Hello friends! Today, we will be looking at Claws of Furry by Terahard Studios. A game in which you play as Ninja Cat, who is out to save his Sensai Master Xhun from the evil dogs! Claws of Furry is a colourful beat ‘em up which is now available on PS4. So sharpen your claws, and we will jump in right meow!
Claws of Furry has a story that is all too familiar to fans of the sidescrolling beat ’em ups. The game opens with your character, Ninja Cat, who is about to complete his final test to be deemed a Ninja, and Master Xhun is kidnapped by dogs. You set out on an adventure to rescue him by beating your way through levels of Dogs, Crocs and Robots…oh my.
There are 3 ways of playing the game. Rogue mode is a one-life, no saves or respawns setup that sees you making your way through three levels and then the boss. You play through each stage in this manner. Every time you play, the levels change. Every playthrough will see you playing through a different set of stages out of the dozens available – which definitely gives Claws of Furry replayability. Playing this mode will be for the folks that are just there for the challenge considering there is no in-game reward for completing the game, nor are there any trophies associated with it. Pussycat mode is the same as Rogue mode, but it saves your progress as you clear each level.
Finally, there is Arena mode. This is made up of non-stop waves of enemies until the moment you die. It gets to be pretty tough, but if you have friends join in your game it will make the task easier. The only problem in Arena mode occurs when you have a screen full of enemies; visually, it is pretty busy and it becomes hard to focus.
When it comes to gameplay you are able to have four of your friends join you via local co-op. You simply go to your main hub in the game, which is a Dojo, and your friends can jump right in. The dojo is where you choose your game mode, as well as pick out different outfits to adorn your character. The Starter outfits offer no benefits. As you play the game, though, you will unlock new outfits that offer fantastic abilities such as charging your special ability extra fast as well as adding extra health to your pool. The tutorial at the start of the game covers most of the bases of battling your foes. You have a fast claw attack, an uppercut (which can be doubled up into a big hit), a ranged attack in the form of throwing fish, as well as a special attack that does some big damage. The special attack has its own bar that has to be charged by attacking foes.
Non-combat controls are limited to a decent double jump and an evasive roll that can be used to dodge most attacks. The jump has a decent window so that, in the heat of the moment, you can adjust your second jump to move away from enemies. One issue that I had was that the “hit window” can be not so favourable at times. Often, I felt like I was nowhere close to the enemy when they attacked, but I was hit anyway. When in a tight spot, even that roll will not save you.
Claws of Furry is a fun and colourful beat ‘em up on PlayStation 4 that, if you’re a fan of the genre, you should definitely check out. It’s not purrrfect, but it has its charm. The rogue mode will appeal to those who want that extra challenge, even if you’re not a fan of roguelikes, this one has something for you, thanks to its Pussycat mode, which gives you checkpoints and unlimited lives to still enjoy the game. I look forward to what Terahard Studios decides to do next.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*