Anyone who has ever had a cat fall into water and tried to rescue them will know that by doing so they take their lives in their hands. Cats don’t like water and, even though you are trying to help them, they are likely to attach themselves to any bare piece of skin that is on hand, including the face. Aah Impossible Rescue from Aah Games is an Xbox Live Indie game that sees the player controlling not one, not two, but three cats that are caught floating down river. Frankly I wouldn’t go anywhere near them without some kind of full protection body suit, or a large net.
However, in this game the player actually controls the little wet kitties using there control pads. Each kitten has it’s own lane of the river and on button to control them. The river is not without hazards, so the player has to press the kitten’s button to move it either up or down to avoid these hazards. This continues until the bedraggled felines reach the rescue boat.
This all sounds fairly simple until you realise that you have to control all three kittens at the same time, watching all three lanes and avoiding the obstructions. Should one of the kittens get caught up, all three are taken back to the last checkpoint and a life is lost. The first couple of levels are straight forward enough, letting the player get to grips with the controls and the gameplay. But, just as the player is getting comfortable, the difficulty level ramps up and the game becomes mind-blowingly difficult. I like a challenge as much as the next gamer, but the developer really could have made the difficulty increase a bit more gradual.
The visual style has a nice retro look, reminding me of days gone by with my Amstrad CPC464, although realistically it does look a bit better than Roland on the Ropes. The game also has a nice humour about it, a distinctly tongue in cheek attitude that I can never get enough of in a video game.
There are 12 levels to work through, which is a mighty task indeed, and a player can even grab some friends to join in the fun locally on the same controller. Within the silliness options, the player can change things up a bit by adding some themed visual anomalies to the game, although I really don’t think that it needs to be made any more difficult. This does shake things up when playing with friends and adds some variety.
For just 80 MSPoints, Aah Impossible Rescue is a fairly simple concept with an incredible amount of challenge. The game is cute, colourful and a lot of fun with friends. It is not going to keep you entertained for ever, in fact I feel that many players will give up before completion, but for the asking price, it offers just the right amount of challenge to make it worth a try.