Stray Gameplay Review: A Meowcellent Game!

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Since it was first introduced in 2020 ago, Stray gameplay has become one of the most awaited games. After experiencing several delays, this game was finally released to the market on Tuesday, 19th of July.

The enthusiasm of game fans is also very high in welcoming this game. Since the footage that Annapurna Interactives displays as the publisher of this game, not only grabs the attention of game players but also cat lovers.

This game adopts a cat as the main character, and acts like a cat in general. Starting from jumping to various high places, to interacting with other cats you can do in this game.

Launching the official Playstation blog, Bluetwelve Studio as the developer of this game really consists of a group of people who really like cats. They have two cats in their studio named Oscar and Jun. The interaction of the two furry animals with various objects in their office is the basis of inspiration for every interaction and movement that you find in this game.

Curious about how thick the cat is in this game? Check out the following review first as a reference before you decide to buy this game!

Stray Gameplay Review

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Two thumbs to BlueTwelve Studio, the developer of this game. The French company is able to provide a very complete experience of being a cat!

All interactions that the cat does in this game, are similar to what a cat often does at home. Starting from scratching carpets or trees, licking other cats, leaning on a human leg (which in this game is formed in a humanoid robot), to stepping before jumping is really similar to a cat in the real world.

Then when the cat steps on the keyboard, the computer screen will display the letters that the cat stepped on. Not only that, the response the cat had when she put on her clothes for the first time was also very similar to a cat in the real world.

When the cat first puts on clothes, the cat will be a little rebellious and a little difficult to walk. It took a little while for the cat to adjust before he was able to walk normally.

Even so that you can actually become a cat, Bluetwelve Studios has prepared a special button for meowing. In this game, the O button on the Playstation is specifically used to make a cat meowing sound. If you meow when you’re with another cat, the other cat will meow back at you. Truly an adorable sight, if you are a cat lover.

Stray Gameplay Presents A Simple Yet Memorable Story

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The assumption that this game is a funny and cute game about cats, immediately disappears shortly after you start the story of this game. Initially you are introduced as a cat, and can do the things above. But not long after that, you should see the scene when the cat must be separated from his friends.

He was separated from the crowd, after he failed to jump over a pipe. The cat falls and is trapped in an underground city, which is inhabited by robots and a creature of the type Zurks. The creature is an evolutionary form of a bacterium, which has now transformed into a beast that can eat everything.

The cat must befriend the robots, to save them from the Zurks attack. In addition, the cat also needs help from robots named B-12, to get out of the underground city and reunite with his friends.

Various cutscenes in this game are also well worked out. You really feel sad when the cat falls, and is separated from the pack. Especially when the cat has to walk with a limp after a fall, you will feel very touched and sympathize with the cat.

Excellent Dualsense implementation on Stray Gameplay

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If you play this game on a PS5 controller, then you will get a different sensation when playing this game. BlueTwelve Studio seems to really take advantage of all the features that Dualsense has.

For example, when the cat is sleeping, Dualsense will vibrate in rhythm with the time when the cat is purring. Then when the cat is scratching the carpet or sofa, the haptic feedback feature from Dualsense will work immediately.

You will feel the R2 and L2 buttons in Dualsense, it becomes very difficult for you to press. This is of course in line with how the cat feels. When the cat is scratching the sofa or carpet, of course the surface of the two objects feels heavy to scratch at first. But the longer you scratch the sofa or carpet, the R2 and L2 buttons will become easier for you to press.

Simple Gameplay

It seems that BlueTwelve Studios is really targeting people who love cats, to try playing this game. If you are used to playing action-adventure and puzzle solving themed games, Stray ‘s gameplay is too simple.

Roughly you don’t need qualified skills to be able to play this game. The puzzles that this game offers also don’t take long for you to solve. The majority of the various obstacles contained in this game, just need to find a way to jump from one place to be able to reach another place.

Besides that, you also can’t jump freely, because Bluetwelve Studio only limits you from being able to jump to certain places. This means that there are places the cat should be able to reach, but you can’t reach in this game.

Indeed, when entering the final part of the game, there is a stealth element that BlueTwelve Studio added. But again after understanding the enemy’s movement patterns, you can pass the level easily.

When you face a group of Zurks, the cat is also fairly unlikely to give up resistance. He only relies on his speed to run to avoid the pursuit of Zurks, or use various surrounding objects to trap Zurks. Weapon elements to defeat the Zurks, even only given in one chapter and you can’t take it any further.

This game is also fairly short. To be able to complete this game, you only need about 4 to 6 hours. And even then with a relaxed playing record, with some of the time spent exploring the world in this game.

You will not find any mechanics to fight in this game. For some fans of games that are full of action and adventure, maybe this will make you a little disappointed.

On the other hand, this is what makes Stray a special game. The cat’s tendency to avoid conflict is illustrated in this game. This game offers the experience of being a cat, without losing the elements of realism in it.

Overall, you must play this game if you are a cat lover. The various things that the cat does in this game, will remind you of the cat you have.

In addition, this game can also be easily played by anyone. Even if you are someone who rarely plays games, you can still enjoy Stray because the game mechanics are not too difficult.

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