In Blade Kitten, join Kit Ballard as she explores the mysterious world of Hollow Wish to hunt down rogue mechs and soft targets.
User reviews: Very Positive (279 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 22, 2010

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September 14

Camera fixes released into the Wild

Hey guys

The camera fixes we did into the OpenBeta branch a couple of months ago have now been pushed to the standard build.

The original notes on what this did are below.
Cheers!

Linds

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Camera state transitions when you enter and exit a camera override region are now improved.
There are three major components to the improvements.

  • When transitioning between two “Side Scroll Camera” states (the most common transition type by far), instead of blending the resulting camera state the code now remains in the one state and instead blends the state parameters.
  • For the remaining state transitions, transitions between different states when entering an override are now performed as a cosine blend, instead of a linear blend. (Looks the code used to attempt something overly complex with springs before switching to linear.)
  • The camera code now maintains a running approximation of the camera’s velocity. When a state blend is performed, the old ‘from’ state is extrapolated based on the velocity when the state changed rather than being a fixes position.
Long story short, these changes fix the *CLUNK* the camera would experience when entering and existing the camera override regions.

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June 17

New build on OpenBeta - camera fixes

Hi all,

We set Skiffy free in amongst the codebase and he's come up with something.
This is what he said:
Ska-Skee Skeeee

That wasn't particularly helpful, so we went and had a look at what he did in the code.
Turns out that...

Camera state transitions when you enter and exit a camera override region are now improved.
There are three major components to the improvements.

  • When transitioning between two “Side Scroll Camera” states (the most common transition type by far), instead of blending the resulting camera state the code now remains in the one state and instead blends the state parameters.
  • For the remaining state transitions, transitions between different states when entering an override are now performed as a cosine blend, instead of a linear blend. (Looks the code used to attempt something overly complex with springs before switching to linear.)
  • The camera code now maintains a running approximation of the camera’s velocity. When a state blend is performed, the old ‘from’ state is extrapolated based on the velocity when the state changed rather than being a fixes position.

Long story short, these changes fix the *CLUNK* the camera would experience when entering and existing the camera override regions.

So yeah - check it out on OpenBeta and let us know what your thoughts are on it. We think it's pretty cool.

Cheers
Linds

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Reviews

“Luxuriating in lavish production values and slick playability, this acrobatic cel-shaded hack-and-slash platform-puzzler barrels along at a frenetic pace”
8/10 – Eurogamer

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About This Game

Welcome to Hollow Wish... On the surface, it’s your typical lawless frontier. Yet this mysterious shell planetoid is filled with dark secrets and cloaked figures. It’s here Kit Ballard, aka Blade Kitten, works as one of the best bounty hunters in the business. Don’t let her pink hair fool you, Kit is part cat, part girl, and wholly lethal. She is one of the last of her species, having fled her homeland after the genocide of her people at the hands of the ancient and mystical race known as the Darques.

Kit has since made a name for herself rounding up some of the most deadly scum in the galaxy. With her unique Darque Blade hovering at her side and obeying her every command, Kit can cut through even the toughest rogue drone while hunting down soft targets to make the planet a safer place to live. Also along for the ride is Skiffy, Kit’s laid-back little sidekick who, when needed, serves as her protector.

Key features:


An epic “tail” like no other
  • Follow Kit through 13 levels including 2 exploration levels with her rideable alien mount Noot, as she travels around the colorful, frenetic world of Hollow Wish.
Intuitive “scramble style exploration”
  • Kit’s innate feline abilities enable her to easily traverse environments and find hidden areas.
Pick-up-and-play arcade action
  • Jump right in and easily begin exploring and fighting your way through multiple levels loaded with secret areas and hidden collectibles.
Fully voiced dialogue
  • Featuring a cast of 9 professional voice actors playing a total of 23 characters.Join Kit, Skiffy and the Darque Blade in this all new action adventure game!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista SP2, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 +3800 or better
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1800 or NVIDIA GeForce 7800 or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3GB free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
    • Other Requirements: Internet connection required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista SP2, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo E8400 or AMD Phenom II X2 555 or better
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3850 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3GB free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
    • Peripherals: Xbox 360 Controller for Windows,
      Logitech Dual Action, Logitech Rumblepad 2
    • Other Requirements: Internet connection required
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
This is a fun Platformer! :D i like the mechanics and works with my xbox controller awesomely. def snag this on sale!!! :D worth the play.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
It is a good game, but not remarkable.

This game is a linear action-platformer in a 2D plane with 3D graphics. Your character can walk, run, slide, jump, double-jump, wall-jump, climb walls and even hang and move on ceilings. This variety of movements opens up to a lot of exploration in the levels, and such exploration is rewarded with lots of in-game money and hidden collectibles. The in-game money can be used to buy upgrades and costumes.

The levels are huge, with plenty of side-corridors or side-paths where you can find items. Since I wanted to explore every inch of each level, I often got tired before reaching the end. Slightly shorter levels (i.e. splitting each level into two) would be good.

The combat has a fast short-range attack (which you will end up using almost all the time) and a long-range attack, as well as a couple of gimmicks (left-trigger + short attack, or right-trigger on top of an enemy) that are a harder to pull off, and slow down the action as the camera freezes in a bullet-time fashion. This kind of effect gets old very quickly and breaks the flow of action.

The character has a stamina meter (for stuff such as running) and a health meter. The health regenerates when not taking damage.

Due to the amount of buttons used (4 buttons and the 2 triggers used as digital input), it might be a bit cumbersome to play on keyboard. I can't say about it, because I used a controller.

Although each level is huge, the game is a bit short, as this was meant to be the first episode in a multi-episode saga. And the storytelling in this game is not very good, I had the impression the levels did not follow any logical order, I haven't seen connection between most levels. (For comparison, "Sonic 3" storytelling is perfect!)

Overall, this game is okay. Between "Yes!" and "No!" I give this game a "Meh".
Posted: October 8
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
I'm conflicted on this game.

Pros
-Style is interesting.
-Voice Acting is pretty solid.
-Some of the action elements are fun.
-Writing is pretty good.

Cons
-Lack of depth.
-Glitchy.
-Combat is hit or miss.
-Suffers from the Star Wars Prequel problem where in some of the aliens just sound like racist stereotypes. Think Jar Jar and the thing that owned Anakin before the Jedi found him.

While the world they've created has an interesting style, most of the visual elements seem borrowed from very old games and anime. It's only about four years old but the graphics seem dated in part because of this and in part because it looks like it was released for much older systems.

The action elements can be fun, at times you feel like a bad ♥♥♥ ninja, sliding, jumping and dispatching enemies with style. However the control and feel of the game goes from being very smooth and fun to either glitchy or clunky. The game has a some what unique combat mechanic with the flying sword; The problem is this mechanic feels completely removed from the more agile ninja cat elements.

The combat also suffers from one main flaw. Many of the enemies you face can and will stun you. In fact the AI for these enemies seems to never increase, they just throw more enemies at you. Which means unless you find a way to dispatch them quickly, which you can and isn't challenging at all side from the fact that you have to plan for it, you will get stun locked and there's no mechanic to break this.

After enjoying the first few hours with the game, I decided to put it down forever because this makes the game just unplayable; As quite often you will respawn right next to a group of enemies and it just becomes a stun party.

That said, there are some truly inspirational moments in this game. The action can be a blast but it doesn't take long before the novelty wears off, and the broken elements begin to wear on the nerves.
Posted: September 25
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5.7 hrs on record
Amazing Game!!! I recommended too buy this game :D is Awesome, its feel like you play Assassin Creed!! :D
Posted: September 25
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9.1 hrs on record
I highly recommend this game. My favorite videogame developer Steve made this game as well as my most favorite videogame series, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. He loves and appreciates his fans and I think that this was a cute and interesting game, as well as a fun 2D platformer. Oh, and I love Kit and Justice as well, they're sexy! Personalities are interesting as well.
Posted: September 26
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23.5 hrs on record
+ Chessy story and funny dialoge
+ The style of the graphics are great and refreashing
+ Great platformer
+ Nice costumization & power ups

- The controls sometimes are confusing and tricky ( you need time to get used to )
- Some of the characters are flat and forgettable

Note: This game is not a "FURRY game" so please STFU and play it.
Posted: September 25
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9.5 hrs on record
Was introduced to this game by a friend. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Even went back to play it multiple times! Looking forward to the second one which has been a long time coming.
Posted: October 19
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5.0 hrs on record
awesome platform game, just need to get used to the controller which is very complicated at first. and some bugs along the game... but well, I think every game has bugs after all.
Posted: October 17
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1.6 hrs on record
Fun fast paced side scroller. Very enjoyable.
Posted: September 28
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69 of 76 people (91%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
After being taken down from Steam due to the previous publisher Atari's rights to the game expiring, Blade Kitten is back and self-published by Krome Studios themselves!

As well as being available for a lower price, the latest update improves the responsiveness of the controls, adds two new costumes, and prepares the game for the long-overdue Episode 2 DLC. Oh, and there's trading cards now!

http://steamcommunity.com/games/BladeKitten/announcements/detail/1855793488205468396

As for the game itself, I'd say it's very easy to recommend at the current sale price of $3. It's not very long, ends abruptly and it's not the best platformer out there, but it's charming and fun to play. And hey, there's a demo if you want to try it out anyway, so don't just take my word for it. Give it a look.
Posted: May 22
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
This game went from zero to HERO! Blade kitten on PC used to be pretty bad when it first came to PC, with some kind of stuttery frame rate limiter which made me feel nauseous playing it. The dev though NEVER GAVE UP! Just like Blade kitten the dev not only stayed active on the forums, but kept updating the game for PC to resolve these issues. The voice acting in the game is really awesome with lots of costumes to unlock and powerups to buy. A simple platformer game, probably one of the few ever made where the controls WORK! Crawling up walls, makes exploring the levels pretty fun, like any platformer its not the combat that makes the game its the controls, the feel, and the exploration. From having a little pet to the animations in the game, all of them are awesome! Replay value is high since the controls are simple, even if you forget them like I did there isnt any move that complex like other games, this game you can pick it up play it, quit anytime, then go back and BOOM right back at the checkpoint.

Rating: 10/10 Value: $14.99
Posted: June 4
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Strongly recommended as worth the price, especially when it's on sale. Don't expect this to be equivalent of a $50 game and you'll quite enjoy it. The video gives an excellent example of what gameplay will be like, including cutscenes. It does end suddenly and there is/was some difficulty in making the sequel, however the developer IS working on it after all so there's hope!

The main character is snarky and sarcastic and a catgirl. If you didn't really get that from the trailer or the name of the game itself, then you don't get much sympathy from me.

The levels are HUGE, the animations are smooth, the plot is mildly interesting and a little bit of a page-turner (which is why it sucks that it suddenly cuts off and we've been without the next part of the story for so long.)

If you like side-scrolling platformers and can stand (or even like) the protagonist, this game is worth picking up.
Posted: May 22
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Since I played it on 360 nothing changed. The game is still fun to play. I would recommend it everyone who likes platformer games!
Posted: May 28
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
A fun hack-n-slash platformer, most definitely. It has creative and fun gameplay, and a good and extensive backstory. Plus, now that it is once again under Krome Studios' control, it is no longer a dead title, and is once again actively maintained, with a sequel that is now actually on the way.
Sometimes, the characters can be pretty annoying. The story within the game is also rather jumbled. On my first playthrough, I could hardly follow the story.
Still, I do recommend the game, on account of it's fun gameplay, plethora of secrets and goals, and wide and interesting backstory.
Posted: May 22
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Who needs next gen graphics and GTA V when you can get Blade ktthen
Best gave ever 11/10 :3
Posted: May 25
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Where to begin...

Firstly this was the FIRST game I played when I got my Xbox 360 Back in 2011. I must of played through it a 1000 times and each time it was just as fun as it first was.

Its a 2D Platformer with suprisingly satisfying combat, Quick paced "hack n slash" That is easy to just sink into for hours, The artwork is very nice although dated. The Dialogue is very childish yet hilarious in its own ways with its "plastic like" characters. Easily My all time favorite game!

With that said the game ends rather ubruptly and is a dissapointment, And Develepment for the 2nd Blade Kitten was abandoned A while ago.

All Round I'd recommend this to anybody that Enjoys a simple hack and slash with silly humor and bright colors, As I said the end is a dissapointment but the rest of the game is a bundle of fun! 10/10
Posted: June 20
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Cute kawaii neko girl fights equaly cute bad girl who then turns out to be a good girl later on. Come over here to watch a neko-girl fight her way to cuteness while you unlock even more cute costumes for her !

10/10

Enjoy ^-^
Posted: August 7
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Cute and simple action platformer. Nice graphics, dynamic gameplay and low price.
Posted: September 24
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Kawaii pink catgirl jumping places, climbing walls and beating baddies.
Posted: May 26
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Blade Kitten is a very interesting game. Side-scrolling platformer with blade fighting. Nice graphics that don't try to be too realistic keeping it's own colorful, animeish charm, a few characters, lots of different items to collect, 5-8 hours to play (takes a lot more if you are trying to find and buy everything) and the best; a bounty hunter Kit Ballard, the nekomimi and main character of the game. After the game got back to Steam, many things changed from the first release. Controlling Kit is better and the game got a little bit harder. Especially at the beginning you notice that if you aren't prepared, you find yourself dying many times in a row. But, after you get to know the controls, know what attacks work best for different enemies and buy yourself new blades and extend your HP and stamina, you will beat the game pretty easily. The soundtrack and levels were nice and I loved the hints of Ty the Tasmanian Tiger.

The shortness of the game made me pretty sad and the ending just wasn't right (Episode 2 is seriously needed). Also the story... Okay, it was something that you couldn't understand that well if you hadn't read the comic (wink wink, you can read a little bit of it in BK's official site). Sometimes there weren't actual story going on, you just killed enemies and tried to proceed (and find stuff maybe). But that didn't really matter. I just kept playing.

Otherwise I enjoyed the game. I loved how Kit could climb almost everywhere and the humour of the game was something that got me. Even after beating the game I'm still playing it trying to find and buy all the stuff. While the game may not be the best platformer and especially not the best game of Krome Studios (I've been always a huge fan of Krome's games). It still has it's own charm and fun. If you are a too serious gamer with picky and hardcore taste, this isn't for you. Nekomimi girls can be pretty cruel 'ya know, but if you really don't like cute-looking catgirls, stay away if you aren't into the platforming part of the game. My score for the game would be 7/10.
Posted: May 25
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