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 (177 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 3, 2014

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"Decent little undersea shmup."

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December 10, 2014

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, 2014

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
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
BEST
GAME
EVER
MEOW
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
kitty themed bullet hell!!! yes!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
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
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
Cats like thier milk.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Surprisingly good shoot-em-up. I got it because came in a shoot-em-up bundle and I really enjoy it. Many different enemies to beat, cute graphics and has an awesome soundtrack. Good game and a must buy if it is in offer!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
As fun as this game is, I will not be suggesting it. The support for larger screens is lacking (Only 1280x720), and you cannot change any of the input settings! When it has better support and more features, maybe it'd be worth buying.
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170 of 248 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
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, 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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45 of 69 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
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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65 of 105 people (62%) found this review helpful
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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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
Cute kittehs are waiting for dinner!You have to defend your milk miners from robot fish on the ocean floor.
Aqua Kitty is not just a simple modern-retro shooter with kitty theme for cat lovers,the gameplay is also fun and addictive,even the easy mode has some challenging.You have to switch your ship left and right,and pay attention to your health and miners at the same time.It is easy to learn but hard to master,you might spend hours to rescue all your miners.In addition,the graphic is beautiful,the sound is nice,and it supports local co-op as well.I am glad I bought it : )
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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
Great shooter! It's basically defender, except with cats that are underwater.

Pixelart is well done, the chiptunes are great, and the game is fun. Well worth the 7 dollar pricetag if you want a good arcade style game.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
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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