Catrap was an unknown puzzle game originally released for the Game Boy more than 20 years ago. Since then it has been forgotten until recently when people started playing on the Internet and it has been gaining in popularity ever since. The gameplay of the game withstood the test of time and is as exciting today as it was all those years ago. Thanks to the time rewinding mechanisms of the game people have found it a gem.
Blinx: The Time Sweeper, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Braid have all included a modern version of this time rewinding and the idea has become very popular. Many people would love to erase their mistakes. You mess up poorly and then simply rewind the game to a point before you messed up and have another opportunity to try again. Catrap was the very first game to include this hidden gem of time and now gamers all over the world are finding it a favorite feature once again. This is a fantastic way to play a game and going back in time is an unforgivable experience.
In Catrap, two kids called Catboy and Catgirl are trapped in an underground facility and must negotiate 100 puzzle rooms filled with monsters. Once they escape they are restored to human form. To vanquish the monsters you need to touch them, but they are not easily accessible. You have to break through concrete walls, climb up dodgy ladders, move obstacles out of the way and many more.
During the first few chambers the task seems easy, but as you progress the difficulty level is enhanced and you have to explore every part of your brain to painfully proceed with your quest. It's a brain boggling puzzle from the past and if you were around in the 80s and 90s you may even have played the original game back then.
Modern puzzles force you to lose a life or restart from where you died, but this one allows you to go back to the exact point before you made the error. This is a very convenient feature and a lot of frustration is avoided which makes the game so loveable. Sometimes you need to try a number of different strategies before you get it right. Being able to rewind the game is a refreshing experience, instead of playing all over again.
The revival of Catrap is a nice reminder that old technologies are not completely forgotten and reminds us that there are many more gems out there that we may still enjoy. Catrap is a fantastic trip back to the past and playing it again will provide you plenty of fun and entertainment.
Perhaps many more developers will think about bringing back some old classics of the past that will add some new magic to the gaming world.