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Game #2691
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Ranchan Cat    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Coffee Break Fun
Action   Platformer

Rating: 7.39 (33 votes)

Ranchan Cat box cover

Ranchan Cat screenshot
Another fun and quite unique time waster from Japan. In Ranchan Cat, you are a cat named Ranchan (duh), who needs to get to the end of each level (to satisfy his feline urges for... something). He does this by collecting fish, prizes, and most importantly a key that unlocks the next level.

There are several things that set Ranchan Cat apart from other platformers. First of all, there are no enemies per se – you just need to watch out for gray cracks in the ground. You can also jump for various prizes to get points, and to get the key. Speaking of jumping, the way you jump is another, the *most* unique feature of the game. Instead of hitting the UP arrow or SPACEBAR as in most games, in Ranchan Cat you use the mouse cursor to pick an angle to jump. You must then hold the mouse button down and wiggle it to vary the jump distance. This procedure is not dissimilar to, say, manipulating the swing meter in most golf games, and makes for a fun challenge. If you enjoy fun, cutesy-looking platformers with some innovation to boot, Ranchan Cat more than fits the criteria. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Nozomi Matsuzaka & Yuka Higashiiwai
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1998
Software Copyright: Nozomi Matsuzaka & Yuka Higashiiwai
Theme: Unique, Anime
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site
If you like this game, try: Kutar, Alley Cat, Pure Fighter Erika

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