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Humankind has fallen. The time of THE BATTLE CATS is here! Command an army of weirdly cute Cats and rampage across the world!
Hundreds of unique Cat units to collect and develop! Learn to play in seconds, then enjoy hours of deep strategy!
★Super Simple Battle SystemJust tap on the Cat you want to fight for you! Oh, and maybe you want to fire the Cat Cannon once or twice. Take down the enemy base!
★Super Simple Levelling SystemUse the XP you get from clearing stages to level up the Cats! Once they hit level 10, it’s evolution time!!
★Super Simple! The Battle CatsCollect the treasures while you take over the world!
Draw new rare and exotic Cats(?) !!
Fight really weird and interesting enemies!
… BUT WAIT the Special Cats are even weirder.
The Battle Cats is a free-to-play tower defense game developed by PONOS Corporation for iOS and Android mobile devices which first emerged in Japan under the name Nyanko Daisensou (meaning “The Great Neko War”). The Battle Cats premiered on the Japanese iOS App Store in November 2011 under the name of “Battle Nekos”, with Android support following in December of that same year. It has sustained immense popularity in Japan and Korea, with an English version briefly appearing on the English-language iTunes/Google Play stores in 2012. But it later was deleted in both the US Google Play Stores and App Store. An improved version of this game was later released on September 17, 2017. A PC port release was available for download until late 2018, when PONOS Corporation cut support for it.
The Battle Cats is a tower defense game where the player selects a team of cats to fighting enemies in multiple settings. The gameplay involves sending a wide roster of cats out onto a 2D battlefield in order to defend a base equipped with cannon, which is referred to as the “cat base”. The cannon is by default a laser cannon but can be developed in order to obtain different effects such as freeze, slow, etc.
The cats are the protagonists the player deploys throughout the game. The cats are all unique in their own sense, design, and ability. Many cats may not look like a typical cat or are characters earned in collaboration with other games. The cats can be upgraded with XP to initially level up to the level cap of 10 and the player can eventually increase the cap to 20 for normal cats, and 40 for other cats. All the cats change appearance and gain abilities after being upgraded to certain levels. The cats are divided into six categories: Normal, Special, Rare, Super Rare, Uber Super Rare (commonly shortened to Uber Rare or just Uber), and Legend Rare. The Battle Cats frequently has events where players can earn cats called collaboration units. The nine normal cats are the first cats available and are the easiest to upgrade. They have a max pay-to-upgrade level of 20 but can be increased with cat capsules. After upgrading to level 30, the player can evolve the cat into what is called true form. The special cats are the second type of cat unlocked. They can either be unlocked by certain stages or be bought by cat food, the special currency of the game. The Rare to Uber cats can be unlocked with a rare cat capsule, which requires golden or platinum tickets to operate, or to be unlocked in special stages. They are expensive to upgrade (with the Ubers requiring XP in the millions for the final levels) but are usually more powerful than the normal cats (not to mention “crazed” cats and “manic” cats, which are immensely buffed versions of the normal cats in the Super Rare Tier).
Fighting in battle requires energy, which slowly regenerates over time. Every one minute, 1 (one) energy is recovered (the energy recovery rate can be sped up with treasures, up to 1 energy every 30 seconds). The app requires an internet connection in order for energy to update. Max energy can be raised with upgrades. The player can bring items into the battle that assist such as “Sniper Cat,” a tool that pushes enemies back from the base, and “Cat CPU,” a tool that automatically that deploys cats as soon as money is available. Some of the stages have special rules, like “Special and Rare Cats only”. The battle takes place on a 2D plane with the players base on the right, and the enemy base on the left. The player gains a steady stream of money, which can be spent to either deploy cats or to upgrade the money production. Deploying cats requires a cool down, which can be reduced by upgrades. The battle ends when one of the bases is destroyed. Winning the battle gives the player a chance to get a treasure, which is in the main story chapters (1-7). Collecting all of them can buff cats’ abilities and can also enhance other game mechanics, such as decreased energy recharge time. There are three levels of treasure: Inferior, normal, and superior, with an inferior treasure being the weakest and superior treasure being the strongest. Players can replay stages in order to get all the treasures. Players can also use a Treasure Radar to have a 100% chance to get a superior treasure if they complete the battle.
There is a huge roster of enemies all of different stats and types, with more being added with each new update. Certain types of enemies can have advantages over others. For example, while all the non-white enemies have higher stats than their white counterparts, black and angel enemies have higher speeds and knockback counts, while zombie enemies can burrow past cats and can revive themselves a limited number of times. While it now seems like the enemy has an unfair advantage, everything’s fine as certain cats have advantages over certain types of enemy. For example, Weightlifter Cat is a massive damage anti-black enemy, which means that he inflicts massive damage against black enemies (while the damage is less for non-black enemies).
There are 3 main story chapters: Empire of Cats, Into the Future, and Cats of the Cosmos
The game’s plot starts off with the Battle Cats suddenly taking over Earth, country by country, ending with the Moon itself being claimed. The enemies fight back three times, being led by The Face, Dark Emperor Nyandam, and Teacher Bun Bun, respectively, but they are ultimately defeated and two important Cats, Valkyrie Cat and Bahamut Cat join the army. However, as they were just Cats, they didn’t know what to do with the planet, so they handed it back over to the humans with minor changes. The Battle Cats then decide to create a time machine, which gives them access to both the past (Stories of Legend) and the future. In the year 20XX, Aliens come from space and seize control of all of Earth, forcing the Battle Cats to reclaim the planet again, in the same way, ending with the Moon. Once again, the enemies fight for control of Earth three times, this time being led by Cli-One, Corrupted Valkyrie, and Raging Bahamut. When they are defeated, Holy Valkyrie Cat and Awakened Bahamut are unlocked. At last, the Battle Cats create a rocket to take them far into space. This time, they take control of entire planets, stars, systems, constellations, and even galaxies with every round. Their space trip ends when The Cat God himself challenges the Cats, in three different forms. When the entire universe belongs to the Battle Cats, they continue on in the Stories of Legend, which continue onto the Uncanny Legends when somebody accidentally sends them through time with a broken machine.
It was released for Nintendo 3DS under the name of The Battle Cats POP! (often abbreviated to BCP) on June 27, 2016, and was later released on Nintendo Switch in December 2018.
The Battle Cats POP! received generally positive reviews. CJ Andriessen of Destructoid gave the game a 7 out of 10 and wrote: “The Battle Cats POP! is a game that’s as fun as it is weird. When it’s not putting you in time out with the energy meter, it can be addictive, like Pokémon. Too much of its free-to-play roots are still present, but even with those elements it’s still a worthwhile time killer.” Matt S. of Digitally Downloaded gave 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote: “Ultimately what sets Battle Cats apart from the many (many) similar games of similar depth and strategy is that hugely creative edge. This game gets to be the distinctive and memorable example of the genre because the artists had the sense to do something that makes no sense, but we end up looking forward to each new level just to see the insanity that it brings. That, right there, is good design principles for mobile gaming, and it translates across to the 3DS perfectly.”
Battle Cats Rangers
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On April 27, 2017, Battle Cats Rangers, a spinoff game developed by MEMORY Inc and published by MEMORY Inc, PONOS Corp, and YD Online Corp, was released. The game is completely different than the original; It is a clicker/idle game rather than a 2D tower defense. The main gameplay involves tapping the screen to attack enemies that endlessly stream towards your team. You don’t take any damage from enemies and there is no time limit to defeat them, except when fighting bosses which you will only have 30 seconds to defeat them. If you are unable to, you are kicked back to the previous enemy and farm until you level up enough to challenge the boss again. As you collect more in-game currency, you unlock Normal Cats from the original game, which improve your tapping power and give special perks. You also unlock “Teammate Cats”, which do damage to enemies without you having to tap.. Cat Combos may be unlocked and used by selecting certain cats, which gives certain bonuses to your team. There are treasures to collect which give your cats damage multipliers and other small bonuses. These treasures are gained through “Prestige”, which resets your game. Cat Food is a special currency which you can use to purchase boosts for small periods of time or special cats. There is a daily bonus of Cat Food, and there are many opportunities to watch ads in order to earn Cat Food or coins as well.