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
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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".
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
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.
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9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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70 of 77 people (91%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
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.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
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
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
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.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Since I played it on 360 nothing changed. The game is still fun to play. I would recommend it everyone who likes platformer games!
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
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.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Who needs next gen graphics and GTA V when you can get Blade ktthen
Best gave ever 11/10 :3
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
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 ^-^
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Cute and simple action platformer. Nice graphics, dynamic gameplay and low price.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
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.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Not a bad game, could be better. It sometimes has trouble keeping the flow going, which is a shame, and it gets a bit button-mashy, but at this price, it's worth a look.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
This game harkens back to the era of platforming collect'em ups. As someone that grew up with the likes of Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, and Ty, it took me back to my PS2 days in terms of gameplay. It's a fun hack n' slash that takes you to Hollow Wish as a bounty hunter Felion (cat person-y...thing) Since its re-release, the controls have gotten tighter and the AI responds better. One on one, most enemies will pose no major threat. In fact, many are susceptible to one certain type of attack or another. But when you are swarmed with Darques, trying to get that last fragging item you need and you keep dying to sludge projectiles and you break two keyboards in a blind rage because THEY ARE EVERYWHERE...you'll understand the difficulty isn't in just completion. It's in the 100% completion.

The story itself may be lost on those that haven't read the comic by the same name, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying it any less. (If anything, I went to the Blade Kitten site and read what Space Captain Steve had up there.) For fans of the comic, there are plenty of costumes to giggle over, and enough cameos to make a fun episode. Sadly, there was no Alamo or Gatty in this one, but you can unlock Justice, Lucy, Sun Dae costumes. Through the game, you avoid deathly lasers, noinks in red suits, and the occasional visit from Cthu--FALDERDAN, RUN! The goal is to wander through this planet, beat up the crook, and make a nice profit while you are at it. But our protaganist, Kit Ballard, finds that she's taking jobs and not asking enough questions.

The world is bright and colourful, with a lot of fast paced action and some precise jumping. It's cartoony, which I like and is rare to find in a market over-saturated with hyper-realistic FPSers, Racers, and Sports titles. The background/foreground interplay give the platformer a sense of added depth and deception, as many of the goodies are stashed in places you'd overlook or not even notice.

The sound quality is pretty crisp and clear. The music is upbeat, which I like, and lends to the overall cartoony world. Every so often, you'll hear someone screaming, "Situation: Oscar Mama Golf" and get a cheap giggle. They also have some sound queues, hinting at certain items being in the area. The voice acting was okay, but a lot of the voices were re-used, making the few NPCs you get to talk to sound flat and dull.

The game is by no means the best of its genre. At times, you can glitch through certain walls and fall into puddles of toxic waste causing insta-death. Other times, you may get annoyed at the sudden white distortion splashed against your screen. And some of the cutscenes (in my experience, the final cutscene) begin playing the audio before you even complete the fight, so you had two sets of audio playing when the scene actually starts. I had a few crashes after hours of gameplay. And in one cutscene, Kit glitched out looking something akin to the Ben Drowned statue. But you aren't spending $60 dollars on this title. For the price, I would definitely recommend this game.

With the return of control of this title back to Krome Studios, there are plans to release the second episode of this bright story. Do not be fooled. The game is -not- dead. It was just sleeping for a long time in AtariLand.

TLDR: The game is fun, hack'n'slash goodness. A little glitchy in unimportant places. For $6 bucks, it's worth it. Even moreso if you can snag it for $3. 7.5/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Kawaii pink catgirl jumping places, climbing walls and beating baddies.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
I was interested in this game when it was released in 2010 but couldn't justify the $15 price tag.
Once I saw it was back with a more reasonable price I decided to get it.
I've enjoyed it and am looking forward to episode 2.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
* meow * me likes ...

The main character is not just a cute costume, she is a strong good fighter, jumps far,
climbs well and gives a smooth feeling of being a cat. The cel shaded graphic looks amazing
and with the voice acting this game just gets better with that :)

I will mention that this is a decent platformer, but sometimes lacks the action fight scenes,
which I expected would scale to a higher level through the game.

All in all, a fun game to relax with.
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