You might think that cats and moles are a weird combination, but Vidroid won’t agree with you. We don’t know where they got the idea to create Molecats (did something weird happen in their backyard?). What we know is that it resulted in an intriguing puzzle adventure that can’t help but remind of Lemmings. Here is what we thought about the game.
Rotate Tiles to Get Molecats to the Goal
The goal is the same as in Lemmings, which means you have creatures that you need to guide through a level. However, the trick in Molecats is that you do not give directions directly to the quirky animals. Instead, you get to adjust the environment and rotate tiles to find the path that will allow your new friends to reach a safe zone. Later in the game, when you establish a bond with the creatures you are guiding, they will even listen to some of your commands, such as stop, turn around, or run.
There are plenty of things you can do with tiles. The basic idea is to rotate them but sliding and flipping can also help. On your way, you will collect relics, mushrooms, and even discover secret areas. In fact, each of the levels has secondary objectives, special collections, and trophies you might want to discover. The authors do not hide the inspiration they found in Lemmings and one of the hidden items you will find will remind you of that game!
Discover Hidden Areas, Special Relics, Secrets, Etc.
In its essence, the premise of Molecats is simple, but playing the game is immensely fun. Experimenting with different pathways, getting lost and overcoming monsters and challenges is very entertaining. It seems that the developers wanted to deliver a game that will challenge and relax you at the same time, which is why they implemented the non-failure style of playing. You might lose one of your creatures while playing a level, but you can resurrect them by using special powers. Regardless of that fact, do not think that the puzzles are easy, especially if you are aiming for all three stars.
The in-game graphics are vivid and remind of games made for kids. The goal was probably to make the Molecats adorable and the developers did just that. It might also be worth noting that the game received awards for best game design and the most innovative game in the Indie Showcase USA in 2018. The game was only recently released, but there are rare glitches that can be annoying. For example, the controls will not always listen when selecting the tile and the tiles might rotate for no reason.