Critics not a-mew-sed by Blade Kitten, the video game based on the webcomic Blade Kitten

Apparently, there’s a webcomic out there by Steve Stamatiadis named Blade Kitten that’s been turned into a video game. That’s fairly impressive, since you don’t see many webcomics translated into other mediums that often. I honestly can’t think of any other webcomic-based video games out there beyond the Penny Arcade game.

However, the reviews aren’t very encouraging. You could say they were a little .. catty. (Cat puns! What fresh level of hell has the Webcomic Overlook stooped to?) IGN and Gamespot both give it a 5/10 (and remember, this is on a scale where 7 is considered a bad grade). was a little more charitable, giving it a B-, and Eurogamer gave it an 8/10, which probably proves that European gamers aren’t sick of anime yet. The latest review comes from the AV Club, which gave it a C+.

Australia-based Krome Studios (of Spyro The Dragon reboots and Ty The Tasmanian Tiger) has developed the webcomic Blade Kitten into an episodic 2-D action-platformer with cel-shaded cotton-candy visuals and gameplay that provides a short-lived sugar rush, but there isn’t enough depth or difficulty to sustain the game past its sixth stage—let alone beyond episode one.

I browsed through the Blade Kitten comic, and on first blush it seems like pretty much the puree of every anime that has ever existed — kitty ears, space setting, and all. Surprisingly, this comic was not co-created by Vinson Ngo, a.k.a. Bleedman.

Attention to video game developers: if you’re going to make a video game out of a webcomic, how about Galaxion? Or Dead Winter? Or The Order of the Stick? I guarantee all of these choices are purr-fect game fodder. (Guh.) On the plus side, you could probably save a ton of cash on graphics for that last one.


About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on October 4, 2010, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. No El Santo! Don’t advertise it more, that’s just what they want!

    Now the idea of a dead winter game is something I could go for. I bet some devoted Left 4 Dead fan is already making a mod for it right now.

    • The way I see it, websites with much larger online presence have already advertised this game/webcomic far more than I have, so I can be hardly to blame if it becomes an overnight blockbuster. 🙂

      I may have to download the demo of this game some day. I’m a little curious to see how it stacks up to other faux-anime games I’ve played. I’m the guy who once played an beat both Oni and Septerra Core, though Lord help me if I can remember the gameplay and plot of either.

      • Seriously? Oni was awesome. A lot better than most non-faux animé games. Now Bungie is finally ditching Halo, I hope they do something like Oni again.

        • I remember the game being alright, but the camera angles being awful. It’s weird to see how many currently high-profile video game developers got their start doing faux-anime titles, but I guess it makes sense: the video game boom of the late 90’s sorta coincided with a similar boom on the anime front.

          • Bungie has actually been around since the early 90’s. Some of the games they made then were really good too, like the Marathon series and Myth: The Fallen Lords.

  2. Order of the Stick does have a board game at least. Though given how many webcomics types seem to have day jobs as graphic designers you would think more of them would have game versions…

  3. I was sort of embarrassed after quitting the demo for this game. I thought they left XBLA games this terrible back in 2006.

  4. You do realize that the webcomic author is actually the owner of the game development company, right?

  5. You do realize that this title KILLED the studio don’t you?

    Closed down and already forgotten.

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