Action-packed spin-off Astro Aqua Kitty from Tikipod is ready for you on PlayStation Vita. Check out our Astro Aqua Kitty review!
Astro Aqua Kitty from Tikipod is a spin-off that follows on Aqua Kitty DX, expanding everything to new dimensions. While the previous game had you drilling for milk underwater due to a shortage. The levels were of a bite-sized nature and action-packed. Astro Aqua Kitty expands on this by having your squad go out into space to search for more resources. The good news is they’ve found a series of water-filled asteroids, so they start to explore them in hopes of finding exactly what they need.
There are many combinations for you to consider in this spin-off since you can select one of four pilots and one of four engineers. Each pilot and engineer will have different stats to consider in speed, health, repair, armor, battery, and recharge. They will also have different skills, so you’re sure to find a pair that favors your playing style. For example, the heave pilot is a slow-moving one, but it packs extra armor. Combining him with, say, the defense engineer will make it possible to tank your way through some predicaments.
You can also select between five difficulty settings: Relaxed, Regular, Experienced, Veteran, and Expert. The higher the difficulty setting, the more health your enemies will have. They will also shoot at you more often, and their attacks will deal more damage. You can also decide to play either in Normal or Permadeath Mode. In Normal, when you die, you can restart from your last save. For Permadeath, as its name suggests, you only have one life, so if you die, you must start a new game to give it another go.
You’ll move your vehicle with the left analog stick, turning with the L button. Your main attack is mapped to the X button, with the second one set to the Circle button. You will have three skills at your disposal, which can be equipped to and activated with the Square, Triangle, and R1 buttons, respectively. You’ll pick up new weapons and items as you progress through the game, so be sure to check your inventory by pressing the Select button to review what you have collected so that you can equip what’s best suited for the job.
As you destroy enemies and complete objectives, you will gain experience points. Obtain enough, and you’ll get to level up. Leveling up will provide you with skill points. Skill points can be used to unlock and equip passive or active skills for your pilot and your engineer. These can include, for example, increasing your ship’s armor by 25%, forming a large bubble around you to repel enemies, increasing the max health of your ship by 25%, or unleashing a shockwave ring that destroys enemy bullets, torpedoes, and mines.
To save your progress, be sure to visit the different beacons you find and activate them with the D-Pad. At beacons, you can also visit the shop to use the resources you’ve collected in order to purchase ship upgrades. Along with buying new weapons and new items to boost your vessel, you can also pay to improve your ship’s overall health and repair rate, its armor, as well as increase your max energy and generator so that you can use some of the heavier and more powerful weapons. To do this, you’ll first have to level up. Your level is also important since you can’t equip weapons or items of a level higher than yours.
You’ll have to find additional members to temporarily join your crew so that you can solve some of the issues you’ll run into. There might be a door that is stuck and can only be opened up by a skilled engineer. You could find a plant form that is in your way, keeping you from reaching a mini-boss that you have to defeat to collect some samples needed for creating a power source. If you find the right kitten for the job, you could get rid of the plant and reach a new spot on the asteroid.
Astro Aqua Kitty has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. It’s a list split into eight Gold, five Silver, and nine Bronze trophies. They will unlock at a steady pace as you progress through the game. The first one you’ll get will be for destroying a crate to collect its contents. After this, you’ll get one for saving your progress at a save beacon. Next up, you’ll have to equip a skill to aid you on your journey. Fill up all of your inventory slots, defeat every boss at the end of each asteroid, and you’re going to find yourself with a new Platinum in your collection.
Aqua Kitty DX was a fun arcade-style experience with bite-sized levels to play. Astro Aqua Kitty expands on everything done before, and then some! Each stage has many objectives to complete, lots of resources to collect, many items and weapons to equip, and deadly bosses to beat at the end of each level. Astro Aqua Kitty is a must-play on PlayStation Vita, and you should add it to your collection today.
This Astro Aqua Kitty review is based on a PlayStation Vita copy provided by Tikipod.