Felix the Cat

Moby ID: 22317
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Felix The Cat is a platformer based on the famous cartoon character.

The Professor has kidnapped Kitty, Felix girlfriend, trying to exchange her for Felix' magic bag. Naturally, Felix is not going to let himself be blackmailed, and instead sets out to free Kitty.

There are four different types of levels.

  • Typical platforming levels in which Felix has to make his way to the exit while jumping about obstacles and chasms, killing enemies using different weapons.

  • Swimming levels in which Felix rides a float or on the back of a dolphin.

  • Levels that take place entirely under water.

  • Flying levels that put Felix in control of different flying devices, such as a plane, a hot-air balloon or an umbrella.

Throughout all levels, Felix can collect cat symbols to improve his weapons. After collecting a certain number of cat symbols, milk bottles or hearts will appear. Hearts improve Felix' current weapon. What types of weapon Felix can use, depends on what type of level he is in. There are lots of different weapons ranging from a boxing glove to motorcycles to tanks to spaceships. All weapons that are better than the standard weapon have an energy bar that diminishes over time and can be refilled by collecting milk bottles. Getting hit by an enemy decreases the level of Felix' current weapon. If he gets hit while carrying the standard weapon, he loses a life.

The Game Boy version plays virtually identically to the NES version, but features less levels.

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Average score: 75% (based on 17 ratings)

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Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 39 ratings with 1 reviews)

A licensed platformer done to Perfection.

The Good
This was developed by Japanese mysterious studio Shimada Kikaku a.k.a. S-Plan, almost erased from history out of never crediting their own games.

Felix was the first animated Hollywood star, extremely popular in the silent cinema of the early twenties, but by the end of the century completely forgotten, to the point that an unknown Japanese studio was able to secure themselves with the rights to the character for their first game ever.

This is usually a recipe for disaster, but oddly enough the game is a platforming jewel.

The jumping feels nice and the character controls to perfection, and that I'd say is the most important element in a platformer.

You control Felix with his "Magic bag of tricks" that can assume a variety of shapes.

Like a Tank, and a Wizard, a plane, etc., which are way better than your basic attack; If you get hit you lose the current costume for your previous one, so they also serve as extra – hit devices. There are only slight variants in the mechanics for each costume.

So, if everything feels the same, how come the game is good?

Because there's a timer for the costumes so in order to keep them you need to collect Felix's coins - ten of them will get you extra time for your current costume - this forces the player to explore the level and find the coins while speeding up.

The Bad
The graphics are a joy to watch, thanks to classic Felix's endearing cartoony designs, but a minor complaint would be how dark the screen looks. It should look brighter and happier. The music is also a bit generic but serviceable enough.

The Bottom Line
Felix the cat is platforming perfection for the 8 bit era.
Yes it's basic run, shoot and jump, but extremely well done. Sometimes that's all you need.

NES · by pelida77 (36) · 2023

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Game added May 6, 2006. Last modified March 27, 2024.