[PlayStation 5] Felix The Cat Review

by EdEN, Owner

Felix the Cat from Konami and Limited Run Games brings the old-school 2D platformers to PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Felix the Cat review!


Felix the Cat from Konami and Limited Run Games brings the old-school 2D platformers to PlayStation 5. Felix the Cat was originally released by Hudson Soft way back in 1992 for the Nintendo Entertainment System – a.k.a. the NES. It’s a 2D action platformer of the era in which you’ll play as Felix, who goes out on an adventure to save his girlfriend Kitty from the evil Professor. The villain kidnaps Kitty because he wants Felix to give up his magic bag. This was followed by a Game Boy version in 1993 that follows the same formula, minus some levels due to cartridge size constraints.

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Oddly enough, a Famicom release was planned for 1993, but that never happened. The Famicom is the Japanese equivalent of the NES. While a Japanese release was originally planned for late 1992, those plans were eventually canceled. It’s now 2024, and we have a chance to play this long-lost, never-released version, which is certainly great for completionists out there.


And since these are NES and Game Boy releases, in both games, you’ll control the titular character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the Square or Circle buttons and attacking with the X button. The games are of the actual old-school variety, which means it’s one hit… and you’re done! This is why it’s important that you collect the power-ups that will give you access to Felix’s magical transformations.

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You could grab one that turns Felix into a magician with the classic top hat and magic wand. While in this form, you can cast a series of stars all around Felix. Another option is a useful vehicle that you can use to honk at enemies to defeat them. Keep going, and you’ll transform into a mighty tank that can shoot cannonballs at enemies! You’ll upgrade your magical form by collecting the M power-ups and can keep the magical timer topped up by collecting milk bottles.


There are some levels in which things change a bit, so you’ll have Felix using a magical umbrella that allows him to fly around as if he was Mary Poppins or others in which he’s on a rowing boat that can transform into a majestic dolphin who shoots magical energy spheres to attack enemies. Go underwater, and you might pull up a large cat submarine when grabbing a power-up! If you’re already at the tank form and collect another power-up, then you’ll be rewarded with an extra life!

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Trophy-wise, this one features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. Since it’s a Cross-Buy release, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game, and each one will have its own trophy list for you to work on. Each list is split into 2 Bronze trophies, 4 Silver trophies, and 9 Gold trophies for you to work on. It’s a very straightforward list since you’ll get trophies for beating each level in the NES and Game Boy versions of the game, as well as for beating each game. If you need some extra help, you can check out this Felix the Cat Trophy Guide.


There are some customization options to consider. You can select between the native screen size or a fullscreen presentation. You can also activate a scanline CRT filter for the NES version of Felix the Cat or a dot matrix filter for the portable Game Boy version. You can activate or deactivate the classic NES flickering that happened when too many sprites were on the screen at once. There’s also a border around the screen that you can deactivate. On top of that, both versions support save states as well as a rewind function that is mapped to the L2 button, which will allow you to rewind time just in case you make a mistake.

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Felix the Cat brings the old-school 2D platformers to new platforms so that fans old and new can take them for a spin. We get the original Nintendo Entertainment System version, the Game Boy version, and even the long-lost, never-released Famicom version in a single package. While I would have liked to have a bonus section with some design and concept art or some bonuses to go along with this collection, there’s not much to complain about. Felix the Cat is available as a Cross-Buy release, so your $24.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

Disclaimer
This Felix the Cat review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Konami.

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