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!
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Positive (11 reviews) - 90% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (322 reviews) - 88% of the 322 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 3, 2014

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“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
    • Storage: 140 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c
    • Additional Notes: Controls: Joypads or Keyboard. Xbox 360 controller recommended.
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0perator 88
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Wow, this is, Wow, a lot of fun!
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Lunya
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
I cannot recommend this game because one thing: Difficult.

- On later levels you'll be trying to avoid a rain of bullets and enemies on screen while trying desperate to save the kitties that are going abducted.
- You'll just run into everything, cause your bullets don't do a god damn damage to enemies.
- The game is just a lie, cause it starts enjoyable, making you think it's gonna be fun. Just wait untill stage 12+.
- On Easy and Normal modes you can try as many times you want, untill you perfect the level. But what in the name of god is that Arcade mode? ONE chance per stage? And there is achievement for that? No thanks!

+Art style and controls are good.

I think it's funny how developers forget that games are supposed to be FUN, and not to make you rage and die all the time.

Edit 1

I had to come back because Im raging too much with this freaking bulls*it game.
The game go against you ALL the time!
I tried Arcade mode, and I thought it was ok, cause you buy upgrades, and they are infinite, but eh, silly me...If you get hit you lose one level of the upgrade, and guess what? There are only TWO levels to upgrade! Two hits and you'll be shooting your normal stupid weapon again.

So lets try Endless mode, maybe it will be more casual and fun. :)
NOT!
On Easy it feels like Hard/Impossible (even the default stages feel like that).
And if you think Easy is too difficult already, haha, try Normal. Enemies that takes like 3~5 shots to die, now will take like 5~7. And if thats not enough, they DODGE too!
So, good luck trying to survive while there are like 50++ enemies on that tight space!!!

WTF this game!
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CARRiON+DiSEASE
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
A hard but fair arcade retro styled Shoot 'Em Up.

Aqua Kitty is easy to pick up and play, but hard to master. Classic arcade difficulty even on the easy mode, so if you're seeking a casual game I'd advise you to look elsewhere.

You move left and right, shoot incoming waves of enemies, and protect your milk mining kitties from being abducted. If you lose all of them or die it's game over. There are three modes of play in Aqua Kitty, and these are "easy mode", "normal mode" and "arcade mode". In easy and normal mode the game will throw power ups at you to keep things fair. Failure in these two particular game modes lets you keep your progress and jump into any level you've already completed. In arcade mode however you're expected to get through the whole game on one life, and once you die it's back to square one. In this mode you have to collect gems to purchase your upgrades instead.

There are two main attack modes. Your main blaster with unlimited ammo and decent range, and your turbo blaster with better range and damage but it sucks up power which slowly regenerates. The more you progress in the game, the more your power bar gets upgraded.

There are 25 levels in total, and taking into consideration how difficult this game can be, I'd say it's a decent length even if you choose to only get through it on one mode. There is also an endless waves gameplay mode where you don't have to protect any kitties but instead just survive for as long as you can.

Learning to menuvar carefully, and learning the enemy attack patterns is key to success. The number of different power ups you can get is decent and can be mixed and matched together to form deadly firepower combinations. There is also a bomb you can deploy upon picking it up and health pickups to replenish your health, which is 5 hearts/hits total. Besides these last two they are all timed powerups unless you're in arcade mode, in which case you can actually continue upgrading the powerups and keep them all the way to the end of the game.

The keyboard controls are decent, but I preferred using my gamepad. Both are perfectly functional however. Unfortunately changing controls is somewhat unintuitive for both. There is a local co-op mode available to play with a partner if you so choose.

The graphics are excellent. The sprite artwork shows off lots of color, detail and cute kitties. All the enemies are distinct even amidst the chaos, as is your ship. All the projectiles are distinct as well, and this is an all around pleasant game to look at. Fullscreen is restricted to 720p however, which I don't agree with. Otherwise, looks great and is functional on a gameplay level too.

The sound is minimal, but it gets the job done. Hearing a chain of explosions is satisfying. Otherwise you'll mostly be hearing your blasters and various kitties meowing when in danger. There is not a big enough selection of music in my opinion, but what is here is very good. Reminds me of the Sega Genesis days. If you enjoy the 8-bit retro style of music you'll enjoy this game's small selection.

Story is minimal and for the most part, unimportant. The kitten's supply of milk is running dry, and you must defend them as they mine for more. Eventually you find that mice are stealing the milk to turn it into cheese. Cute but only serving a very basic backdrop. (Also cats grow lactose intolerant after weaning, just sayin')

Overall, if you're seeking a challenging but fair shoot 'em up then Aqua Kitty is a fantastic choice. If, however, you're looking for something to breeze through or something more casual I suggest looking elsewhere, as this game may just end up frustrating you with its oldschool arcade difficulty. I enjoyed Aqua Kitty very much personally, and will recommend it to any fans of the genre!
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NeoGeoMVS
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
good fun game thats worth the price when on sale.
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Azra'eil
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Despite its ridiculous name, it's a really great game.
+ Feels quite nostalgic, as it is a 2d bullethell. Kind of 'Space impact' on your old Nokia (3310) phone, but the screen wraps around, which means that if you don't keep killing enemies quickly, more and more will spawn.

Basically you have to kill everything (all the underwater robot-fish things) on-screen, while defending your allies from being captured by flying (or diving) saucers. Yeah, getting vague again;
+ just play it, it's great!

- Might get a bit repetitive after a while however, even though new enemy types keep getting
- Bit of an indie-game in terms of content and scope. Not worth full price (€7) in my opinion. I'd put it on €5.

7/10
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Mightyelk
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
If you like retro games than it's like defender on Atari, but with better graphics.
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jaysetsfire
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Haha. So much fun. Old school, yet somehow modern. If you like retro styel shmup's, this is for you!

On a side note. it did take me quite some time to truly figure out the gameplay, when I first noticed the "radar" after probably 30 minutes of playing. Haha.
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Maximum Player
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
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Sheep!
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
I rate this game "Recommended" because I can't see a flaw in it. The retro 8-bit aesthetic is well done. The sound is pretty good. It's a remake of "Defender" - a game that was responsible for much of the damage to my original Atari joysticks around 1985. And it has cats! It ticks every box. It can't possibly be bad.

And yet, I find, I didn't enjoy it. It never managed to draw me in. If I could pin down any one area in which Aqua Kitty was lacking, there might well be a red thumb next to this review. Instead, I give it a reluctant thumb-up based strictly on technical merit, but not with any real enthusiasm for this game that lost my interest long before the cards even finished dropping.
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Mertsch
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
Due to the inability to reconfigure the way the control work, this game is virtually unplayable for me.
Yes, there is a rather inconvenient way to remap you controller buttons, but it does not allow you to control the game differently.
For Keyboard there is nothing at all...
Why not use ASWD + Arrow Keys is beyond me
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Pwncess
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
This game is great. Cats and guns, I'm all in.
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Esanssi
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
A rather frustrating, but oh-so-rewarding arcade shooter that's best played with a controller(in my experience). The graphics and the music are appropriate and delightful, both fitting very well into the whole retro vibe of the game.
What keeps me going back for more though is the challenging and rewarding gameplay. Basically you have 2 to 3 "milk mines" in each level and you have to defend their operators from evil kidnappers. Things can get very hectic very quick as new waves of enemies complement the remnants of the last one, and since you can only take, in theory, five or so hits before you die, you'll be retrying a level over and over and over and over and over again.

As stated in the beginning, the game can get very frustrating very quick, but the frustration's a good one. The type you get when you feel that a game challenges your skills fairly.

So, if you're up for a retro arcade shooter with some challenge to it, give AKMMD a go. Heck, it's only 7 eurodollars, what do you have to lose?
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Chibi-Robo!
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
A charming 2D side-scroller shooter, you have to defend your base and shoot everything around. Easy to understand and very fun to play. The graphics are colorful and the music is awesome, maybe the game is a little bit too hard for a casual player but I guess it's a plus if you like a good challenge.
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Celtic7Guardian [USG-Admin]
( 21.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
All paws on deck! It's time to defend our milk!

I was fortunate enough to have this game gifted to me by a friend who had an extra copy. The title alone would have made me want it, but I also saw a livestreamer play some of it. I figured it would be a purrfect way to spend a few hours. Cue those few hours becoming many hours. It is a lot of fun, and not just because it has cute cats!

Pros:
  • This was my first time playing an arcade shooter game. It is a good introduction to them. I enjoyed being in my submarine and shooting down robotic fish to save my milk-mining kitties from being stolen by evil jellyfish. It made me want to play more of this game and others like it.
  • The controls are great. They are smooth, responsive, and work exactly as they should. You can use a keyboard or controller. I have used the keyboard, and it worked perfectly fine, though some might prefer a controller.
  • While the game is difficult, it is fair. Every time I died, I blamed myself rather than some cheap move on the game's part. Certainly the waves of enemies are challenging, but all it takes is practice to get through them.
  • The power-up system is an interesting one. You can get three types of power-ups, all of which depend on where you shoot robotic fish capsules. If the fish is low, medium, or high up in the water, they give different power-ups. Since these fish appear at the same points in each level, not only can you plan when you get your power-ups, but also which power-ups you will receive. The lack of randomization adds to the strategy elements of Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender.
  • A mini-map is in each level to help keep track of your miners and enemies. Thank goodness for that map, or it would be very hard to tell where you need to go to help your kitties. The cats will also let out pitiful mews if they are grabbed, which is a good warning for going over to save them.
  • There are 25 levels with three modes for playing them: easy, normal, and arcade. Easy and normal are different enough in terms of difficulty to make them worth having and experiencing. Arcade is insanely hard, because once you die there, you have to start all the way at the beginning. Good luck with that one!
  • One of the levels is an infinite mode. You continue playing until either you die or leave. The game keeps track of how many waves of enemies you kill, so this is a fun place to visit for testing your skills.
  • Retro graphics ahoy! They are good ones, and the game is pleasant to look at. Enjoy the numerous kitties spread throughout your playtime.
  • The music is great! There are not many tracks, but each one is a fine representation of how awesome chiptunes can be.
  • What little writing there is consists of cute and witty remarks.
  • There are 36 achievements of varying difficulty. Some are bound to be completed quickly, while others are only possible for the most experienced players. Achievement hunters beware, you won't be completing them that easily. But when you get those hard-as-heck achievements, you had better believe that it feels really, really good.
  • You are defending milk-mining kitties with a cat in a submarine. If you are still reading this review, why in the world have you not stopped to buy it?

Neutral:
  • There is barely any storyline or characterization. Since this is not the sort of game that really demands it, I don't care a whole lot.
  • Multiplayer exists for local co-op. I have not had anyone to try this with, but I did activate it once to see how it worked. It appears to be a solid feature that is fun for friends.
  • It does have trading cards. They consist of amusing kitty pictures from the game.

Cons:
  • The difficulty spike. Holy carp the difficulty spike. Up until level thirteen, it is a game that is not incredibly easy, but simple enough. From level thirteen onward, the levels become brutal, and each one somehow manages to outdo the last. While some people might like the difficulty, it is such a jump from the easier levels that it is a very rude awakening.
  • Each stage has a number, but there are no names for the levels. This makes it difficult to remember which level is which. There is at least a grouping system of "locations" on the map. However, that only helps so much.
  • Arcade mode is insane to beat. While that may be great for hardcore gamers, it means completing the game fully is ridiculously difficult. More likely than not this game will never leave its "Beaten" status in my backloggery.

Overall experience:

I came for the kitties. I came back for the gameplay. I had no idea I was such a closet arcade shooter nerd, yet here we are. If you have any interest at all in difficult games of this genre, it is a near guarantee that Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender will be a great game for your library.

Rating:

8.5/10. It looks adorable, yet is hard enough to give almost anyone a run for their milk. So what are you waiting for? Go play this game right meow!

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NuclearFlapjacks
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
I had gotten this game while back, cheap as part of a game bundle. Today (3/2/16) I finally got around to playing it. I thought it was okay! The gameplay seemed spot-on for what the game was aiming to present, the music was a nice fit, the gameplay provided a challenge and the concept was a ridiculous bonus.

However, while I was playing, my antivirus/etc program notified me there was a threat detected in the game files, claiming that it required action, which required me to stop everything to take that action and wonder if there was now something wrong with my PC.

According to devs and other people on the forums, the game can create false positives, likely due to coding.
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Hi - yes sorry some antivirus detect the exe as a false positive - I think it relates to how we obfuscated the game exe. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

As silly as "Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender" happens to be, it seems to be a game I would be willing to play. The guessing game of "what threats from expendable programs am I willing to tolerate" is not a game I'm willing to play. I'm not willing to excuse companies toying with my PC or that of other consumers, willingly adding code that attempts to sidestep security or safety measures. I'm not prepared to make excuses on a company's behalf when conflicts regarding security are known and remain unresolved.

I'll try to keep an eye on whether or not the game updates and fixes things. I intend to change this review accordingly if it does.

EDIT, 3/3/16: I decided to listen to the OST before I forgot. I've been cautious about hype around OSTs, but there's definitely stuff in there that I loved and/or considered catchy. The OST had also been included in the game bundle I purchased, and some of it exists in the game files. At this point I have no regrets about the game besides the fact I'm not playing it. Things that trip up antivirus programs are generally a deal-breaker to me.
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One Man and his Droid
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
... top class defender-clone... great pixel graphics, retro-tunes, and slick controls... all wrapped up in a daft and humorous cat concept... I could see myself losing hours to this game.. it's relaxing, old-school, challenging and just plain fun - something many games (certainly in my collection) are missing... grab it now (and throw in the soundtrack too - it's ace!)
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Open_Battler
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
I got this game cause it about cats. I'm a big cat person myself.

It turned out to be good, it's similar to Metal Slug, and it's got a good soundtrack.

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silverlunastar39
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
This game was an absolute blast and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender is a side-scrolling shooter modeled after - you guessed it - the classic arcade game Defender. If you're not familiar with Defender at all, the premise is pretty simple: fly left or right in looping stages shooting all in your path while gaining power-ups and occasionally saving the odd human or two. Or in Aqua Kitty's case, cats.

The story is simple and silly, the graphics are bright and vibrant, and the music is amazing. So what about the gameplay? Well, if you like Defender you're set. The controls are responsive, the shooting is satisfying, and the difficlty ramps nicely. There are plenty of different enemies to defeat so the game never becomes repetitive. It's a tad short, but with three difficulty settings and an Endless Mode, there's plenty of replayability.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game. If quirky arcade shooters are your thing, this is the game for you.
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Loál János
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
Despite the sweet looking cutie cats it isn't an easy game at all.
The gameplay is simple: kill everything, and save the milkminer cats from abduction by the robotic jelllyfish-like creatures. But killing the enemies is not an easy task to do. Sometimes there are many of them, and as you progress in the game, they take more and more shots before exploding, and of course they shoot at you, too. There are some timed powerups, they help to blast the evil seafoods - temporarily.

I really love the (pixel) graphics, the background music is great, too.
It would be great if the game was a little easier, or the buildup of the difficulty was better implemented.

+ Beautiful pixel graphics
+ Nice musics
+ MILK MINING CATS
+ Many kinds of enemies
+ Many achievements

- Quite hard, therefore sometimes can be frustrating
- Only 2 game modes

I'm using a controller, I think this (and skilled handling of the controller) is very necessary for this game.
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cyberneticmind
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
Great game.
That Shoot them up is real fun?
Great synth music,
Nice animation and sprites.
Lets get the milke cats.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
A hard but fair arcade retro styled Shoot 'Em Up.

Aqua Kitty is easy to pick up and play, but hard to master. Classic arcade difficulty even on the easy mode, so if you're seeking a casual game I'd advise you to look elsewhere.

You move left and right, shoot incoming waves of enemies, and protect your milk mining kitties from being abducted. If you lose all of them or die it's game over. There are three modes of play in Aqua Kitty, and these are "easy mode", "normal mode" and "arcade mode". In easy and normal mode the game will throw power ups at you to keep things fair. Failure in these two particular game modes lets you keep your progress and jump into any level you've already completed. In arcade mode however you're expected to get through the whole game on one life, and once you die it's back to square one. In this mode you have to collect gems to purchase your upgrades instead.

There are two main attack modes. Your main blaster with unlimited ammo and decent range, and your turbo blaster with better range and damage but it sucks up power which slowly regenerates. The more you progress in the game, the more your power bar gets upgraded.

There are 25 levels in total, and taking into consideration how difficult this game can be, I'd say it's a decent length even if you choose to only get through it on one mode. There is also an endless waves gameplay mode where you don't have to protect any kitties but instead just survive for as long as you can.

Learning to menuvar carefully, and learning the enemy attack patterns is key to success. The number of different power ups you can get is decent and can be mixed and matched together to form deadly firepower combinations. There is also a bomb you can deploy upon picking it up and health pickups to replenish your health, which is 5 hearts/hits total. Besides these last two they are all timed powerups unless you're in arcade mode, in which case you can actually continue upgrading the powerups and keep them all the way to the end of the game.

The keyboard controls are decent, but I preferred using my gamepad. Both are perfectly functional however. Unfortunately changing controls is somewhat unintuitive for both. There is a local co-op mode available to play with a partner if you so choose.

The graphics are excellent. The sprite artwork shows off lots of color, detail and cute kitties. All the enemies are distinct even amidst the chaos, as is your ship. All the projectiles are distinct as well, and this is an all around pleasant game to look at. Fullscreen is restricted to 720p however, which I don't agree with. Otherwise, looks great and is functional on a gameplay level too.

The sound is minimal, but it gets the job done. Hearing a chain of explosions is satisfying. Otherwise you'll mostly be hearing your blasters and various kitties meowing when in danger. There is not a big enough selection of music in my opinion, but what is here is very good. Reminds me of the Sega Genesis days. If you enjoy the 8-bit retro style of music you'll enjoy this game's small selection.

Story is minimal and for the most part, unimportant. The kitten's supply of milk is running dry, and you must defend them as they mine for more. Eventually you find that mice are stealing the milk to turn it into cheese. Cute but only serving a very basic backdrop. (Also cats grow lactose intolerant after weaning, just sayin')

Overall, if you're seeking a challenging but fair shoot 'em up then Aqua Kitty is a fantastic choice. If, however, you're looking for something to breeze through or something more casual I suggest looking elsewhere, as this game may just end up frustrating you with its oldschool arcade difficulty. I enjoyed Aqua Kitty very much personally, and will recommend it to any fans of the genre!
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Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
good fun game thats worth the price when on sale.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
All paws on deck! It's time to defend our milk!

I was fortunate enough to have this game gifted to me by a friend who had an extra copy. The title alone would have made me want it, but I also saw a livestreamer play some of it. I figured it would be a purrfect way to spend a few hours. Cue those few hours becoming many hours. It is a lot of fun, and not just because it has cute cats!

Pros:
  • This was my first time playing an arcade shooter game. It is a good introduction to them. I enjoyed being in my submarine and shooting down robotic fish to save my milk-mining kitties from being stolen by evil jellyfish. It made me want to play more of this game and others like it.
  • The controls are great. They are smooth, responsive, and work exactly as they should. You can use a keyboard or controller. I have used the keyboard, and it worked perfectly fine, though some might prefer a controller.
  • While the game is difficult, it is fair. Every time I died, I blamed myself rather than some cheap move on the game's part. Certainly the waves of enemies are challenging, but all it takes is practice to get through them.
  • The power-up system is an interesting one. You can get three types of power-ups, all of which depend on where you shoot robotic fish capsules. If the fish is low, medium, or high up in the water, they give different power-ups. Since these fish appear at the same points in each level, not only can you plan when you get your power-ups, but also which power-ups you will receive. The lack of randomization adds to the strategy elements of Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender.
  • A mini-map is in each level to help keep track of your miners and enemies. Thank goodness for that map, or it would be very hard to tell where you need to go to help your kitties. The cats will also let out pitiful mews if they are grabbed, which is a good warning for going over to save them.
  • There are 25 levels with three modes for playing them: easy, normal, and arcade. Easy and normal are different enough in terms of difficulty to make them worth having and experiencing. Arcade is insanely hard, because once you die there, you have to start all the way at the beginning. Good luck with that one!
  • One of the levels is an infinite mode. You continue playing until either you die or leave. The game keeps track of how many waves of enemies you kill, so this is a fun place to visit for testing your skills.
  • Retro graphics ahoy! They are good ones, and the game is pleasant to look at. Enjoy the numerous kitties spread throughout your playtime.
  • The music is great! There are not many tracks, but each one is a fine representation of how awesome chiptunes can be.
  • What little writing there is consists of cute and witty remarks.
  • There are 36 achievements of varying difficulty. Some are bound to be completed quickly, while others are only possible for the most experienced players. Achievement hunters beware, you won't be completing them that easily. But when you get those hard-as-heck achievements, you had better believe that it feels really, really good.
  • You are defending milk-mining kitties with a cat in a submarine. If you are still reading this review, why in the world have you not stopped to buy it?

Neutral:
  • There is barely any storyline or characterization. Since this is not the sort of game that really demands it, I don't care a whole lot.
  • Multiplayer exists for local co-op. I have not had anyone to try this with, but I did activate it once to see how it worked. It appears to be a solid feature that is fun for friends.
  • It does have trading cards. They consist of amusing kitty pictures from the game.

Cons:
  • The difficulty spike. Holy carp the difficulty spike. Up until level thirteen, it is a game that is not incredibly easy, but simple enough. From level thirteen onward, the levels become brutal, and each one somehow manages to outdo the last. While some people might like the difficulty, it is such a jump from the easier levels that it is a very rude awakening.
  • Each stage has a number, but there are no names for the levels. This makes it difficult to remember which level is which. There is at least a grouping system of "locations" on the map. However, that only helps so much.
  • Arcade mode is insane to beat. While that may be great for hardcore gamers, it means completing the game fully is ridiculously difficult. More likely than not this game will never leave its "Beaten" status in my backloggery.

Overall experience:

I came for the kitties. I came back for the gameplay. I had no idea I was such a closet arcade shooter nerd, yet here we are. If you have any interest at all in difficult games of this genre, it is a near guarantee that Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender will be a great game for your library.

Rating:

8.5/10. It looks adorable, yet is hard enough to give almost anyone a run for their milk. So what are you waiting for? Go play this game right meow!

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Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
... top class defender-clone... great pixel graphics, retro-tunes, and slick controls... all wrapped up in a daft and humorous cat concept... I could see myself losing hours to this game.. it's relaxing, old-school, challenging and just plain fun - something many games (certainly in my collection) are missing... grab it now (and throw in the soundtrack too - it's ace!)
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Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
A charming 2D side-scroller shooter, you have to defend your base and shoot everything around. Easy to understand and very fun to play. The graphics are colorful and the music is awesome, maybe the game is a little bit too hard for a casual player but I guess it's a plus if you like a good challenge.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
In the space year 20XX, the entire world's supply of milk appears to have "ran dry". This would suggest to me that sometime in the future all form of breasts will become either extinct or outlawed and force us to look elsewhere for our creamy goodness. As luck would have it for our kitty chums, though, "deep under the ocean, vast amounts of what appear to be naturally forming full fat milk were discovered". Don't ask me how the milk is now lying under the ocean. Perhaps all the world's mammaries will migrate to below the surface to escape danger or persecution in the future? Either way I guess it's only natural that boobs would eventually start heading downwards with the passage of time. But however they got there, the kitties are determined to get it out and launch an operation to mine it and send the milk gushing back forth into the world once more. But it's not a task without peril for our hungry kitties as they're attacked by unknown enemies who try to kidnap the underwater miners and keep all the lovely, delicious milk for themselves. "OH NOES!", cries the kitty captain. Oh noes, indeed. So out sets a brave pilot to shepherd the miners and destroy the threat, keeping his furry brethren in one piece and saving the world's milk(/boobs?) in the process...

If anybody says the story is dumb then you and me are gonna step outside and have words, alright?! Anyway, on with the review.

In Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender, you'll pilot a small, one-man sub... one-cat sub? Whatever. You'll pilot a sub through stages that loop around on themselves and are no higher than the height of the screen, shooting waves of enemies until all have been wiped out while taking care not to lose all of your miners who walk the surface (as long as one is kept alive you're fine). Additional enemy types are gradually introduced as levels progress and power-ups are occasionally dished out to help your efforts. Its basic formula is simplicity itself, and in that comes so much of its addictive appeal and accessibility as the game sinks its claws into you and doesn't let go.

It isn't exactly laid out this way, but essentially there are three modes in the game. There's the standard style of play (available in easy and normal difficulties) where your progress is saved and failing a level means simply restarting it at any point from a map screen, while power-ups are temporary and don't carry on through stages. There's Arcade Mode, which sets you the challenge of making it through all 25 stages with one life, but with power-up drops being replaced by gems which can be used to purchase upgrades which do carry through stages but are also degraded with each hit you take. And then there's Infinite Espresso mode (also available in easy and normal) where you have to make it through as many waves as possible with one life and very limited power-ups, but at least with no miners to worry about.

There's a slight retro, SNES era style about the look of the game, complete with "chunky" sound effects and some outstanding music that never gets old and even manages to stay lodged in your head long after you've finished playing. Some people have commented about the game being too difficult. I don't really play many side scrolling shooters like this, and wouldn't consider myself especially gifted at them or anything, but I can't say I had all that much trouble with it. There were a few problem stages, sure, and achievement hunters beware, unless you have the twitchy reflexes of a coked-up cat with Tourette's on his fifth can of Red Bull then you're gonna have a ball-achingly hard time getting 100%. But to just complete the game and get most of the experience this has to offer, the rest of us mere mortals should do just fine.

I think it says a lot that even 30 or so hours into this game, no matter how many times I died I still more often than not had a smile on my face and rarely did I ever feel the game was cheap or unfair (maybe aside from the red, grabby b*astards that steal your miners. THEY SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO FIRE! I swear I get nailed by their single, slow shots more than anything else). The hours easily flew by without me noticing and I found I had to stop myself from carrying on anymore trying to beat the harder challenges. If that's not a glowing recommendation for anything then I don't know what is. If I had any complaints it would be that sometimes your sub doesn't feel quite as sharp or responsive as you might like in some of the tighter spots. And while it's perfectly possible to play with a keyboard, I'd strongly advice using a controller. But otherwise, I loved almost everything about this game. Oh, except the fact they had a cat piloting a ship and didn't call him Commander Kitty... I'll never be able to forgive them for that.
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Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Great game.
That Shoot them up is real fun?
Great synth music,
Nice animation and sprites.
Lets get the milke cats.
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Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I like the presentation and the music, and usually I don't mind difficulty in games, I grew up with games in the 80ies and 90ies and so I thought this game might be enjoyable for me.

In the long run, it was not. At level 10 I had to retry alot, it became tedious and annoying. And it stayed like that till the end... there is little incentive to go on, compared to the tedious retrying that is necessary for most of the later levels.

There is no story, no exploration in the levels or in the world map, no persistent ship powerups worthy of that name (looking at you, turbo cannon). Progression through gradual development of player skill is usually a motivation in many difficult or "oldschool" games, but here it is negligible, the mechanics are too shallow for that, and you constantly feel weak and the powerups are only temporary. Instead of "shoot'em up", this is an "avoid'em and shoot little peas from a safe distance", because in the later levels the enemies take alot of hits to kill.

Eventually I finished the game on easy but apart from the endboss and the achievements, there is NOTHING happening in the game that actually gives you motivation to keep trying.

Another annoyance is the radar: it does not center on your ship. That means when you want to get your bearing in a hectic situation, you will first have to search for your own ship's position on that small radar and that costs precious time when the main screen is full of enemies and their bullets. It forces you to keep your eyes on the radar and off the main screen for longer than necessary. You often loose health because of that, and it always feels frustrating.
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Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Despite the sweet looking cutie cats it isn't an easy game at all.
The gameplay is simple: kill everything, and save the milkminer cats from abduction by the robotic jelllyfish-like creatures. But killing the enemies is not an easy task to do. Sometimes there are many of them, and as you progress in the game, they take more and more shots before exploding, and of course they shoot at you, too. There are some timed powerups, they help to blast the evil seafoods - temporarily.

I really love the (pixel) graphics, the background music is great, too.
It would be great if the game was a little easier, or the buildup of the difficulty was better implemented.

+ Beautiful pixel graphics
+ Nice musics
+ MILK MINING CATS
+ Many kinds of enemies
+ Many achievements

- Quite hard, therefore sometimes can be frustrating
- Only 2 game modes

I'm using a controller, I think this (and skilled handling of the controller) is very necessary for this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
You're a cat... underwater. Defending cats... underwater. While they mine for milk.... underwater... It makes no sense but is just great. Meow
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Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Cats ✓
Catgirls?

Well its got cats, maybe even cats that are girls... but not CATGIRLS!
There's a distinct difference here, a female cat != catgirl!
A catgirl is an item of perfection that this game lacks, which every game needs regardless of its content.

4/7 overall
8/10 with rice

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Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
Dude, this is one of the best 2D shooter games I've ever played... and one of the HARDEST!!!
IT'S HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO PLAY WITH A FRIEND (ONLY for the FINAL levels)
One thing is sure: you'll have a great time playing it. The difficulty is sweeeeeet and the MUSIC is awesome!!

Obviously, the first levels are easy and you'll get used to the game very fast. But, the final levels (even in easy mode) ARE EXTREME!! A cousin' of mine helped me to clear the final levels, I couldn't make it without him.

10/10 I loved it, If you like either horizontal or vertical 2D shooters, I TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
A shoot 'em up where the protagonist is a cat! Your mission is simple, control a submarine to defend your milk mining operation! It's meow-tastic!

It has solid music, smooth gameplay, and a retro feel. Aqua Kitty is also quite challenging but manages to hit the sweet spots of upgrade progression while being extremely cute! Buy it meow!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
If you don't buy this game, you're mad.

If you don't like kitties, you're evil.

Very enjoyable and made even more awesome by the fact there are cats in it.
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Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
METAL SLUG WITH CATS!
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2015
For those of you that remember the original Seaquest game (circa 1983), for the Atari 2600... Your little submarine was charged with the task of rescuing divers and blowing up anything else that stood in your way. (Loved it!) At long last, and many years later we elders of gaming and our whipper snapping next, next, next generation (I forget what the latest and hippest term should be...), now has a true and worthy successor!

Ohhhhh, the utter charming and adorable cuteness of the many cats and kittens in this game, should by no means detract you from the sheer fact that this is a bloody hard and brilliant Arcade epic! It's so awesome and so much fun, I barely know where to begin. Is it fast paced?! And how!!!! Will you become addicted?! Oh my yes indeed! Will you forget the world around you, and that you have to cook dinner for a hungry family?! *Cough, cough... errrrr I might have.... errrrrr a time or two...* Will your trigger finger be glued to the controller?! Oh yeah!!!!

Gameplay is divine. Graphics and sounds are wonderful. Storyline and plot are all about saving the cat miners, and undersea milk farms from destruction... Really do you need anymore than that?! Now be off with ya and have a blast me hearties!
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Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
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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64 of 95 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
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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45 of 64 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
Cute concept, brilliant idea... But it's ruined by extreme difficulty spikes and awkward design decisions. While the first few levels are enjoyable, and all seems well intially, the game quickly divebombs into frustrating and tedious territory.

Good:
- Great pixel art
- Decent amount of levels/content for an arcade style game and the price.
- Very easy to learn and control.

Bad:
-Geared heavily towards luck, too little towards skill. The advantage of bullet hell shooters is that there are patterns and expectations. Players can develop skills based on what they learn from patterns. Not so here: enemy positions are randomized which creates a ton of frustration. One game you'll have red jellies congregated in one area, another game you'll be frantically rescuing the cats one after another.
- The player is woefully underequipped to combat the majority of enemies. They absorb a stupid amount of bullets and the power ups, except the two extra cats and the bomb, are faily useless.
- Half the nemies are programmed to dive out of the way of your vehicle. This may sound interesting at first, until you realize how much time you're spending chasing enemies that randomly move out of the way of your already underpowered weapons.
- Difficulty essentially equates to dumping increasing amounts of enemies around the screen randomly, often before you've even finished a particular wave of foes.
- The foreground art will regularily cover enemies and bullets making navigating around the map incredibly annoying and, again, make your survival a lucky happenstance.
- Bullet travel length is based on the direction and speed you travel, amking moving forward actual disadvantagous in most situations, despite moving being what you need to do to survive.
- Balancing looking up at the alarm and surviving while doding bullets is way too much to handle. There should have been any easy indicator or red arrow to show a cat is being abducted and the quickest way too them. I can't count how many cats I lost simply because the game expects you to juggle way too much visual information at once with so little direction.

It's really a shame because the first few levels promise so much more than what this game becomes. I can't recommend it when there are so many better arcade shooters in this genre available. Cute graphics and cats simply don't win out over undercooked gameplay.
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