iPhone Game Review: Meow Meow Happy Fight
Reviewed by SpaZtrigger
This is no minigore and there are no zombies, this is about a gigantic happy cat from the future where everything is just too happy. With him he brings happiness and of course destruction. In Meow Meow Happy Fight you can play up to 15 characters (each with their own unique ability) in order to bring destruction. Fun!
In a good ole whacky tongue in cheek style Japanese style, Meow Meow Happy Fight drops you in a modern day Tokyo surrounded by neon lights. All you have to do is to use your dual-stick shooter skills to mow down as many people as you can. You get two gameplay moes in Meow Meow Happy Fight, the Arcade mode and the Happy mode, and each mode offers 12 levels. In arcade mode you battle a bunch of CPUs and try to get the most kills. The more people you kill the more happy points you get, and you also unlock new levels. After beating arcade mode you unlock happy mode. Happy mode is where you must collect special items that appear after you kill a character. The first player that reaches the amount specified wins and you have 12 levels to do that in.
To make things more fun and interesting, you can collect 12 power-ups in both Happy and Arcade mode. Game designer has some great ideas for power-ups and as a player, you enjoy that fruition. All power-ups are great items and equally precious. These include healing items, happy point booster, invisibility, attack items like Quad Damage and special weapons. The only hiccup here is that you only unlock one out of the 12 for each level you beat. Also, the developer has submitted an update that includes 6 new levels and some other goodies. Can?t wait!
Like in other dual-stick shooters such as Minigore, Meow Meow Happy Fight offers 15 different characters to rampage Tokyo with. But you don?t get them all in the beginning. The game starts you off with only 2 very weak characters. Using one of them you get to fight a bunch of people in either arcade or happy mode. When you defeat someone you get happy points. Happy points are basically money with which you use to buy new characters. Each of the 15 characters has their own stats and special powers in attack, defense and speed. This not only adds a heavy load of extra gameplay, but also keeps things fresh for the player. We hear that the developer has a new update in the works with 3 new characters to come!
The graphics in Meow Meow Happy Fight is absolutely stunning. You can tell that the developer put a lot of time into the graphics with lots of attention paid to details. The neon lights help create modern day Tokyo environment in a cartoon-ish world and the colored rectangles bullets look radiant. The enemies and characters are designed perfectly to fit the theme of the game. Never in my life did I think that a cup of ramen could look so good! The graphics alone is probably worth $5. It's unique, doesn't appear to rip-off any games. To sum it up, the graphics are gorgeous, perfect, awe inspiring, and then some.
In this dual stick shooter, you get 2 virtual joysticks. The one on the left is to move your character and the one on the right is to shoot. The controls are simple and very easy to use. If you want to concentrate on moving around instead of shooting you can select the auto-aim option. So far we?ve encountered no bugs or glitches.
Meow Meow Happy Fight is great in almost every aspect and that also includes the music. The title screen music sounds very epic with a bit of a jazzy feel to it. In the midst of mayhem, the music keeps a low key, relaxing and happy mode. Like the game it conveys an irony: when we get too happy we go out and start shooting. And best of all the music doesn't get repetitive. If your style is playing games with your own sound tracks, then you have an option to play your own music.
Meow Meow Happy Fight takes the cake in original design with highly stylish graphics, game design and audio package in an increasingly popular dual-stick shooter genre. The game is super fun to play and everything is tight and fits in with each other. With 15 characters to play in 24 levels, and more on the way, the game has a heavy gameplay and plenty of replay value. It?s an instant buy in our book, not to mention it costs only a buck.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: - 5 - Very unique in it's own way, gorgeous looking.
Sound: - 5 - Very fitting sound and polished, option to play your own music.
Controls: - 5 - Easy to use dual-stick controls, no glitches.
Gameplay: - 5 - Fun, addictive and lots of it.
Playing Hints and Tips:
- If you don't want to lose life then pick a speedy character, so that nobody can hit you and you can get to power ups faster.
- The more people you kill, the more happy points you earn. So get a really strong character and return to easy levels and repeatedly kill the weak foes to get happy points.
Developer: Big Pixel Studios
Release Date: Aug 5, 2010
Buy App: Meow Meow Happy Fight
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