Cheap Shot: Kitten Cannon

When the cat woke me up at 5 a.m. for some unscheduled (and unwanted) playtime, I decided to show her Kitten Cannon. She was not amused.

I was quite entertained for about five minutes, though most of that entertainment came from watching my real cat react to the yowls of the virtual cat as it was being sent skyward, rather than the game itself.

Here, kitty kitty.

Kitten Cannon is a very simple game. You are given a cannon which you use to shoot a cute little calico through the sky. The angle and power of the cannon are adjustable and can affect how far the cat is sent flying. The game is quickly mastered and provides almost no challenge whatsoever.

The goal, which is near to my heart, is to send the cat flying as far as possible. There are various power-ups along the way, like explosives that help give the cat some distance and spikes which will stop the cat’s airborne journey. The best is the Venus Flytrap, which will swallow the kitten whole.

Unfortunately, the power-ups are randomly distributed each time and there is no way to steer towards the good ones or aim away from the bad ones. You hit what you hit, which takes a lot of the fun out of the game.

Kitten Cannon is good for a few laughs, but it gets old fast. It has been available online for free since 2005, along with other similar games like Smack the Pingu. Unless you really need to have this game on you at all times, stick with the free online version.

We don’t think the ASPCA approves of this game.

Editor’s Note: Cheap Shot is a new review feature where we pick a game that costs $.99 or $1.99 and give it the quick review treatment. While you won’t find a 1-4 score or our usual pros and cons, you will get a direct assessment of the game based on a one-hour playthrough. You’ll still find our full-length, regular reviews for other games.

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