Claws of Furry (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

You are a ninja cat training in your dojo, when all of a sudden your sensei (who I think is a chihuahua), gets kidnapped by a bloodhound in a giant mech suit.  So now you must use your ninja cat skills to fight and rescue your sensei.  Claws of Furry is a 2-D beat-em-up for up to four players, and it’s available to download on nearly all current game consoles (reviewed on PS4 here).

You start out at the dojo and can choose four different modes.  Three other players can join in, too, for some co-op action.  You can try Rogue Mode, where you only get one life.  Or you can battle endless enemies in the Arena.  Pussycat Mode is like the ‘easy’ setting where you can play the game with endless lives, but it’s still not easy.  And you can change outfits in the Costume mode at the lockers.

You can run and jump, as well as punch and uppercut with the buttons.  You can do combos this way, and the circle button also lets you throw fish as a projectile weapon.  Although the fish you throw don’t fly too far, and it’s hard to aim them where you want them to go.  You fight enemies in short stages and when all are defeated, you’ll move onto the next.  After a few of these, you’ll go up against a boss.  And that’s pretty much it.  The game is quite difficult and it’s especially annoying that falling into spikes or toxic waste takes a whole life and you must start the stage over again.  Plus it just gets too hard, too quickly.  It’s still an OK game, but it doesn’t do anything that Castle Crashers, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for that matter, does better.

Kid Factor:

Claws of Furry is rated E-10 with ESRB descriptors of Fantasy Violence and Tobacco Refernce.  You do punch and kick silly cartoon mice and dog enemies that fall over and disappear when defeated.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, and younger gamers may get frustrated at the high difficulty.

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