A chilled out puzzle game about rolling restless cats into bed in order to get them to sleep, Roll the Cat is a delightful experience which can get pretty tricky in its latter stages.
With 50 levels to beat, you’ll start off rolling a single cat into bed with minimal obstacles in your way. Gradually, the challenge ramps up until you’re rolling up to five cats, each into their own bed, through some deviously designed domestic environments.
The music is nicely downtempo and the painterly aesthetic is really nicely done; though this relaxed vibe is welcome, especially as you’re able to take on each puzzle at your own pace, the challenge can still be significant as you progress.
It’s not unlike classic box-shifting puzzlers that you’d see on 8-bit and 16-bit machines, albeit with a cosier ambience than those would normally have. Cutscenes are charming and display the lovely art style well; despite some frustration creeping in at times (my brain doesn’t seem to be wired for these sorts of puzzles once you reach the second half of the stages on offer), a one button reset and the fact that it’s so easy to pick up and play gives Roll the Cat an undeniably appealing vibe.
If you’re a cat person, you’re sure to enjoy rolling chonky cats to their beds; just prepare for the game to get its claws out as you progress!
Roll the Cat is available now on Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PS4/5.
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