Azurephile gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Azurephile gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Do you like cats? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be a cat? Lying around all day, chasing your own tail, knocking things off of ledges (or tables), and leaving your mark on everything with your claws sounds good, right? Well if you’ve ever entertained such fantasies in your own mind, you can now see them realized with Stray, one of the most adorable games that came out last year on Steam and PlayStation. It’s headed to Xbox on August 10.

It’s a great little game, but it’s too short. I finished the game in under 6 hours. It probably would have taken me longer to figure everything out, but I had already watched Paul Soares, Jr. play through much of it on his channel. You can check out his playlist here:

My other disappointment with the game is that you can’t choose your cat, you have to play the orange one. I don’t mind orange cats, but I would have liked to have been able to choose a black cat or calico in loving memory of the cats I’ve had.

I was concerned about the lack of a manual save option, but the game's auto save feature was just fine.

Other than that, Stray is pretty good. It has environmental puzzles, but they’re not usually too difficult. There’s a bit to be explored and making discoveries is fun, so is traversing as a cat. The setting, story, and lore of the game are all very interesting and sci-fi. It is enjoyable and you don’t have to worry about a litter box or fleas!

If you like cats, sci-fi, exploration, and some light puzzles, you’ll probably like this. Let me know what you think about this and if it’s something you’re interested in.

For a game play review without major spoilers, check out Stray’s “Before You Buy” video on the gameranx YouTube channel: (PC issue mentioned, but I had none.)