Nintendo 3DS – GameBoy VC ($2.99)
What is Catrap you may be asking yourself? This is pretty much a simple puzzle game in nature, but don’t let that fool you. The game gradually becomes more difficult to solve as the levels progress onwards. With one hundred total levels, this game is no push over in content and difficulty. This is the perfect game for puzzle lovers out there.
The objective of each level is to clear out all the monsters. To do this, all you have to do is touch them by knocking them out. But the part that makes it a puzzle game is figuring which rocks to move and which blocks to break and so on to move and clear the level. This is simple in nature, but complex levels require a lot of planning and foresight in completing each level.
Luckily, the game offers a rewind ability to help you out. If you become stuck or need to undo or redo a mistake, you can at any time rewind your moves. This mechanic basically influenced future games like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. So don’t worry if you make a mistake, as you surely will. This becomes very much used in later levels as there becomes little room for error.
Catrap involves not one but two characters to use. When playing, you normally select which one you want to go as. But some levels will actually have you controlling both by switching control back and forth between them with “select” or “Y” on the 3DS. This ups the puzzle difficulty level and makes things a lot more challenging and exciting.
Being a GameBoy game, don’t expect too much out of the graphics and sound. Even with that said, the sprites are nice to look at and have cute animations as well. While there is not much music in the games, it does add to the addictiveness of the game as you play it.
In the end, I heavily recommend this game to all who have a Nintendo 3DS and love puzzle games. Don’t let the age of the game trick you, there is plenty of levels to beat for hours to come. This will scratch your itch for some challenging puzzles to solve.