The world’s greatest game from the POV of a cat in a post-apocalyptic world where all known humans have been exterminated.
Let’s get this out of the way first. I’m sure, like me, as soon as you saw “you can play as a cat” you threw your money at your screen and immediately bought it. But Stray is a more than a #cat game. Stray is a journey. And to properly lead you into that journey we may uncover a few very minor spoilers. So, if you want to avoid any spoilers, TL:DR. This is a Must Play. No doubt about it.
As stated before, Stray is an adventure game where you play as a cat in a post-apocalyptic world where all known humans have been wiped out. Your cat lived outside the walls of a human city that was totally enclosed in a dome due to a… let’s say…. an advanced, man-made, biological entity that wiped out human life. Through a series of unfortunate events, your cat must make its way through the city to return to the outside world, where the rest of your cat buddies await you.
Your journey through the city is anything but safe. You hop, skip, and meow your way through #puzzles only fit for a cat who is being controlled by a human playing a video game. Which kind of takes me out of it a little bit. If I were to recreate the puzzles in real life for my cat, Pixel, he would look at me like I’m crazy, bite my leg, and then take a nap on my favorite spot on the couch. But if you can suspend your beliefs for the 6 or so hours it takes to finish the game, then the puzzles are great. It requires you to think, albeit sometimes to think like a cat.
The city and the areas you visit are beautiful, well crafted, and perfect for a cat to climb on, scratch up, and knock everything down to be a general nuisance. The models are well crafted, the world is filled with “life”, everything looks like it has a purpose, which, most of it does. The cat moves like a cat and the robots like… well... robots. The team at BlueTwelve Studio did an amazing job with this game. The #story is in depth, meaningful, and is worth listening to. The puzzles aren’t too tough to turn people away, but fun enough to keep you entertained. Stray is easily worth the $30 price tag and in my opinion, worth waay more.
Our rating: MUST PLAY!
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