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Catmaze Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET the title “Catmaze” invokes in your mind, I want you to put it aside. Catmaze is one of the best uses of an established mythology I’ve seen in a video game, with one of the best uses of Metroidvania tropes available. While this game does get more difficult as you progress, it provides generous options to help keep it accessible. It’s pretty rare for me to come across a game that I could recommend to just about anyone, but Catmaze is truly one of those games. uses Slavic mythology as inspiration in the creation of authentic characters who are placed in an intriguing world and engaging in relatable struggles. The story presentation and pacing is completely spot-on. As the game opens, Alesta the Protagonist and her supporting cast are quickly cast into a series of conflicts that grip the player’s attention and never lets it go. The mythology creates situations that are sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious while still staying true-to-life and therefore endearing. Best of all, contrary to the Metroidvania Genre’s usual despondent atmosphere with dark and often gothic themes, Catmaze remains optimistic and uplifting even in the light of the tragedies that set off the hero’s journey.TOP/BEST ADULT VIDEO GAMES IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

Catmaze Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Catmaze Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

This game is translated from Russian, so there is an occasional awkward word choice – for instance Alesta calls another character a “Silly Goosie” after he performs an act of dangerous heroism. But in my opinion that kind of thing only adds to the sense of character authenticity. The Metroidvania map compliments this story perfectly. You get a terrific feeling of adventure as you explore its grandiose caverns, forests, and mystical corridors; seeking for power-ups but also discovering equally rewarding interactions with people in trouble. The map is huge and you’re given almost complete freedom to explore it. There is some gating involved with the story points, but in a lot of cases it’s merely an illusionary gate, leaving the game open to sequence breaking. The treasures I found from my wanderings were almost never disappointing, especially since the game gently encourages you to find upgrades by making the enemies in each new area have a substantial increase in power. If you remain vigilant though, the frustration that those power increases might create is mitigated by your own equal increase in power. (It’s also fun to completely trash earlier areas as you level beyond their challenges.

Fascinating battles with bosses, who have come from Slavic tales and tell us their unique history.

these challenges, the enemies telegraph their attacks well, and virtually all of the bosses are a good challenging test of your skills. Alesta’s familiar attacks take some getting used to, and there are a few areas that are slightly plagued with enemy spam, with a couple of “Variety” sections that I thought were a bit excessive. But even if the game’s difficulty becomes too much for you, you have an NPC “Aunt” that’s willing to sell you defense and attack potions that handily mitigate the difficulty for players willing to use them. I think even a low level run is certainly possible. The game isn’t without a few nitpicks however. While the music is whimsical and always appropriate, the sound effects feel a little bit lacking. The combat is relatively consistent and well-done, but it lacks the crunchy feeling that games like Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight have (And I suspect that some tweaks to the sound design would help with this.) There was also a puzzle or two that, at least in my play through, the physics were a bit persnickety, forcing me to repeat it multiple times even though the solution had already become clear to me. None of these things detract from this game being absolutely great, but they are representative of room for improvement.Little Orpheus

Catmaze Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Catmaze Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Similar to its Castlevania inspirations, the Catmaze’s greatest strength is in its large open world; exploring to find wonders and surprises. In terms of story-telling, Catmaze is one of the best I’ve found in this genre. If you’re a fan of either well-told fantasy tales or Metroidvanias, buy this game. It’s not entirely a complaint. There are an awful lot of Metroidvanias that Catmaze can claim to be better than, and it’s a genre that clearly has its fans. If you like Metroidvanias, there is a guarantee that Catmaze will offer at least some degree of enjoyment. But it’s still the back-handed compliment that we intended it to be. While it’s unrivalled in its competence, it also didn’t really do much for us. It’s fine. It occupied us for a few evenings. These are hardly statements that Ratalaika will be slapping on their posters. Catmaze starts with the main character, Alesta, becoming acutely aware that her mother is not well. You’re both sorceresses, but you don’t have a spell or potion in the pantry for this kind of illness. So, you’re wandering through forests, caves and the lands of the dead to retrieve a cure that can return your mum to normalcy. There’s a faint, interesting Slavic-ness to the story and mythologies that are drawn on here.

Elements of role-playing games, allowing you to customize the characteristics of Alesta to your individual style of playing.

There are occasional mentions of Domovois and other fantastical beings, but we’d have taken some thicker brushstrokes. If it leaned into its Slavic folklore a little more, rather than some generic ghosts, ghouls and mushrooms, then Catmaze would have had more of an unique voice. This setup underpins some conventional action-platforming. Initially, you can jump and perform a kind of dash-attack, but that gets layered on with double-jumping and even some cat-riding. The world is broken up into a series of rooms, as you would expect from a Castlevania or a Metroid, and those rooms develop into a sprawling map. Some rooms are blocked from you, as you don’t have the requisite ability to get past a wall, dark room or stacked blocks. So, you’re hunting for the direction in which Catmaze wants you to progress. Which, as it happens, is harder than it really should be. Someone at Redblack Spade, developers of Catmaze, clearly thinks that modern games are too handholdy, and attempts to be as opaque as possible. That might be ambrosia to the ears for some, but it went too far for our tastes. Gain a new ability, and it won’t necessarily tell you what it does.PUSS! 

Catmaze Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

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Is there any reason why that has to be held back? Bosses will vaguely hint that you don’t have the right ability, but not which, and maps have the occasional exclamation mark to denote a blocked area, but there’s no distinguishing between them, and they don’t appear consistently anyway. Which gets knotty when Catmaze is so sprawling. You might have unlocked an ability that has a use on a far-flung corner of the map, but actually getting there is a bit of a trudge. You soon get the ability to travel to cat-fountains that act as save points and life refreshers, but they are few and far between, so you will spend more time hiking, just generally walking places, than you might like. When the game isn’t forthcoming about where things are, it can often mean you have made a trip without actually needing to. We lost count of the times that we traveled somewhere, only to find that we didn’t need to be there yet. It makes the opening two or three hours of Catmaze a bit intolerable, if we’re being honest. But once the mental map kicks in, and Catmaze stops being so intensely unapproachable, Catmaze becomes entirely fine. Good.

Ancient tales come to life in a large open labyrinth of gloomy marshes, Slavic villages and centuries-old forests.

Not at all bad. Bosses sporadically block your way, and they are suitably large and impressive, with rotations of attacks that take some memorising and navigating. They are more bullet spongey than we would personally like, but they do a strong job of punctuating the gameplay. The levels themselves, too, are varied, with plenty of landmarks to help with that mental map. Again, we’d have taken more in the way of secrets and collectibles – Catmaze has an odd habit of tucking vital items in secret walls, but not much else – but the level design has our thumbs up. And there’s a robust cuteness about the events in Catmaze. Cats potter offscreen, giving you a hint of where to go next. Colourful characters goad you on, giving you lightweight quests, or offering goods for cash. Many of them have their own stories, completely missable and optional. But we’d say they are Catmaze’s finest moments, and the best ending comes from completing them all, so there’s no real excuse for missing them. Unless you are bored. Or just a touch underwhelmed.Catmaze. A very solid Metroidvania that is mostly forgettable. This is mostly because the mechanics, puzzles, map and sidequests are all things we’ve seen before in the genre.

The way the girl attacks is by using a familiar. The familiar mechanic works quite well, allowing you to switch weapons depending on the situation. Unfortunately most familiars are really bad and you’ll end up only using 2 of them for the majority of the game. Other than that, the game is mostly just exploring, defeating bosses and unlocking items so you can explore more. There are some gimmick minigames involving riding a wolf or flying with a broom, which are all quite fun. The main storyline does not have too much to offer, but some bosses are fun enough. This game is very easy to 100% since some areas on your map will be marked near the end if you missed them. Very nice. Finally, the music is quite enjoyable and the difficulty balance is perfect, so it’s good enough to keep you entertained for a short while (6-8 hours I’d say, depending on whether you want 100% or not). I’d recommend you buy this (maybe wait for a sale) if you like the Metroidvania genre. Catmaze is a very true and accurately labeled metroidvania-style platformer that simply fits the genre much better than many I have seen with the same label.

Catmaze Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Catmaze Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

I like a lot about it after playing through my single bad ending, which I will get into in a bit, but without any spoilage, as far as I can say from what I have played, it is really a great game. There are some flaws, and some things I dislike about it as well. I’ll get into both momentarily, but I do wish to mention once more that this was a really nice, almost reminiscent experience. I cannot really say why, but it reminded me a bit of something from another time, in a nice sort of way.  This is done right. It’s done with what feels like heart and soul. I am very delighted I was able to complete the story of a very complete game! The fantasy elements are also enjoyable in this game. I was happy to see some things I recognized in mythology appear, as well as a few things I was not aware of. The addition of various things that are of historical legend, myth, or lore significance is nice to see while I play. There were plenty of varied areas and environments to traverse through as you play and open/explore more of the map. I enjoyed going around, and to a degree, back-and-forthing, though it is not the most fun thing in the world to do either. Still good for one of this genre! Luckily, transport was revealed fairly early on, so this wasn’t something you had to run your way through often, since points opened frequently as you go along to new areas of the map.RPG Time: The Legend of Wright

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