Derek Savage’s iconic cult film/PSA/Educational tool Cool Cat Saves the Kids has finally gotten the video game adaptation it deserves. However, is the game exquisite, or just a big big bully with no friends?
Title: Cool Cat Saves the Industry
Publisher: Derek Savage Publishing
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Apple Bandai Pippin, PC (Reviewed on Switch)
Release Date: April 1st, 2017
Cool Cat Saves the Industry has some of the best graphics I have ever seen in any game. Ever. The extremely photo-realistic graphics make you feel like someone really is in that hot sweaty fursuit screaming at the top of their lungs.
The gritty recreations of Los Angeles, Manhattan, and Seattle are absolutely stunning and run at a rock solid 4k 60FPS. Sometimes, it almost seemed as if this was just the movie. However, this is most definitely a game and a super fun one at that.
The gameplay of Cool Cat takes more from the likes of Grand Theft Auto and Watch Dogs rather than the seemingly more appropriate Mario or Sonic. However, this works in the game’s favor, as exploring the world of Cool Cat Saves the Industry is an absolute joy.
Move over Skyrim, get out of the way Grand Theft Auto V, and don’t show your face here ever again The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Cool Cat is here to take the throne of open-world gameplay.
Cool Cat’s hacking abilities ala Watch Dogs are used to great effect in the game, giving you the ability to do anything from hacking a stop light to make sure Mikey doesn’t get hit by a car to hacking green screens to make a super groovy music video.
The Cool Cat Convertible also offers some unique gameplay possibilities, too. The first time I drove up the Empire State Building was one of the greatest joys I’ve ever had playing video games.
However, the game does have a morality system. While Cool Cat is super cool, by doing bad things such as shooting people and saying mean things online, he can become a bully. Both states have their pros and cons, but Cool Cat loves everyone (especially the little children) so be sure to stay cool whenever you can.
Cooperative play is also fun too. Seeing Cool Cat and Daddy Derek rob a bank was super duper cool, and the 256-player Cool Cat Online was a blast as well.
Cool Cat Saves the Industry follows Cool Cat and all of his friends as they try to stop Butch the Bully’s evil plans for gaming after he takes over Electronic Arts.
Traveling in his Cool Cat Convertible, the Cool Cat Crew travels to LA, New York, and Seattle to stop Butch from making the pause button DLC, among other nefarious schemes. Being written by Derek Savage, the writing strikes the perfect balance between drama and comedy, and the twists and turns make for an enjoyable tale.
Cool Cat’s music is, like everything else, super cool. Featuring some of the most iconic and popular musicians of our generation, the soundtrack is quite honestly the greatest soundtrack ever made. It’s super great.
A noticeable highlight is the Daft Punk remix of “Cool Cat Loves to Boogie Woogie”, but I thought that the Kanye and Metallica tracks were amazing too. The voice acting is also spot on, making Cool Cat sound just as strained and dead inside as the movie. Some of the celebrity cameos seemed pretty phoned in, though.
Cool Cat Saves the Industry is the coolest, grooviest, gnarliest, and most graaaaaaaaaantastic game I have ever played. At no point in my 50 hour playthrough did I feel the slightest bit of boredom or fatigue.
I’m glad Peter Molyneux decided to cancel Godus and work on this instead, because he has crafted the new gold standard for every single AAA game in the industry. Five hundred years from now, when we’re all dead, Cool Cat will be epitaph, the greatest achievement of our time.
Cool Cat Saves the Industry was reviewed on the Nintendo Switch using a download code provided by 22cans. You can find additional information about Niche Gamer’s review/ethics policy here.
The Verdict: 10/10