), there are lots of hat-wearing robots, including a drone-like one who follows you around and helps you out.

The thing is, neither the cat nor this game needs that drone's help, and even after it gets involved (about an hour in), this clever title gets relatively less compelling. While exploration is still paramount, and inventive, and the drone's door-hacking ability can be used to trick and trap some blobby creatures that really hate cats, the game also has you doing such un-cat-like things as searching for the combination to a safe. The drone explains why the city and its robotic residents are the way they are, but this worked better when we were as oblivious as the cat. Which isn't to say the drone ruins this game, not at all -- the puzzles are engaging, especially where the cat-hating blobs are concerned -- and the bulk of this game is still about you, as a cat, figuring out how to navigate the city. But it's hard not to see how Stray would've worked better if it had lived up to its name.

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