Should you buy Stray? Yes, according to game reviews
Stray is a highly anticipated indie game where players take on the role of a cat looking for his family in a futuristic cyperpunk city. With Stray releasing on July 19, many players are wondering if it’s worth downloading the single game between League of Legends matches or Elden Ring battles.
According to dozens of reviews online, the answer is definitely yes. Here’s why reviewers say you should play Stray.
Stray has an immersive and detailed world
Although being a cat is enough for some feline fans, Stray is more than just a kitty simulator. The neon, apocalyptic city of Mid-Town is immersive and comprehensive in its design, as stunning as its concept art, according to AV Club. There are robot citizens all around but no dialogue, leaving you feeling quite lonely and isolated.
The world is not only beautiful to look at. Critics raved about BlueTwelve’s ability to make the city feel complete and devoid of “invisible walls”. There are surfaces to jump on throughout, allowing your cat to walk along walls and doorways. If you don’t see anything in your path, that means you can most likely jump up there and walk along it.
“In the beginning, in the first of the two main areas of the city, I spent so much time jumping on pipes, air conditioners, walls, roofs, etc. – all kinds of things that would just be one background detail in any other game,” Destructoid wrote.
Simple gameplay makes Stray accessible to most players
There is no combat in Stray. It’s more about solving puzzles and figuring out situations than pressing buttons quickly or aiming well when jumping. Players will generally look for ways to use their cat-inspired skills to get ahead in the city, such as knocking over objects to open up new paths or finding places to climb.
That doesn’t mean Stray is super simple and mundane, though. Each area is different in Stray, with some focusing on open-world exploration and others challenging you to be sneaky.
Critics really feel like a cat in Stray
Stray is one of the most realistic representations of a playable cat seen in games. Although the game itself is considered quite short with around six to eight hours of play time, it can be extended if you take the time to explore each area and just enjoy your time as a chat. Although there are always goals to achieve, you can choose to ignore them, which is very appropriate for a cat and doing what cats do: knock over breakable objects, scratch sofas, even sleep.
Being able to be stealthy and agile like a cat adds to the effect. In fact, the gameplay relies on your cat-like behavior and thinking to solve various puzzles and challenges. It makes you feel even more like a cat as you continue to be immersed in the game.
A few things about Stray to keep in mind
While exploring the world is part of the fun of Stray and can also find useful items to use in the game, the gameplay might feel repetitive for some. You’ll find yourself jumping on a lot of the same type of objects over and over again, according to AV Club. This could perhaps be solved by pausing main objectives to scrape a rug or rub against a robot’s leg.
Reviewers have also warned cat lovers that some moments in the game can be hard to digest. While creating a realistic chat experience was positive overall, it made it harder for some players when the cat got hurt. You can even die, with the cat going limp after falling from a high surface. Seeing a realistic cat fall to death might be upsetting for some.
Overall, Stray received positive reviews for its charming and clever world, beautifully built town, and realistic chat game. This is definitely a game cat lovers won’t want to miss.