I have no shame in admitting that if I had it my way, I would probably own no less than 10 cats which is odd considering growing up I had no love for them. I guess all it took was getting the right one and now I couldn’t live without the little fuzzballs. What made Gato Roboto immediately stick out to me is that you play as a normal everyday house cat named Kiki. What makes this normal kitty cool though? IT PILOTS A FREAKING MECH SUIT!! Doinksoft may be a newer studio, but they know how to get my attention real quick in Gato Roboto!
Gato Roboto does not have the most insane story on the planet. Kiki is riding with his master in the middle of space and they receive a distress signal from a nearby planet. As they are communicating with other people about it, they are pulled into the planet and crash land. Upon waking up from the crash, Kikis owner discovers he is trapped in the ship and sends Kiki out of the ship to try and figure out where they are and what they can do to leave as soon as they can, little do they know that the planet they have crashed on has its share of problems that Kiki bravely faces!
There is absolutely no denying that Gato Roboto is inspired by Metroid. WIthin about 10 minutes of playing, Kiki will find a suit which turns her into a badass Samus replica! You may find yourself in situations where Kiki can no longer make progress in her suit, so you may have to jump out of it. As just the adorable little fuzzball, any damage will kill you automatically, and you don’t want THAT on your conscience, right? She has the ability to run up walls and enter small corridors. Just because you may leave your mech suit behind, doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. As long as you can find a new Save Point, she will automatically be given a new suit.
Traversing around this planet can be a little tricky at first as you discover what your suit can and can’t handle. One thing it simply won’t go into is water. Don’t worry though considering Kiki can swim in water with no issues and there is a submarine that she can use as well that gives her firepower to fight enemies and open doors.
Like Metroid, the name of the game is exploration and discovering new weapons/abilities to progress past points in the game that were inaccessible before. Thankfully Gato Roboto isn’t as big as Zebes! The in-game map is perfect for seeing where you have gone in each area as well as if there are any unexplored areas of a map.
Gato Roboto was a very enjoyable little game. It is a blatant ripoff of Metroid, but that’s fine I suppose considering there are not any Metroid games currently on the Nintendo Switch. About the only complaint, I really have is that I wish there was a little more variety in the enemies, but even that is a minor complaint in the overall little quirky game about a cat becoming Samus Aran!
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*