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Cat Burglar

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Interactive cartoon has violence but no innovation (or fun).

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This latest installment in Netflix's interactive line up, sadly, feels less like a technological advance and more like a dumbing down. Viewers who were excited about previous interactive offerings like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch will be disappointed in the rudimentary level of interaction in Cat Burglar. The viewer has no influence on the choices the cat makes and can only continue the cat's journey by picking correctly from two possible trivia question answers. While fun the first few times, this soon becomes tiresome and the only thing the show has left to offer are gratuitously violent cartoon gags. Nobody over the age of 8 will find them very funny, yet this isn't a show for young kids. Violence aside, its clear the trivia portion also isn't for them. It's fast pace will frustrate kids that can't read quickly enough to beat the buzzer, and a lot of the subject matter is decidedly adult. Answers include things like "unchecked capitalism" and "the Crimean War." Too boring for adults and not well-suited to kids, Cat Burglar is a new type of time suck that lacks a well-suited target audience.

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