Recently, 505 Games U.S. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed the Official box art and gameplay trailer for Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Based on the anticipated theatrical release of the same name, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is an action-platform game that allows the player to take on Kitty Galore’s villainous legion by selecting between the film’s crime fighters on the fly. These characters include the film’s dynamic trio: Rookie Canine, Super Feline Double Agent and the Streetwise Pigeon, all of which have different abilities allotted to them allowing the player to complete different parts of the game’s levels using all three characters. The game boasts a lengthy adventure with a slew of over 45 covert missions across various locations and environments. And if that weren’t enough for you self-righteous kitty-stompers out there, the game allows you to collect items and power-ups, which unlock new areas for further exploration.
In the trailer, the game is described as a “…hodgepodge war of high tech espionage” but is ultimately revealed to borrow a great deal from the platformers of yesteryear with a mix of gadgetry, the ability to switch between three separate unique characters in real-time, and a little paw-to-paw combat. From the look of the trailer, this isn’t a game that takes itself too seriously, which seems to be the charm of the title thus far. Its tongue-in-cheek style of humor becomes obvious when the trailer refers to game’s AI as “Animal Intelligence.” I can’t help but find the game’s lighthearted nature attractive and appealing to players of all ages and backgrounds.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is slated for a Nintendo DS exclusive release on July 20th, 2010. The game will retail at $29.99 and is rated Everyone by the ESRB. Although its release is only ten days earlier than the movie its based on, I’m sure the game will bring new fans into the series and help promote not only the upcoming movie, but also the ever-expanding genre of video games based on film.