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Platform: Windows / Distribution Media: CD-ROM

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      16.01.2010 20:58
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      "Catz: Your Computer Petz" is a virtual pet simulation video game. It was first released in 1996 as a PC CD-ROM title by PF Magic. In the United States, the game received an age guidance rating of "K&A" which deemed it suitable for all ages. The system requirements to run the game are minimal but include: Processor: Equivalent to 50 MHz OS: Windows 3.1, Windows 95 Memory: 4 MB RAM Hard Drive: 10 MB Available Optical: CD-ROM Video card: 16 colour Sound card: Recommended I remember this game being one of the first "full version" games I have had the pleasure of owning. It was given to me as a gift by my late father shortly after the time of its release; around about the same time when dial-up Internet was becoming a more popular household staple. While growing up I never had the most powerful computer but I recall this game performing well even under the more minimalistic of hardware it was subject to. The game also proves itself to be no trouble for modern systems today, and I still find it to be operational in Windows XP Home Edition. Catz could perhaps be described as an interactive screensaver. The game starts from within an adoption area where players can select from one of five breeds. Each cat features unique personality traits from shy and timid to feisty and playful, and I found these aspects to be programmed into each respective virtual animal well. After choosing a breed the player then names his or her cat and is brought to a screen with the cat's belongings. Simple clicks of the mouse fill its food bowl, throw its ball of yarn, and move its bed into place. Each cat will also show interest in the mouse cursor and the more playful breeds will aimlessly chase it around the screen. The player's cat is initially confined to a predefined area within the screen but the player can alter this to a full screen mode where the cat and its things have an "always on top" attribute applied. This was a slight hindrance to me as I had to continually swap between full screen and normal modes when attempting to load other applications. With my cat on full screen mode, I can not click on my start menu or other folders. The player's cat can also become a full fledged screensaver in Windows' advanced display settings, and when activated will see the cat crawl to its bed and sleep amongst a darkened display. When considering the time of release and minimal system requirements, I find the graphics of the game to be well drawn and implement. Each cat moves in a fluid motion and I didn't find any sort of choppiness or lag. They are also drawn in a cartoonish manner to feature bulging eyes and animated whiskers. There is little by the way of sound in this video game. Any given cat will emit stereotypical meows and purrs when content but I soon found these short sound clips to become very repetitive in their presence. Some toys, such as a squeak mouse, also feature a "squeaking" sound which can becoming irritating should the cat be interested in the toy. Catz was the foundation upon which many successors were built. It is certainly not the most aesthetically or feature packed video game in comparison to later versions, but I do still find myself drawn to its vintage charm and personal nostalgia factor. I would happily recommend it to prospective buyers.

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        06.06.2009 10:31

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        Fun game for little children to play!

        This game has a very basic look about it, although it is a lot of fun to play. There are many breeds of cat to choose from and lok after and many little girls, perhaps some boys too if they like animals, would love to play with this game! Controls are pretty easy to use and the game is surprisingly satisfying to play. Although it seems to be aimed more at younger children, older children can enjoy it a lot as well. I know I certainly enjoyed it! There's a lot of colour and different cats to play with and this game can provide hours and hours of fun. I would certainly recommend this game to anyone with young children that aren't allowed to have a real cat or for if you want to see if they would look after a cat if they had one because it is quite an educational game for them in a way as well as being fun.

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        04.03.2009 18:37

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        Cuteness in a box.

        This game has the cutest cats around. Girls will love it because the cats are adorable and you get to nurture them and train them in every way desirable. There are more breeds than you can shake a stick at and it all gels together so perfectly, children will be entranced by the feline creatures too - I know I was! The game is easy to pick up and play, you'll soon be raising cats of quirky and funny characters that you really care for. Sort of like a high class Tamagotchi. However one must say that Catz is a game for feline enthusiasts mainly as Dogz is the one for canine fans. For all kitty-related frolics, this game has such charm in spades. As a game itself, it is a bit shallow but certainly is worth playing for a good laugh and a nice 'aww' with kids or your girlfriend

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        07.02.2009 02:21

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        Catz-relaxing game

        This is a great game for little kids and maybe a little bigger kids . It provides fun to the little ones and maybe not so little too . This game is great for kids because it`s interface is very easy to understand and there are cute cats and as we all know little kids love this stuff . Some older kids like this game too because it`s still fun and cute and if someone really loves animals but he or she lives in a flat maybe this game is even helpful against lonelyiness . The game is cheap and easy to play and it`s perfect to relax , unwind a little bit.It`s not a waste of time playing such games even for adults because it might help the"old people" to understand their kids and renew good memories from their childhood . After all there is one kid hiding behind every adult.

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