Eek! The Cat

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Eek! The Cat
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Cumbaya, what an awful game!
Genre(s): Platform, Strategy
Platform(s): Amiga (As Sleepwalker)
SNES (As Eek! The Cat)
Release: 1993 (As Sleepwalker)
1994 (As Eek! The Cat)
Developer(s): CTA Developments
Publisher(s): Ocean Software

Eek! The Cat is a 1994 game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System published by Ocean and developed by CTA Developments based off the American-Canadian series of the same name. It is a revised port of Sleepwalker, a 1993 video game previously released on the Commodore Amiga.

Bad Qualities

  1. The gameplay is very confusing and horrible, as the game never tells you that you have to guide a character until the end of the level, and you have to avoid the character to be hurt by the enemies, and by the level envinronment. Not to mention that the levels are basically the same, only changing the envinronment and the characters Eek has to guide.
  2. The game is a carbon-copy of Sleepwalker, not only by the concept, but the gameplay, the levels, and even the sprite animations are similar to Sleepwalker. In fact, only changes to the game from Sleepwalker are the graphics and the music.
  3. As mentioned above it's an escort mission game, which is already a bad idea for a game, since there is not much to do besides escorting a character, and gain some points for this, making this game not only confusing in terms of gameplay, but also is very boring.
  4. Escorting the characters is very frustrating, since you have to avoid them to getting hit by the enemies, and most of the enemies can take a lot of their health resulting in a game over. Also, considering that they constantly walk through the level, the only way to avoid them getting hit, is simply by standing in front of them, making this game more difficult.
  5. The levels are themed after episodes from the show, but they aren't consistant with the themes of said episodes. For example, in "HallowEEK!", you are guiding Eek's family in the chicken suit. However, in the episode it's based off of, Eek spends most of his time helping Cryptey find his family, and when he does guide his family in the episode, he does via being the head of the suit, rather than guiding them from the outside. Having the player guide Cryptey through the level would have made more sense.

Good Qualities

  1. The graphics looks impressive for 1994.
  2. The music is great.
  3. The intro in the SNES version is very impressive for SNES standards re-creating the intro of the Eek! The Cat cartoon show and uses both awesome Mode 7 effects/limited animation similar to a TurboGrafx-CD/Sega CD cut scene intro.
  4. The front cover of the game looks very nice.

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