Chinese Association of Idaho State University (CAISU)
Title: CAT Interstellar
Genre: Adventure, Indie
Release Date: 7 Oct, 2017
First of all: why does it say it was inspired by Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress? Apart from one insider joke, there is absolutely no connection with this story.
It's a short experience. Really short. Feels like a demo of a game that hasn't much content. That means it has almost no content.
The plus points are that it looks OK and it runs smoothly without technical glitches.
I can't say much more positive. The story is very thin. There is nothing I haven't seen in other games before.. Cat Interstellar drew me in by mentioning it was based off of a short story from Robert A Heinlein whose writing I enjoy. The developer was also a delight to deal with on the Steam forums trying to help out whenever they could with issues which is always good to see. I really wanted to like this game and in some ways I did but overall it had too many negatives to recommend it.
\t The gameplay itself is simple but enjoyable. You play as a Dog class android whose job it is to go down to Mars and investigate missing androids who got lost in some caves as well as optionally help out with other tasks to reveal more backstory. The gameplay is mainly completing tasks like navigating the evnvironment and turning on consoles. The intro to the game brings you to a hub area where you can choose which mission to play. You can play them in order or not. The game is not a long game. I finished the 5 missions in 52 minutes. The story is the real strength as well as a sore spot. I really liked where it was going and the potential of it but I feel it was not explored enough as well as the ending was really abrupt. It leaves many questions that our imaginations aren\u2019t given enough details to really fill in.
\tI played Cat Interstellar on Linux. I had many crashes when the game was trying to launch over the last several months. It worked fine when I first bought it but then started crashing a while later. I tried several different Linux distros with different kernels and Mesa drivers. Luckily the game started launching again recently so I decided to play through it while I could. The game never crashed once it launched. I quickly realized I couldn\u2019t have my 3 monitors plugged in for this game. If I did when the game launched I couldn\u2019t click on any of the menu buttons and several keys didn\u2019t work properly for the key mappings. For example \u201cW\u201d to move forward would spin me around. After unplugging my 3rd monitor and having just my main monitor and secondary plugged in the problem stopped. The game is locked to 60 FPS. There is an option for Vsync but it still only went to 60 FPS and I couldn\u2019t get it to go to 144 hz like my monitor supports. The game is fluid though as it\u2019s not a fast paced game. It ran at a constant 60 FPS for me aside from a couple moments in the caves where during a cave in it dropped to 48 FPS for a few seconds. Alt-Tab doesn\u2019t work. There are no manual save options but with the short length of the missions and game it\u2019s not really an issue. There are two settings for AA and two other graphics settings to adjust. The game uses the Unreal Engine 4.10 and takes up 6.31GB of disk space.
\tI think if the story was fleshed out more I would be able to give the game a higher score and recommend it. As it is the crashes, abrupt ending and general lack of polish keep me from doing so. The gameplay is decent, the story is interesting so there are good points to it\u2019s favor and there are enjoyable parts to it. I paid $5.49 CAD for Cat Interstellar and I feel it\u2019s a fair price for it. Had I not had the issues with it that I did than I would have said the $10 range would have been alright as well. This is not a bad game but one that couldn\u2019t realize it\u2019s potential.
My Score: 6.5\/10
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 19.0.4 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Manjaro 18.0.4 | Mate 1.22.1 | Kernel 5.1.1-2-MANJARO. I have no idea about what I just played. it looks great but what was it about? Only good part was the cute cat <3
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