Round, squishy felines have been taking up couch space worldwide for decades with their humans, viewing films of all sorts through narrowed, indifferent eyes. MovieCat 2, the follow-up to a popular movie trivia game, puts these Netflix companions front and center in endearing and humorous ways.
MovieCat 2 is played through five rounds of five questions each, with a special Cat Scene question at the end. Players get nine lives, and can lose them by giving wrong answers. There is both a single-player and pass-and-play two-player mode.
The questions can be challenging, especially those from older or more obscure films. Typically these questions require identifying either the actor, director, or movie title of the film. Fortunately, the adjustable difficulty gives non-cinephiles a fighting chance, allowing players some control over both the difficulty of the questions and the number of lives lost for each wrong answer. Players have three chances to answer each question correctly.
What really makes the MovieCat series special is how it uses the titular cartoon cats. In MovieCat 2, these goofy-looking felines are used to pose questions or give visual hints. Some questions show the cats dressed up as film characters, or have them relate famous exchanges through text bubbles. Others show the cats painting props, or making up limericks about the film’s plot.
One of the best uses of the cats is the 25 Cat Scenes. If you make it through the game without losing all nine lives, a new Cat Scene can be identified and unlocked. These Cat Scenes are interpretations of iconic movie scenes using the cats as stand-in for the actors. Once unlocked, each Cat Scene can be viewed through the main menu.
The grim images are the funniest, like a cat version of Daniel Day-Lewis’ character from There Will Be Blood menacing a priest cat with a bowling pin. Heath Ledger’s Joker in cat form is also not to be missed.
The only criticism of MovieCat 2 is that is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor. The game can be played through in its entirety without encountering any new features, such as the Prop Art questions. Despite this, there is so much trivia that the questions don’t easily repeat, making this game fun to replay. Each Cat Scene can only be unlocked by playing through 25 questions, making re-playability critical.
Like the original game, Movie Cat 2 is an incredibly fun way to use your brain. The way these cute, happy cartoon cats are used can seem downright subversive, which adds a lot to the fun, challenging movie trivia.