June 4, 2024

Andreas Betsche

Cat Quest III Preview: First Impression of the Long-Awaited Sequel

June 4, 2024 | Andreas Betsche

We had the opportunity to play a preview version of Cat Quest III, and we’re excited to share our impressions.

Cat Quest III’s game world looks better than ever.

Developed by the Singaporean studio The Gentlebros, Cat Quest III is the third instalment in a series of action RPGs featuring cartoonish cats, strongly emphasising exploration and combat. The series is known for its lighthearted nature and abundant cat puns.

Exploring the Opening Hours of Cat Quest III

In the preview build we received, we explored the first 2-3 hours of the game, which is an extended version of last year’s gamescom demo. During this time, we had the chance to explore dungeons, complete initial quests, and battle the first bosses. We also got a glimpse of the game’s new feature: naval warfare.

Staying True to Its Roots

Cat Quest III is a natural progression for the successful series, offering more of what fans love while improving upon its strengths. The top-down gameplay is smooth and casual, and the open world is filled with quests, secrets, and dungeons. The experience of roaming the map, seamlessly engaging in combat, and upgrading weapons and spells feels as fresh as ever.

Some areas in Cat Quest III switch to a side-scrolling perspective.

Visual Enhancements and Naval Warfare

One noticeable improvement is the enhanced graphics, with more details, sharper textures, and a slightly lower camera angle that provides a broader view of the game’s beautiful world while maintaining the unique papercut cartoon style in 2.5D. The water in Cat Quest III is particularly stunning, and the addition of naval gameplay is a welcome feature, allowing for faster ocean travel and exciting arcade-style battles against other ships. However, the ship’s cannons felt too powerful and unfair during land battles.

The new ships allow us to reach mysterious islands in the blink of an ay …ehm… eye.

Similar to its predecessor, Cat Quest III will offer split-screen co-op for two players and a single-player mode for those who prefer to play solo.

Minor Issues and Overall Potential

While the game’s story may feel a bit ridiculous and forced, and the overall gameplay somewhat grindy and centred on fetch quests, these minor issues are unlikely to overshadow the overall gaming experience. The addictive gameplay, enhanced visuals, and well-integrated new elements, such as boats, make Cat Quest III a promising addition to the series. If The Gentlebros can maintain the quality and intensity displayed in these initial hours throughout the game, Cat Quest III has the potential to surpass its predecessors and become the pinnacle of the series.

Meet the game’s new villain: The Mighty Pi-Rat King.

Cat Quest III: Release Date and Platforms

With a release date set for August 8th, 2024, Cat Quest III will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and PC on Steam.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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