Aqua Kitty is a fast paced retro styled submarine arcade shooter with optional 2 player local Co-op. Blast through hordes of mechanical sea monsters in your kitty sub and defend the deep sea milk mining kittens! THE MILK MUST FLOW!
User reviews: Very Positive (170 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 3, 2014

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December 10

ROCK BOSHERS DX: Directors Cut OUT NOW

Hi all, we just released another game onto Steam (and PS4/Vita), an homage to 8bit gaming days of the ZX Spectrum.

Get ready to take a trip back to the 80s, the 1880s!
Help young Queen Victoria fight her way across Mars and attempt to escape home in this exceedingly retro arcade adventure!

RBDX is a 2D pixel drawn arcade action game, created as if made on an 8bit hardware (specifically the ZX Spectrum), but modernised with widescreen formatting, HD rendering and of course - no colour clash!

Steam link - http://store.steampowered.com/app/298790

Game website - http://tikipod.com/rockboshersdx/

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September 19

Iron Fisticle game now released (I did the art)

Crazy name I know - but this SmashTV alike dungeon game has just been released!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/306700/

If you liked Aqua Kitty, do check it out as I was one of the 2man team who made Iron F.

Curve Digital are publishing it.

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Reviews

“Aqua Kitty-Milk Mine Defender is a cute little arcade shooter that is too good to pass up. The graphics are pretty, the music is awesome, and it felt appropriately difficult on its own merit rather than me fighting the system. I’ve got little but praise for this game and felt it worth the price.”
Approved! (they dont score) – Indie Gamer Chick

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About This Game

Aqua Kitty is a fast paced retro styled submarine arcade shooter with optional 2 player local Co-op.
Blast through hordes of mechanical sea monsters in your kitty sub and defend the deep sea milk mining kittens!
THE MILK MUST FLOW!

Story

Due to a sudden shortage of milk, cats around the world are forced to seek out new sources to get their fix.
You and your team of milk mining kittens have overcome a fear of water to drill down under the ocean seabed and begin extracting vast reserves of what seems to be naturally forming full-fat milk.
Get ready for fast paced submarine action, defending the kittens from disruptive mechanical sea creatures.

Key Features


Optional 2 player local CO-OP.
Branching map progression of levels.
3 Main Game Campaign Modes
Normal Mode - the standard game of branching levels full of mechanical enemies with differing behaviours.
Easy Mode - a version of Normal mode in case you found it too hard, with more health and easier enemies.
Arcade Mode - a special survival mode where you must collect gems to purchase powerups.
Depth based power-up systems which gives partial control on the type and location of the power-ups created (allowing tactical advantage).
Classic infinite mode milk-free level, that never ever ends - for the hardcore challenge.
Dual firing submarine with a rechargeable secondary weapon that needs to be managed carefully (upgrades through game progress in Easy and Normal Modes, but upgrades via a shop system in Arcade Mode).
Varying sea depths per level which subtly affect gameplay.
Chain kill combo system allowing the more skilled player to maximise score.
Steam online leaderboards to challenge and achievements to obtain.
Hand drawn pixel art graphics, displayed at a crisp 720p.
Awesome chiptune music taking inspiration from the best of the C64 and Amiga days.

Development history

Hello, here is a short history of this indie games' development which we hope will be of interest.
Aqua Kitty was made by a core team of two people with audio created by Electric Cafe and the game box art by artist David Hankin.
It began as a small modern-retro styled PC game, designed to run at a crisp 1280x720 it was created with a love of the 16bit gaming era and late 80s video arcade games.

There are 3 core versions of the game available of different hardware - PC, XBox360 and Sony PSM.

Sony version is the oldest and smallest version. A critically acclaimed launch title for PSM (Vita).

XBox version is the Sony version with extra added levels + enemies + refinements.

PC version is the most feature rich and improves on the XBox one with new Weapons + Gradius style Arcade mode + yet further refinements and extra details (with the Steam version being unique in having online leaderboards and achievements).

All the new things we have added to the Steam version will also be rolled back into the other PC versions unless Steam specific (ie Online leaderboards, achievements, trading cards are STEAM ONLY).

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible graphics card with 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 140 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c
    • Additional Notes: Controls: Joypads or Keyboard. Xbox 360 controller recommended.
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Must I save All the kitty milk miners? Yes! In my heart I know I must. I shall not let a Kitty miner perish on my watch! For if I don't save all the kittens, I ask you who will? Will it be you? Well? Will it? It's more than just a game it's being a hero, a savior if you will. I ask you please, heed the call and take up arms with me, become a MILK MINE DEFENDER!!!!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
If you can remember 'Defender' as a kid you are more than half way to understanding what 'Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender' is about. If by any chance you aren't so long in the tooth as some of us grandads of gaming are? heres a basic run down. First of all you don't need to be a grandad to enjoy this Kitty themed take on Defender, as it has this back to the basics timeless gameplay, sceams retro but in a revamped modern way, that many retro games fail to do.

Its has bases with milkminers at the bottom mining for milk, they would rather go about their biz without being abducted by robot jellyfish. This is where you come in as you protect the miners from numerous seabeasts with fiery justice! In your seasub you have normal fire, missle and the ablity to turn about to go left or right. The map at the top is a 2D view of the sea going left and right. You can travel in circles by reaching the far end of either left or right. The map plays a very important part in the defence of the milkminers as it can give the local of each, (red dot abducter jellyfish), (white dot normal robot fish), (yellow power-up) and lastly the local of the milkmine. I think that about raps it up?

If by any chance you don't like reading I've put a sentence summing up Aqua Kitty
Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender is a beautful, colourful 16-bit pixel style defender game that pays homage to retro gaming with a sound so fitting the style. Its that good!



I recommend this title at full asking price.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
I got gifted this game from a giveaway. So bare that in mind.

It's an old school side scroller. Cat humor. Pixelated graphics. Not bad though.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Cute cats underwater mining milk while a cat in a sub protects them. A clone of a arcade game with a classic feel, worth a grab during a sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Aqua Kitty is a shoot-em-up that’s heavily inspired by the old arcade game Defender. Basically you shoot down waves of enemies while protecting your kittens from being abducted.

The key is that you need to focus down the jelly abductor ships before you deal with the other enemys.

The music is amazing, and the visuals are really well put together, and the challenge is fair and curves just right to keep it challenging yet fair.

IF you like shoot-em-ups, this should be your next purchase and if you find this on sale its a must buy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
BEST
GAME
EVER
MEOW
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Addictive. The return of 16 bit gaming that seems pretty unabrasive. These devs did a nice job capturing that retro pixel art and arcade style gameplay and brought it to an underwater environment that keeps you more than busy.

This game is a 2D continual side scrolling shooter that is underwater. Continual... meaning; you leave one side of the screen and you come in from the other. The entire underwater environment is a bit long so you kind of don't go off screen until you've traveled a few screen lengths. Once you've got this navigation down, the game will come better to you. Sometimes you need to calculate the quickest route to save your miner and sometimes the quickest route is to simply go off the screen to the other side. You don't want to get in the habit of chasing enemies when you can simply turn around and get another and wait for that enemy you were chasing to go off the screen and come in from the other side and now he's headed toward you. Watching your mini-map is key here.

You play as a kitty in a submarine protecting your milk miners on the bottom of the ocean. There are various power ups and enemies to deal with while you're protecting your miners on the bottom of the ocean from being taken. You fight your enemies in waves that get progressively harder with progressively different enemies to fight. Three game modes; 'easy', 'normal', and 'arcade'. I prolly would have went with 'norma'l and 'hard' so players don't feel like they're wimping out by playing the 'easy' mode. Normal is pretty hard in the upper levels so I don't know why they didn't but maybe they intend on releasing some DLC that has a new game mode for 'hard'core players or something (*hint *hint devs)

My only real criticism of the game would be that I'd like to see better contrast coloring with the stuff you can avoid colliding with and the stuff you don't have to worry about colliding with. They do a good job with the power ups because they almost flash glow but when you're watching everything on the screen at the same time... and you have to avoid enemy fire and enemy ships but not worry about colliding with any explosions, your milk mine or the miners. Then sometimes there are extra 'helper' subs in the area and they move up and down. These subs block your fire hindering you from saving your miner but mysteriously you can't collide with these subs. The background has some foreground objects to give the game some 3D feel but you can't collide with this stuff either. It just adds confusion as to what you can avoid and what you have to watch out for in a game you're just learning. It's not a problem on lower levels but as you progress it gets hectic and it would help if it were a bit more obvious as to what you can move through and what will kill you. I know as I play I'll get used to what's there and what I don't have to worry about... but it's a learning curve for a game where everything is moving and I think it could be fixed with different coloring.

I had no problems playing the game with my gamepad. Nice enjoyable game. Buy on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Cats like thier milk.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Great kitty, You shoot gibus wearing jelly fish that are trying to steal your milk mininig kitties. It's also HD and has good chiptune music
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Defender was, for it's time, one of the most advanced arcade games. This game takes that level of complexity down a notch, but the fun is more than there. It's a great game for level after level of robo-fish destruction. And besides, it's pretty kid friendly. Give it a try, we could use more arcade style games on Steam.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
10/10 would mine milk again!

It's a cute little shmup where you just gotta blast baddies and protect your milk miners!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
kitty themed bullet hell!!! yes!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This is such an amazing game with great music and awesome 8-Bit graphics.... Plus, its freakin' submarine kitty cats who shoot robotic fish to the point of extinction!!! Yeah, love this game, worth the money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Screenshots looks good but when i started playing, I wasnt expecting it to be so damn good! takes me back to arcade days. and the awesome soundtrack reminds me of classic nintendo. I highly recommend this game. Has been a very fun experience. Oh and who doesnt like cats?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Aqua Kitty is a side-scrolling shooter that reminds me of a classsic arcade game called 'Defender'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2AzNCh6HBs
The art style reminds me of a lot of classic Amiga games and all in all this is a great and fun little title.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Well, it looks pretty, but pc port is weak, there is no any form of support for 4:3 and promts are for xbawks.
Controls are strange and mechanics are kinda imbalanced.

Well, pixelart is still good.
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170 of 248 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
CAT/10
Would buy again and play both at once if I had more hands.
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63 of 94 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
This game shines with lovely pixel-art, a great soundtrack, a fair learning curve concerning the "campaign" mode and enough difficulty for bullet-hell and arcade veterans. Worth the price!
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65 of 103 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I read all the all-positive reviews, this sounded like a safe bet... but I ended up regretting this purchase, so I'll write up what I wished some of the reviews would have warned me about. The concept is great, the music is fantastic, and the graphics are colorful and appealing. Where Aquakitty failed for me was poor gameplay and lack of content.

The game starts off simple, but as the difficulty ramps up, excessive quantities of bullet-sponge enemies appear and the player isn't given enough firepower to take out all of them effectively, which you MUST do for each level. The game becomes an exercise in waiting a LONG time for things to die in front of the ship while more enemies spawn in which gets increasingly tedius and unfun. The original 'Defender' makes you feel fast and powerful despite how hard it is - Aquakitty just makes you feel impotent due to the ridiculously low fire rate.

The game spawns enemies suddenly with absolutely no transition, and is shameless in putting them right over the cats you need to defend. As a result you end up succeeding more if you ignore the main game screen and focus on the RADAR, which does not center on your ship; if you don't look at it constantly you will have to look for the orange dot every time. Enemy patterns feel erratic and are generally a pain to deal with, and feels unrefined compared to de-facto classic shmup style games. Getting farther in the game offers no significant new fun or gameplay elements as you advance, adding to the tedium. The only upgrade it gives you for advancing is a bigger "turboshot" bar which you never have enough of anyway. Once you get 10 levels in and a few mere minutes of play, you've pretty much seen everything, and thats not much different than how it starts. In general the game isn't even that difficult - its just comes off as being boring and annoying.

Presentation is strictly bare-bones and there's no controller config so I had to use JoyToKey to let me use the shoulder triggers to reverse direction. One of the biggest problems I have is that despite the clever theme and cute cat art, there's no story, not even a still picture with text to drive a narrative as to what you are doing, why you are doing it, or incentive to keep you interested. As a result, the cats are more or less a graphic skin with no bearing on gameplay and no story content. I expected more. The trailer made the game seem a lot better than it is, and I really wanted to like it. Maybe for a $3 price point I would have been fine with the mobile-app level of production values and features but not for $7. Hope this review is helpful in making your purchasing decision.
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45 of 69 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
A really fun side-scrolling shooter game! Graphics are nice (pixels), music is cool, and of course - it's about cats! It's not as fast as Syder Arcade, but it does get challenging, even on Normal Mode. The first few levels are quite easy, but it does get harder pretty fast. I really love the different "Meow" sound effects - the "call for help" meow when a miner gets kidnapped, and the angry meow when you save him.

So if you like either side scrolling shooters or cats, Aqua Kitty is your game!
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