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 (163 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 3, 2014

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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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September 15

AQUA KITTY in the Humble Flash Bundle

Aqua Kitty is in a Flash Humble Bundle for the next 24 hours!

The game won't be appearing on any other sites bundles - so do grab it whilst you can:

https://www.humblebundle.com/flash

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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
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Its just as cheesy as it sounds, AKMMD is a cute game that has a basic astoids feel to it. My only complaint is I wish there was a way to buy little towers to help you defend or something. Its easy to play and a good time waster game if thats what your looking for.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Aqua Kitty is a shoot-em-up that’s heavily inspired by the old arcade game Defender, which I’ve played quite a lot. Basically, you shoot down waves of enemies while protecting your kittens from being abducted, while making heavy use of your radar. It’s a fun game, but it feels a bit repetitive. Some more variations between the levels would have been nice. Maybe some more bosses or environmental hazards.

But still, it’s a retro shoot-em-up about cats. That’s enough to check it out.
The survival mode is also quite addictive, and has been keeping me busy.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
A really fun homage to Midway's arcade classic Defender. It's a really slick shmup that delivers on it's classic namesake with tight gameplay and a fun presentation.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, this game is everything right with retro indie game developers.

If it wasn't clear, this game is essentially the old classic Defender, with some modern shmup twists and oh my GOD that soundtrack is amazing. All of those adorable pixel cats don't hurt, either.

Pick this up if you can afford to, it's a wonderful game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Aqua Kitty Milk Mine Defender 8/10

a vary nice looking, cute and awesome sounding 8-bit arcade shooter, i really like how the animations are done as well, controls are good its a little sluggish but fits with how the game plays its a good buy at 6.99 and has vary cute perrrsonality.
difficulty is vary high many kittens will perish to acquire that precious milk :(

*****Recommendations for the Developers*****
i really think the level of spawns needs to be tweaked in Infinite Espresso level i have not done all the normal levels yet and i hear you tweaked some of them already but in Infinite Espresso level it gets too much absolutely no room to move with the amount of enemies and bullets and this is at wave 11 it would be nice to see some tweaks so we could have some fun with it we should be able to run longer in that mode (easy, hard and a tweaked Arcade mode).

Arcade mode needs to have lives i think it just does not seem doable or fun and yes i am aware of the perrmanent upgrades 9 lives makes sense i think :P game is hard as hell after all.

weapon variety seems lacking i have some ideas, slower firing explosive torpedos, seeker torpedos. i think you could replace the X or Y button for an added heavy weapon (aka torpedos idea) or defence explosive or shield on top of the other heavy weapon too but just one of the X or Y buttons so you can still Purrrchase power ups think about it ;)
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is the only game you will ever need on steam.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This game makes me feel young again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game is a cute arcade shooter game, it is very easy to become addicted to and lose several hours of the day playing! Each level becomes more difficult and challenging to complete, I love it!!!! ^_^
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
The first levels get you hooked with cutesy pixel perfect graphics and kittens. But make no mistake, later levels is trial and a little tribulation. These kitties create an itch!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
THE MILK MUST FLOW!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
It's a bullet-hell game. With cats. And awesome pixel graphics. And a kickass soundtrack. And Dune references.
Why are you not playing already?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I've had my eye on this game for about four months, waiting ever so patiently for it to go on sale. When the Summer sale came I struck. I can tell you this is exactly the kind of casual game I love to play. You can play "campaign" or "endless," leaving many hours for play here. It has a lot to like here. I rec.
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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
1.2 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
The soul of a eighties shooter in a classical nineties 16 bit shaped-body. You can't go wrong with this tasty salad.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Finally a Defender clone done right: Don't let its cute-em-up visual style fool you... This game delivers... Gameplay wise it has most of what Defender is known for, even to the red mutants abductions. Only thing missing is the super bomb IIRC. As for the sound this is some amazing chiptune as if ripped from an actual Commodore 64!!! It is THAT good. Control is virtually perfect with an Xbox 360 controller. I honestly can't find any faults with this game; this is as close as perfection for me. Seriously... Of course I grew up with a Commodore 64 if only to name one ;)

And I’ve developed a strange bond with the kitten miners… When they get abducted I take it personally! Don’t mess with my kittens!!! Yes, I am that impressed with this game!

More than recommended!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Kittyretroshmup <3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 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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