[PlayStation 5] Catmaze Review
Catmaze from Redblack Spade and Ratalaika Games is a 2D Metroidvania inspired by Slavic myths. Learn more in our Catmaze review!
Catmaze from Redblack Spade and Ratalaika Games is a 2D Metroidvania inspired by Slavic myths. For this one, you’ll be joining the sorceress Alesta who must defeat enemies of all shapes and sizes and mighty bosses, helping everyone you meet. Their destinies are in your hands, so don’t shy away from completing a sidequest or two… but don’t complete all of them! You’ll find out why in a bit. This indie dev and publisher combo previously gave us horror puzzle adventure Reflection of Mine, so this is definitely a very different type of game!
You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button and using a melee attack with the Square button. The Circle button will be for using a ranged attack from a safer distance, which will use up some of your mana. You can switch between your available melee and ranged attacks by pressing the R2 and R1 buttons, respectively. The L1 button will be for changing items, which you can use with the Triangle button. The Triangle button will also be for using magic. Since this is a Metroidvania, looking at your map is very important, which you can do by using the DualSense’s Touchpad.
As you explore each new area, you’ll end up finding powerful bracelets that will provide your character with stat boosts. You can also upgrade the bracelets with the coins you collect so that you can increase their effectiveness. You should also use your coins to purchase a variety of items to aid you on your quest. Since the shop will change what items are up for sale – and might not restock an item right when you need it – you should always buy everything you can since items will come in handy, especially during boss fights.
As you obtain new melee and ranged attacks – which, as mentioned before, require mana – you’ll be able to take on stronger enemies and face trickier segments. But on top of this, you should also search everywhere so that you can find the health and mana upgrades dotted around the map. Having more HP so that you can survive through more damage, and having more mana so that you can use more magical attacks before running out of mana, will make a big difference. On top of that, collecting all health and mana upgrades will be tied to a pair of trophies.
On that note, trophy hunters will be happy to learn that Catmaze has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. On top of this, the game is a Cross-Buy title, so if you have a PS5 console, you’ll be able to work on the separate trophy lists for the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game. The list includes 6 Bronze trophies, 5 Silver trophies, and 9 Gold trophies. As a heads-up, there’s one missable trophy in the game, which is for getting the bad ending. If you complete all sidequests before beating the game, then you will lock yourself out of the “Is this the end?” trophy, forcing you to play the whole game from the start.
Because of this, you should most certainly complete some sidequests here and there, but you should not focus on completing all sidequests before you beat the game! Don’t worry about any of the other trophies since you can do some trophy cleanup after the credits roll. You’ll probably also be missing the trophy for opening 100% of the map, so even after completing the game, you’ll be working on some extra objectives. You can use this Catmaze Trophy Guide to speed things up.
Catmaze is a 2D Metroidvania based on Slavic myths that is out on PlayStation. While a fun one, it’s not without its issues. For example, you can reach the first boss without having the right magical attack to be able to damage it, and if you don’t use the statue right before it to save your progress, you will end up having to repeat a whole section before you find the right path to take. Catmaze is available on PlayStation as a Cross-Buy release, giving you both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game with your $9.99 purchase.
This Catmaze review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.