A Wild Catgirl Appears is a short romance visual novel featuring multiple routes, different girls to date and of course, catgirls! You follow the story of Ami, a loner at high school, as she joins the school's coding club and sets about making her first video game.
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Release Date: Jan 5, 2016

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A Wild Catgirl Appears is a short romance visual novel featuring multiple routes, different girls to date and of course, catgirls!

Synopsis
A Wild Catgirl Appears follows the story of Ami, a loner at high school, as she joins the school's coding club and sets about making her first video game. They create Starla, an awesome catgirl ninja and create a figure to interact with their game. The figure doesn't quite work, but the next day Starla is quite real!

Who will you choose to date?

Includes free update!
All new for Steam is Eiko, a new catgirl character and route to the game adding over an hour of extra play time! Achievements and trading cards are also supported! Each route takes approximately 1.5 hours to play through so please try to get all of the achievements!

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Please note - a 64-bit OS is required to play this game.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: AMD Athlon / Intel Celeron
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Onboard
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 and above 64-bit
    • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 / Intel i3 and abve
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated ATI / NVidia
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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AngelofNoMercyX
1.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
I can absolutely recommend this game at full price. My first playthrough was 45 minutes long and I really enjoyed it. I didn't really feel like my limited choices would affect the outcome much, but when I saw that there actually are different endings, it was fun to go through and try to figure out how to get those. The Ria ending feels the most natural to me, and that's the one I did first. The catgirl one might be my favorite, though, because it is a fun twist and I also like how it wraps things up with Ria. The Eiko ending is the only one that feels unnatural, although the Lise ending definitely threw me a curveball. Altogether, with clicking through pretty quickly to get the other three endings, I put about an hour and a half into the game. I can totally see myself playing it again in the future, though.
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Signum
5.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
Product received for free
Well, the art styles differe a lot, it's easy to notice. The story speeds along very quickly. And while going the Ria route, I ran into an error that half-crashed the game. I have a screen shot of the error in my library. Most likely, I will have to start over and do something else, if that's possible. Picking choices is rather vague as to the route you want to take in ending up with someone. But presently, the error I ran into is my biggest problem. It did a blue-screen kind of thing. Rolling it back didn't help, I couldn't just tell it to ignore, it would still error out, so I was left with no choice but to quit since I'm no coder.
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Tarmogoyf
4.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
It's crap
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Starwolf-001
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 3
This game is good... as a first attempt. :/

The issues:

- No volume adjustment!? O.o

- Limited saves!

- Speed reading is a bad idea... I continously skipped and selected choice options without even being able to read them O.o

- You need to make options and actual button! Not click anywhere and have a choice made for you. Especially if you are speed reading hitting that space bar every 5 seconds.

- Text glitches. Probably not suitable for anyone who cannot take flashing text every now and then.

- No previous text option? O.o

- Characters started off pretty well... and then I just didn't care. :/ Starla was the only character that felt was the worst. Until she changed clothes.

- Some of the logic in this. Pretty funny <XD

The Good! :D

- Art style is nice

- Cat Girls! :D

- A short/sweet romance visual novel

- At least it has a Auto choice. But still too slow for me DX>

Conclusion:

I cannot recommend this for multiple replays and speed readers. Heck I even slowed done and clicked past events where you need to make a choice. :/

But this game gets a positive review from me because it is at a low price.
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Oppai Dragon
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Well atleast a catgirl appeard XD
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Sa3ana3a
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
A Wild Review Appears!

The game has it's issues on all aspects, however in the same time you can see that the game is made with much love and strive to reach professional level. The drawings are pretty good, story is not bad but have poor 'Freytag Pyramid'. I think if the game had at least one more writer and bunch of more ecchi scenes, it would result in better story and success. No matter what, I admire the effort that is put in the game, had fun with it and would recommend it.
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The Snow Ninja
3.0 hrs
Posted: July 19
On the plus side, I got all the cards and achievements in a few hours. So it doesn't take long to 100% the game if you adding completed games to your list.

But, other than that, the game doesn't offer much. The story is a bit odd. A catgirl comes to life without explanation. I would almost think it was a figment of the protagonist's imagination if other characters couldn't interact with her. Honestly, that would make the story more interesting.

I like the overall message of accepting yourself, especially in the context of sexuality. But the story lacks any subtlety. It kind of forces its message down your throat with a pretty simple dating sim. There are a lot of grammatical errors.

So far, I haven't been impressed with Visual Novels in general. They seem like low effort games. I might be able to put up with a lack of gameplay and animation if they offered quality stories, but I haven't run across a game like that, yet.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Product received for free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s09tCq2PJQA

Please note the video is from A Wild Catgirl Appears version 1. The game has had two major overhauls since then.

This review is spoiler free. I originally wrote a review on 5 Jan 2016, this game has improved a lot since then and I will make sure to add the revisions in below. I have been keeping an eye on this game for a while to watch the improvements and very rarely do I ever go back on reviews. This game has had a lot of effort put in since so therefore I decided to revisit the review.

A Wild Catgirl Appears is a Visual Novel game in which you're a girl called Ami who suffers with low levels of self esteem, you go through the struggles of her being attracted to her same gender and to add to this an unbelievable situation strikes out of the blue. Your best friend Ria wants to help you out and suggests finding a hobby. She introduces you to a coding class which takes your interest after browsing a few other hobbies. In the class you meet another girl and you start to create a game together.

It’s also worth noting that in this Steam Version you get a free DLC pack with it which contains an extra character “Eiko”. She is cute. Period. (My favourite)

The game plays very linear with only very few choices to make and they are pretty simple choices.

Positives:
Low Price
Funny plot
Achievements and badges

Negatives:
- Lack of story decisions.
- Very minimal in terms of character interactions with others than the main characters.
- UI fades in too slowly for choices such as auto, skip etc

Old review negatives which need no longer apply:
“Artwork can get very rough at times and feel very out of place” – Since AWCA the developer has spent time in reworking certain cutscenes and making them go from “eww” to alright. I really enjoy the certain shots of the catgirls.

Spacebar skipping has been added and now you can use keyboard to go to the next text.

There has also been sound sliders added to control the volume. In the original this did not exist and was a pain with the volume blaring in ears.

“Lack of variety in the backdrops” – The backdrops have also been spruced up since A Wild Catgirl Appears version 1. I’m glad because I didn’t like the lack of variety in the backdrops.



I myself enjoyed this game, apart from the abundance of negatives most are easily overlooked if you're looking for a very simple VN. It's a very cheap game and a fun one at that, the story is pretty wild and unbelievable and that's what I like about it.

I would recommend it to gamers who are looking for a cheap and fun blast on a romance visual novel as long as you are not expecting too much. I would also recommend it to badge and achievement hunters as they are easy to stack up and obtain. A full playthrough takes around 1.5 hours.

I would not recommend it to gamers who expect a higher quality game; this is not it. The plot is not deep but makes up for it in wackiness. The graphics are also not the best meaning if you care for graphics in a visual novel you will more than likely dislike this game. I would also avoid if you like making a lot of choices in VN's because this VN simply falls way short of that bar with only very minimal choices.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Fun lesbo love stories and quite a few cuties to choose from. The absence of a gallery mode bogles the mind though. Overall it was a funy story

Pros:
+ Nice story
+ Sweet art, four cuties to choose from
+ Fun endings, fairly easy achievements.
+ Trading cards
+ Community guides available!
++ Fairly cheap

Cons:
- NO GALLERY MODE?!

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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
218 of 258 people (84%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
This is a good first attempt. But in no way sufficient.

The technical aspect is clearly lackluster. The game doesn't have a fast forward, history or auto-read. I makes subsequent playthrough a bit annoying.
And no, unity is not designed for a visual novel. I know that some things are easier to do with it than with a game engine like Ren'Py, but the constraint are quite annoying : 200MB of ram ? really ? 64b system only ? Visual novels are great being played on small factor devices. For these reason, this is not possible with this game.

Characters art are good. However, they could benefit from more movements and poses.
Some special scenes (like the one in the shower room) could have dedicated graphics.
Some art are a bit behind in term of quality, like the shopping scene or the beach one. This is acceptable on a first try. But only on a first try.

Character development is... poor. Sorry, but that's something to work on.

Story is short, so i know i should not expect a great scenario.
As for the writing. Please note that descriptions are not superfluous. It does not have to be only dialogue.

This is a good test (on the developper's perspective) for things that are related to a game, like monetisation and deployment.

But remember, experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
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99 of 117 people (85%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
What is this monstrosity!? EDIT: I gave the game a second go since it got overhauled. Now I can say that isn't a total mess anymore. Still can't recommend it, but it ain't that bad anymore :)


Okay, lets make it short.
-Looking at the content: I can say that this is just an uncreative VN. The story is just too simple and childish (There is 0 creativity in it).
-About the gameplay: The only thing you'll find is that decisions are almost inexistent.
-The HUD is just painful, what is that resolution? 640x480? // Now it's a lot better than what it used to be.

New conclusion: Now we can call this a game. Dev added effort to make it better and I appreciate that. Did the game get better? Not much, but it now stands as an average one and it isn't "that" mediocre anymore.

All Beyond this line is outdated and may not represent the game how actually is.
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Just keeping it for the memes, please don't hate :(

This is a total mess.

The only thing that could have saved this game (in addition to the card drops) is the artwork. Every character has like 3~4 face gestures (If not less) and 50% of the time they don't fit the situation. Yet it still has some decent images(? (Excluding all the horrorific drawings made by NewWestGames. Seriously, what is this AND THIS? WTF!).

In conclusion: This game is terrible. I wouldn't recommend it even to my worst enemy. But it has cards and only 4 achievements for easy completion so... It's something ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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A developer has responded on May 15 @ 12:22pm
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351 of 490 people (72%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
A mediocre visual novel in which a well-endowed Mary Sue gets to fall in love with the character of her dreams. Literally. Granted, I wasn't expecting a literary masterpiece (who was?); decent yuri fluff would have been more than enough to justify the price tag.

But let's be honest here: 'mediocre' gives A Wild Catgirl Appears! far more credit than it deserves. Even if you can somehow get over the middle school-grade writing skill and all its typographical errors, the game itself is flawed at a mechanical level to a baffling degree; the menu is out of an alpha stage demo, background quality is inconsistent, the CGs border on nightmare fuel, sprites aren't always scaled properly and the painfully stock music often fails to queue as intended.

Then again, what do you expect from a VN made in Unity? No, I'm not kidding, it's actually built in Unity. Who the ♥♥♥♥ does that when options like Ren'Py exist?! I struggle to think of anything more blatantly amateur.

'Amateur' -- that's the lesson today. Character sprites this nice deserved better. Much better. Stick with the works of Hanako, Ebi-hime, Christine Love or even Sakura Fantasy if you want a competent OEL yuri VN; you're not going to find one here.
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
A Wild Catgirl Appears is a really short - and not very well done - visual novel with a centering theme on female homosexuality. Yup, this is a Yuri title. I would really like to recommend this game, considering there aren't many otome visual novels that would even include same sex romance options and a game focusing on female homosexuality sounds like a concept to be supported - if only it would be better executed and accurately presented. Yet, the execution of the theme is really poor here, both with the boring narrative and non-existent character depth. It is just not a good game.

Here we have Ami, a shy and nerdy teenage girl who attends an all-female high school, alongside her best friend Ria. Her parents travel throughout the year to attend business meetings, so Ami has all the time and the space in the world to herself, and she is lonely. Stating a useful fact on the side: she is also gay and faces the fear of being judged if she were to come out of the closet. To keep herself busy, she decides to attend the Coding Club of the school and start working on a platform video game that they'd make with the senior club president, Lise. At some point, the designed protagonist of the game; a ninja cat girl named Starla comes alive, mostly to Ami's surprise and distress. How to handle this situation now?

Let's start with the display quality, shall we? There is an annoying inconsistency about the artworks and the CGs used for characters. Throughout my full playthrough, I've came across 4 different types of art works depicting the same characters ridiculously differently - none being appeasing or even anatomically correct. There has been some sorry attempts at presenting fan service, but no one should specifically prefer these ones for even that purpose. Environment designs are nothing remarkable or even remotely interesting, and the soundtrack is only forgettable. Oh, and there is no voice acting either.

I wouldn't care much for the art quality if only there were to be somewhat decent narrative and an intriguing storyline. Well, there is none! The storyline doesn't carry any drama, mystery, insight, sentimental attachment or anything that would make Ami's story interesting. She - alongside four romance options - and her ordeal, her frustration is presented as shallow as it can be. There is no credible story progression, no real life solution to the subject matter or a character portrayal that would make us emphasize with Ami. Character interactions are downright boring, with superficial social exchanges playing on the idea of female sexuality. Whomever wrote that script, clearly had no idea about an actual female/female relationship. The developer only established a sorry setting to play on some fantasy here and earn some money from it while he is at it. Aside portraying wholly shallow characters, the narrative is full with grammatical errors and dialogues marked for wrong characters. Without any option to reread the dialogue once its passed, it becomes a problem to keep track of whomever said what, and without much you'd be curious about the story itself, you lose interest fast.

To top all the nonsense this game contains, save game function is completely broken. If it's a Win64, sorry people. You cannot save at all. Developers are trying to solve that problem at the moment, but it seems like a problem with the game engine itself, so... no near future solutions yet. At least there is a skip dialogue option to go for fast playthroughs to achievement hunt.

At the end of the day, you may prefer passing this one. There is nothing intriguing or esthetically pleasing here. Even people who'd buy this to take a glimpse on some girl on girl action could probably do with something else better. Sad story.

Update: The save function for Win64 is seemingly fixed... and that's still the only plus about this game so far.

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A developer has responded on May 15 @ 12:17pm
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130 of 189 people (69%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Received this as a joke. Tried a few minutes. Not laughing.
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Not really.... the best.

I want to be able to give a better review; the game is, in its own way, charming. And the characters are pretty cute. However, there are just too many things that let the game down. I've heard from other reviews that it was made in only a month, but I feel that that still doesn't excuse some of its issues.

The first thing I'll mention is the artwork. Some character shots are okay, whilst a lot of others are of pretty shockingly poor quality. Some simply show a poor grasp on anatomy (and not in the way of over-large boobs, as thats of course a style all of its own - more in the way of strangely twisted frames and limbs), whilst other genuinly look as though they've been edited in a couple of minutes in paints - like the originals, but with features altered or added with thick, black blurry lines. Other images seem to be have been scaled up and down strangely, whilst some of the backgrounds are of dramatically better quality than others.

The outcome seems difficult to control, and the ending abrupt. Theres also very little in the way of actual romance scenes, though I only played through once, so there may be more hidden in there (though I doubt it). I was offered very little lesbain cat-girl smut, but to futher cement things I was also offered very little in the way of romantic story, and so walked away from the game pretty unhappy in general.

What else is there to say? Buttons are unresponsive, and take some trial and error to find - they're no where near their graphics. There is very little in the way of controls, with the game lacking even a basic volume control.

In conclussion, it is after all a pretty cheap game, even cheaper when on sale, and some may be able to look past its numerous faults in order to appreciate some hidden charms. If you're not new to visual novels, as I am, and are more willing to forgive, then give it a go. If not, I'd recommend passing it by.
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A developer has responded on May 15 @ 12:31pm
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
.... D:

This game is so bad I can barely believe it.

Issues?
No text speed regulation. It's a must have for pretty much any visual novel these days.
No sound regulation.
Did you pressed "skip" by mistake? Well, then you're screwed, since it skips all text (not just the seen one) and you can't go back just by scrolling.
Does your character thinks out loud? No, but you may have this impression, since there is no distinction in terms of font between your character dialogue and your character thoughts.
Does your character talk to herself? Nope, but sometimes name of speaking characters gets mixed so you have no idea what actually is going on.
Different art styles. Woah! Awesome character models, right? Now there are CGs... That looks completely different. Plus some graphic elements that looks like they were done in Paint.
Cats are the worst part. I love cats. I also love girls, though not in the same way. So when you have cat girl in game it should be a good thing, right? Especially if it's kind of important character. You know. From your game title, and logo, and such... Nope. Cat girls are both annoying and unrealistic as hell. The game was actually better before they showed up.
Pretty bad writing. Dialogues doesn't look even remotely realistic.
Boring protagonist. My friend called her "butthurt Ami" and that's pretty much the best summary you can came up with.

And yeah, I know it's only three euros. But honestly, it's not even worth that much.
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A developer has responded on May 15 @ 12:15pm
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56 of 81 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
visual novel the fanfic game is hilarious... in just how bad it is. honestly just playing it because saw it on the sale page and a friend dared me to play it. worth playing for the laughs, but if you're actually looking for a game or any real quality, look elsewhere.
several days into the "story", and one arbitrary decision came up. it's like they forgot there was supposed to be player input.
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