Meow Meow Happy Fight is so outlandish that it’s a bit hard to explain, but we’ll try. It’s a dual-stick shooter full of street-fighting madness. But on these Tokyo streets, the fights go down with people, animals, and inanimate objects duking it out with colorful pellets and enhancing themselves with insane powerups.
Each level pits you against three other enemies on a different map. You’ll need to break through their shield in order to take them out and rack up kills. In order to win, you need the most kills when time runs out.
Gaining an edge on the competition is key, and powerups help you do just that. Besides the obligatory speed boosts and extra powerful attacks, you can freeze all your opponents for a few seconds, making them die almost instantly when attacked, and even imbue yourself with lightning to become a tiny ball of speed and bullet fury. There are also explosive canisters, and portals that allow easy escape from enemy fire.
Everybody hates Ramen.
Another major tactic is kill stealing, where you take out opponents after their health has already been lowered by somebody else. Whoever makes the final kill gets the point.
Each time you or an enemy dies, four ‘happy points’ are dropped. These are used as currency to buy new characters. Whoever collects the points first keeps them, so you’ll need to be quick in order to ensure your rightful share.
All 15 characters are unique aesthetically, but they also have different stats. As a result, early unlockable characters stand little chance against the super-powerful characters that cost many more points.
Meow Meow Happy Fight’s level progression does have one major flaw, however: The difficulty ramps up too fast. You’ll be facing powerful enemies before you’ve earned enough happy points for the better characters. You’ll end up having to replay early levels in order to keep up with the competition.
Looks like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.
Also missing is a way to set up custom matches where you get to choose the map, amount of enemies, difficulty level, and whether you want to play for time or kills. We think this level of customization for deathmatch-styled games is pretty important.
Finally, we’d like to see multiplayer added in the future. Meow Meow Happy Fight is a game that begs to be played with friends. If custom matches are added, we hope they also implement multiplayer.
If these oversights aren’t anything you mind, or if you think the complete mayhem of absurd brawling makes up for it, you’ll likely get a lot of enjoyment out of Meow Meow Happy Fight. After all, how can you resist a game with such a cute, yet oddly epic name?