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Japanese Tower Defense Game ‘Battle Cats’ has Huge Potential

Japanese Tower Defense Game ‘Battle Cats’ has Huge Potential

| November 27, 2012

We recently wrote about Mr. Ninja, a fun iPhone game from Japanese developer Ponos. That game was fun for casual play, and for the first time really put Ponus on our radar as a developer to watch. And over the past couple of days I’ve taken a closer look at some of their games, most notably Battle Cats, which was released for iPhone and iPad just over a week ago.

The title is a tower defense game, which might initially turn you off with its bad English text and weird backstory intro. But if you can get past that minor flaw, you’ll be rewarded. You take your cat army into battle against the enemy, defending your own tower and trying to destroy theirs. You have different cats with different abilities that you can send into battle, as well as a canon mounted on your castle which you can fire at enemies when it is recharged.

Overall, I really like the game mechanics of Battle Cats. I’m a big fan of tower defense games in general, but this one sort of reminds me of Age of Empires – or dare I say chess – in how you can put stronger defensive cats up front and try to follow up with more offensive cats from the back. Tempo also comes into play as you can time your attacks to coincide with lapses in the enemies attacking wave.

Cats in Battle

Round select, based on map of Japan

Each round of the game takes place in a different region of Japan, so if you can’t beat one round, you can back track and re-do an earlier round to earn XP and upgrade your army. Alternatively, you can pay to continue or buy more energy so you don’t have to wait to play more rounds. The in-app purchases are smartly implemented, and so far they haven’t crippled the game for me in any way [1].

Battle Cats is currently doing well in the ‘strategy’ and ‘simulation’ categories in the Japanese app store, but it hasn’t really made an impact anywhere else yet. I know it’s still early in the lifespan of this game, but I think that with some polishing, this game could have some serious potential to be a global hit. It’s the most fun I’ve had on an iPad since Infinity Blade. Battle Cats fits right in that category of ‘cute/wacky Japan’ that follows in the bizarre tradition of Nyan Cat, and the characters are just as marketable as those in Angry Birds [2].

Give it a try and let me know what you think. You can download it for free over in the App Store. Selfish update: If you want to kickstart your game with an invite code, mine is yg2t0!

upgrading cats

invoking the god cat, similar to Angry Birds' Mighty Eagle

invoking the god cat, similar to Angry Birds’ Mighty Eagle

victory is mine


  1. Although I am really tempted to purchase the sumo cat to see what it does.  ↩

  2. Ok, maybe not that marketable. But pretty damn marketable.  ↩

Comments

  1. Sergey

    Use my code Q8T40 please. You can get 10k xp if you do it! In main menu click INVITE FRIENDS. Than INPUT INVITATION CODE. Good luck!

  2. ken91

    Nice game indeed! Here’s my code.

    Btw, the game got me at the wacky intro!

  3. Alex

    4cgs7 Add mine too! 10k exp for you.

  4. Alfen

    Input this Invite Code 「i64q4」 to get special bonus XP 10,000!!

    ※You can input the code after finishing stage 7

  5. Kyle

    Input this Invite Code 「spcn0」 to get special bonus XP 10,000!!

    I am on Chapter 2, Level 48.. and need some help to get past.. please and thanks.

    • You have to have all trophies of the first chapter

  6. Domo

    My code is p5a7nf. Use it to get free 10k exp! :D

  7. Kuro

    Everyone I’ve finally beaten Chapter 3 Level 48 final boss. I’ve concluded it’s impossible to beat him without using the 90 cat food “Baby Boom” from Cat God.

    My invite code is…. p5a7nf

    Please add me… I still haven’t gotten Moneko yet :D

  8. Nasrul

    Add my code for 10k XP! ikpj9q

  9. johnny

    my coupon code is 00wl0, use it to get 10k XP, Thanks!! 100% working

  10. Josh

    My code is p5a7nf. Use it to get free 10k exp!

  11. Please help me and enter this code: w9i90

  12. Please help me get Moneko by using my Code: i64q4

    you will get 10,000 XP too

    *You can input the code after finishing stage 7(Fukuoka)

  13. KelickHuff

    Add me I need any invites and let me know who you are so I can invite you. I have 4 iPhones that can invite back. Just post after mines and ill add you. Mines is jg3bn good luck all.

  14. Andrew James

    Help me in getting the cat lady ~ use code [s0qgi] thanks

  15. Fionalizx

    Hi, Please help me. This is my code: y3kp0
    Thanks!

  16. Chainznanz

    Use this code: wazj0 to get 10,000 XP! You need clear Stage 7 to use the code

  17. jinx

    Please help me get Moneko by using my Code: fl21p

    you will get 10,000 XP too

    *You can input the code after finishing stage 7(Fukuoka)

  18. Help me get Moneko please! My invite code is xe751. Thanks guys! This game is really fun.

    Max out study, working cat and energy to upgrade quicker while levelling your cats sparingly and it should get you through most of the stages =)

    Currently 5/10

  19. caenix

    use the code after finishing stage 7 to get 10’000 XP:

    81rvq0

  20. Trunks

    Great Review, Battle Cats is the only game on iPhone I still use after months :)

    Add my code, recieve XP and help me get Moneko, I can’t beat Level 48 or 49 in Chapter 3, the boss is too strong, I used a lot of Cat Food but he was still standing and beating me there!

    Greets from Germany and sorry for my bad english :)

    Code:
    ho4b0

  21. Definitely a highly addictive game :-) Since everyone else is leaving their code please allow me to do so as well…I still don’t have moneko…lol

    code: cci60

  22. Nice game add me id k8bz0 plz.

  23. giggle googool

    t6n4a :))

  24. lloyd

    18yw20… its works….. yay…10k xp for meeee…

  25. Nissi Tadina

    gsq60
    Add me pls :D

  26. STa.lin

    y0d80
    Add me for 10k exp!

  27. greffin

    bj8g2 for 10k exp..! ^_^

  28. edmond

    Please invite me zmwr5

  29. bobon

    Please add me too. 22yu3. Will add back in return.

  30. birdt

    Input invitation code “sbvmw” to get 10000 XP for free now!

  31. yumiko

    Input this code and get xp for free: bzhh2

  32. Nathaniel Antonie

    Please help me by using my code : ayd70
    Thanks a lot^^

  33. overtechno

    Let’s help each other!
    This my code: 6zyhj0
    Thanks :)

  34. Tija

    Oki ^^ now its my turn my code is vrq00 !!!

  35. gann

    help me out!!! thank u!

    wlap4

  36. tan jian shen

    My favourite app!
    Disgusting cute cats are in Batle Cats!
    Input this Invite Code to get special bonus XP 10,000!!
    ■Invite Code=qv8u0

  37. borpee

    np2v6

    Enter the code to get 10k xp!

  38. Kurokuro

    omra0
    Add for free lols and xp

  39. My favourite app!
    Disgusting cute cats are in Batle Cats!
    Input this Invite Code to get special bonus XP 10,000!!
    ■Invite Code「ip9q8」
    ※You can input the code after finishing stage 7(Fukuoka)

  40. Marcin

    my invitation code qxf40

  41. Please add my invite code. Thanks.
    l7940

  42. bunnybaby

    come and get your free 10,000 XP. 7qy90

  43. SuperGiraffe

    1qg9f

    much thanks everyone

  44. Diego

    Please help me to get Moneko, just use my invitation code >> lio60
    If you use it, you’ll get 10000 XP. (You must clear level 7 to use the code)

  45. Grace

    cpkl8 my invite code!! Help me get moneko!

  46. Diego

    Use my code and get 10000 XP instantly.
    My code >> lio60
    You must clear level 7, then go to the title screen and click on the MONEKO (little kitten) then use the code and get the 10000 XP. o/

  47. genie

    nice writeup about battle cat! =D yis is my code if you dun mind helping ^.^

    03bdg

    thank you so much! start fighting!! xD

  48. Diego

    My code >> lio60
    Use my code and get 10000 XP instantly.
    You must clear level 7, then go to the title screen and click on the MONEKO (little kitten) then use the code and get the 10000 XP. o/

  49. add my code pyn8k

  50. Diego

    My code >> lio60
    Use my code and get 10000 XP instantly.My code >> lio60

  51. Kenneth

    my code is s2yv00
    use it and you will get 10000xp after finishing stage 7
    thx

  52. Irvy

    Next lvl 7, insert this code: 31mgs
    under DX main menu for 10000 EXP

  53. diablochrome

    Add me too, 70u315

  54. nicolas

    help to get moneko add me etjq0

  55. Walfer

    Insert this code: 54vd0 for free 10000exp!
    Thank you:)

  56. Jeffry

    Add me too xo1lc

  57. TheRiceBowl

    Help me get moneko by inputting my code: 2b30f [case sensitive]
    You will get 10000 xp for your effort!

    Start by increasing ‘Study’ followed by ‘Efficiency’, remember to increase ‘Wallet’ as well to ensure that you are able to max out your working cat during a stage.
    Focus on maxing out one cat at a time instead of leveling them all together, it’s a good idea to start with the axe cat.

  58. Leo Kim

    My code is 1v79

  59. Please use my code! 1vl79

  60. Debi

    My Code is zy540
    Please use it Thanks ^^

  61. Hey~

    This is hell of fun game! I am currently going to 3rd episodes. My code is ds4r8.

    Is it any methods to “sign my code, then sign yours, too” thing? I would love to make big groups that has all cute Moneko!

  62. If anyone uses reddit, there is a Battle Cats subreddit at http://www.reddit.com/r/battlecats/.

  63. Fairenough

    Add me and get 10k

  64. 2b6j0
    Here’s my code add me and get a 10k

  65. cju0h
    Here’s my code add me and get a 10k

  66. manodie

    my code = i’m in chapter 3 level 46 ;)

  67. lunita

    Enter this code pls! ftjwf
    Thx <3 :*

  68. Lunita

    Enter this code & get 10’000XP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    qqo90
    Thx!<3 :*

  69. If you have finished stage 7 and haven’t done this already, click the button on the bottom-right corner and then press “Input Invitation Code”. There’s a special cheat code “0g3z4″. Type this in and you’ll get:

    10,000 XP
    200 Cat Food
    5 Treasure Radars
    15 Game Speed-Ups

    I entered it myself and it put me at a huge advantage :D just to throw it out there :)

  70. Ulow

    Want to have a moneko?
    Just type this code: vt4lu

    Ill help you to have one.

  71. Baeery

    Enter my invite code please?
    h3dvu

  72. Gordon

    pi680 enter this invite code pls!

  73. Kevin

    Hi… I’m about finishing chapter 3…
    Please help me get moneko
    Invite me : r1u7h

  74. radon

    please use my invitation code ty830
    thank you very much

  75. noodlekat

    Invitation code wn4fm0 (that’s a zero at the end)

  76. joanucko

    Found a hack that gives Moneko instantly (works for iOS and Android):

    1.) Finish Stage 7 of Battle Cats.
    2.) When the “Invite Friends to Get Moneko” appears on the main screen, click it.
    3.) Use the developer’s test code : “8ga013″
    4.) Your application will exit.
    5.) Run Battle Cats again.
    6.) Moneko will be unlocked.

  77. jenn

    Hey please use my invitation code to get 10000 experience and help me get Moneko!(: w4js3

  78. Drayor

    Free 10,000 EXP by entering invite code : cbkv0

  79. Anonymonus

    Unlock Moneko: Input invitation code od5e0.

  80. weng

    Please help me get moneko and you will also receive 10k xp.
    Input this invite code: rhgg0

    Thanks and regards,
    Weng

  81. d1wt8

    d1wt8 help me plz. ABSOLUTELY GREAT GAME! this is an amazing game its cute funny and fun for everybody

  82. fang

    Please use my code: 0tod0 help me please

  83. sz7w13

    please us my code for moneko: sz7w13 THANKS :D

  84. Add “pyv3z0″ . Thankkks!

  85. FranFran

    Add me “yjnaq4″

  86. FranFran

    Help me plz you’ll get 10k i believe exp from it: yjnaq4

  87. joeyboyie

    add me.. my code’s lwe9rb.. thanks..

  88. Clarity

    vu7v81 plox?
    A friend got me hooked into Battle Cats. One of the few games I would gladly spend money on, since this game is worth it. :D

  89. Joan

    Hey please help me get Moneko! You’ll get 10,000 xp!

    KUAUN4

    Battle Cats is the sickest game

  90. Guusie

    Pls help me to get Gifts and Moneko on Battle Cats
    this is my code :
    2a3gp0

    Thank You

    Greets Guusie ;)

  91. colin

    type my code: 8affxm

  92. colin

    hey guusie what up

  93. Hanna

    Please add me, j1n46
    Thank you
    Lovely game :3

  94. Nicole

    Found a hack that gives Moneko instantly (works for iOS and Android):

    1.) Finish Stage 7 of Battle Cats.
    2.) When the “Invite Friends to Get Moneko” appears on the main screen, click it.
    3.) Use the developer’s test code : “0zr70″
    4.) Your application will exit.
    5.) Run Battle Cats again.
    6.) Moneko will be unlocked.

  95. Enricko Lukman

    Very smart Nicole, the code doesn’t work, it’s just a normal invite code.
    Sharing my own invite code too! “0gndm0″

  96. Annabelle

    be a lamb and use my invite code
    ii85x2
    thanks :3

  97. Zane

    My code is icc7os

    Add me

  98. Mr. u don't have to know

    My code is 7xb6h7 plesase type it after doing 7 round in the invitation place and you will get 10000xp.

  99. so, someone I know has this game can’t install it on my phone it is a smart phone yet it says in Google play that my phone is not a compatible phone for this game …. it has way above the recommended processes for this game and yet this. What Give PONOS

  100. Night Time by Tyler Shemwell on eMusic…G-ESTEEM

    /Am i doing too much/Or losing my touch/

    …a brilliantly written song about “can’t wait until night time comes,” with lines like/Riding through the slum/Where i’m from/A place where crack fiends and fat girls love me the most/Some never made it home to take their work clothes off/Afraid they gonna miss something/

    -”Real & A Good Time”

    STAY BOW-LEGGED & THICK. G-ESTEEM
    (The Election of President Obama) 44-Life

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