Hackycat Review – Animal cruelty in a cute fashion

On March 12, 2013

App Type: Uncategorized

Hackycat Review – Animal cruelty in a cute fashion

Our rating:

By: Kenneth Wong

Version #: 1.0.2

Date Released: 2013-03-14

Developer: Kenneth Wong

Price: 0.99

User Rating:

The first impression Hackycat struck upon me was how cute the kitties were, but once the game commenced I found myself cringing instead.

Gameplay is focused in a similar way to the traditional Asian game of Sepak Takraw, where a ball is kicked and juggled around by players in the air over a period of time. Except in this game, cute little doodled kittens are the ones being kicked around in the air by beach goers to accumulate points. The objective of the game is to keep the kitten in the air while collecting items that sporadically appear throughout the round. As the game progresses more kittens can be unlocked, each cute in their own rights.

But what really bothered me was the message the game was indirectly sending across. Evidently targeted at the younger audience, it seems to be saying that animal abuse is acceptable and just. It gives kids the impression that kicking your cat, or other animals for that matter, around is but fun and games and it really isn’t that big a deal.

In the app description it even says ”all the cool kids are playing this”. I really do wonder what the developers are trying to carry across towards our younger generation.

So while the gameplay itself is rather engaging, I wouldn’t recommend this app for download. I do not understand why the developers had to use pets, and capitalize on their cuteness rather than say, a ball or some other form of acceptable item.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:No

Learning Curve:Simple

Who Is It For:Younger kids

What I Like:The game concept is great

What I Don't Like:The use of kittens to be kicked around is cruel and misleading

Final Statement:I wouldn't buy this

Read the Developer's Notes:
Save really cute cats from exploding. By kicking them.

"Truly one of the most fun and addictive time wasters on the mobile market to date."

"Hackycat contains hours upon hours of good time, just waiting for you to kick it. Meow."

"It's a rad game, which is something I'm actually qualified to say, I think."
-Touch Arcade

Tap cats to bounce them in the air! If any cat hits the ground, it’s game over. Choose your athlete and join the official Hackycat competition!

Collect cheezburgers to unlock new cats, athletes and locations! Launch cats into space with the almighty Superkick. Use powerups and combos to achieve epic high scores!

NOTE: All the cats in this game are trained professionals. Do not try this at home with your domestic grade pets.

? Simple Controls!
Tap anywhere to kick, knee or headbutt!

? Adopt them all!
Over two dozen hackycats to collect and kick, including Hipstacat and Sir Pussington.

? Pro skills!
Use powerups, combos and superkicks to achieve epic high scores! Dozens of mini-goals to complete! Level up your athlete!

? Fully equipped
Universal app; Game Center achievements and leaderboards; retina and iPhone 5 ready

? Seriously
All the cool kids are playing this, you should too

Email: [email protected]
Trailer: https://www.hackycat.com
Facebook: hackycat
Twitter: @hackycatapp

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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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