Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Game Review: ChatChat

  ChatChat is a free online game about cats. It's a very simple game and I find it to be very fun. First off, the game does not have a plot. You can make it up yourself or just play the game without one. You start off as a cat of a random color, though the name is up to yourself. Placed in front of a house, you may be unsure what to do. However, the answer if simple: anything. It's up to you to live the life of a cat, as cats truly live. You venture around, checking out your surroundings, sleeping and stalking other cats.
   The game can be really boring or really fun, depending on how you play it. There are dogs in the game; if you get bitten by one, you turn into a dog yourself. You can choose to avoid dogs like mad, or to get bitten or offer a mouse at the dog shrine to become one yourself. If you choose to stay a cat, you can instead offer mice at the doorstep, which will rack up points. These points are a lot like Who's Line is it Anyways' points. They're useless but fun to get. Dashing in between dogs to get mice and gain points is my personal favorite way to play, especially when there are dogs playing along.

   The art of this game is very simple. The pixeling doesn't have a lot of variety or detail, but it gets the point across. The cat sprites are very cute, much like their real counterparts. You get a few different emotes as a cat- sleeping, screeching, meowing, and purring. You don't get to do more than be a cat while you're in ChatChat. It makes plenty of sense that way and the instructions are clear: Be a cat.
   MMOs don't get much simpler than this one. You don't have to pay to play it, and you don't have to be any good at games. You can just jump right in and create your own fun.  There's even a piano room for musicians, if you can find it.

My ratings?
Art: 7/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Entertainment: 7/10
Overall: 8/10

I have to admit that I'm really fond of this game. It's simple and it is relevant to my interests. And I absolutely adore the /screech command. One of my favorite MMOs out there.