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Video Game / Castle Cats

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Castle Cats is a mobile Idle Game by PocApp Studios.

In the land of Catania, the Evil Pugomancer's hordes threaten to take over. It's up to you and your guild of fellow felines to stop him once and for all.

PocApp has also created a canine counterpart to the game, called Dungeon Dogs.

This game provides examples of:

  • Adventure Guild: Your own guild - you recruit cats of various skills and send them out on jobs.
  • Allegedly Free Game: Some cats are only purchasable with real money, making it impossible to complete your collection by just playing for free.
  • Alliterative Name: Several of the random quest names, for instance Creepy Cove, Unholy Union, Hybrid Hydra, Haunted Home.
  • Alliterative Title
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: You can earn clothing items for your character, and some characters have costumes that you can earn/buy.
  • Animal Jingoism: Cats vs dogs. Even when trying to interact with dogs not involved in the conflict (trying to collect saliva from them to use in a spell against the Pugomancer) it doesn't go well.
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  • An Axe to Grind: Your character can wield an axe, and some characters do as well, such as Selene.
  • Audience Participation: There have been contests held to design cats for the game. The winning cats were:
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Stark is named after the German word for "strong".
    • Samūm is Arabic for simoom, a dry desert wind.
    • Lumi's name comes from the Finnish and Estonian word for "snow".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • "Francine" asks you not to evolve him.
    • Lucy may reference the number of the game's premium currency, gems, you have: "Not seeing enough Gems in that vault, Guild Leader."
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  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Without paying, you won't be able to earn all of the characters available in an event, even if you grind. They often become available again later in repeated events or for in-game currency, but it'll take you a good month or two of daily grinding to earn that many Gems.
  • Carbuncle Creature: Krystal is a creature that has a gem growing out of her forehead, and when fully evolved, her back as well.
  • Cool Sword: These can be equipped to your character, and some heroes carry them.
  • Crossover: Curio is the main character of one of the studio's other games, "Sling a Kitty".
  • Ear Notch: Several of the cats, particularly the sneaky/rogue types, have them.
  • Easter Bunny: Hop. She is, in fact, a bunny instead of a cat.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief:
    • Many of the cats could be classed into these categories, with skills like Magic and Sneaky.
    • The three story guilds, basically. The Mighty Lions are the fighters, known for their fierceness in battle. The Whiskers are a Thieves' Guild. The Zenpaws don't fight, but they're monks who deal with magic artifacts.
  • Forced Tutorial: The game starts you in a tutorial that teaches you how to quest, recruit heroes, and craft items.
  • Gender Bender: Francine is, as the name implies, a feminine version of Francis.
  • Gender Reveal:
    • The leader of the Whiskers is female, which the characters learn when they’re told that her name is Astrid. When Conan makes a surprised comment, Astrid asks if she’s not fair enough for him.
    • The Evil Pugomancer is revealed at the end to be a female named Chloe.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The goal is to collect all the cats in the game.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Evil Pugomancer appears to do this during his time as the "Good Kittymancer". It doesn't last.
  • Heroic BSoD: Conan, after his plan to cat-ify the Pugomancer fails.
  • Insistent Terminology: Chief isn't a mage; he's a fancy mage.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the end of the 2020 superhero event story, one of the characters makes a comment to the effect of "this sounds like it's from some poorly written game".
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Several characters have one, and you can equip one to your character.
  • The Magnificent: Nobu's journal entry refers to him as Nobu the Stoic.
  • Match-Three Game: One of the two minigames is match-three game called Matching Mania.
  • Mini-Me: You can equip your character with miniature versions of the heroes called "plushies". These "plushies" are animated just like their hero counterparts and can be seen alongside them in battle, even playing attack animations, but they're simply decorative.
  • Molotov Cocktail: One of the cats is named Molotov, and he loves explosives. Evidently he was excited that there was a cocktail named after him until he tasted it.
  • Mrs. Claus: Just as there’s a Santa Paws, there’s also a Mrs Paws.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The cats' plan to transform the Evil Pugomancer into a cat just ends up with him transforming back into his original form, and gaining access to an amulet that he needs.
  • Play Every Day: The game has daily login rewards, from gold and items to unlockable characters.
  • Power Up Letdown: You can "promote" certain heroes by exchanging fifteen of the fully-leveled character plus 100,000 gold. This doesn't actually give them any new abilities, just a new winged costume, plus you need an extra copy of the character to actually be able to wear it.
  • Pun: The game features many cat-related puns, such as Purrcilla's name, the fact that the memory game is called "Murrmory", and the developers being called the "developaws".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I. Am. Oakenpaw."
  • Red Riding Hood Replica: Hood is a cat who wears a red hooded cape. Like the girl in the fairytale, she comments about how she wants to visit her grandma, and one of her lines advises against trusting strangers, which is a reference to Little Red Riding Hood's encounter with the wolf.
  • Santa Claus: Santa Paws is the feline version.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Sibuna is the anti-Anubis; her name is the reverse of "Anubis", and she's a cat associated with life as opposed to a canid associated with death.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Stock Animal Name: Snowball.
  • Suicidal Pacifism: The Zenpaws refuse to fight for any reason and are reluctant to even give an item that others may use for fighting. Even they have to admit that perhaps talking doesn't always help, but they still won't get involved in the fighting themselves. The Whiskers and Mighty Lions tend to see them as useless for this reason.
  • Superhero Episode: The annual "Call of Heroes" event involves the characters dressing up in hero/villain costumes and behaving as such.
  • Thieves' Guild: The Whiskers guild is one. The story mode has your cats stealing from them to earn their respect.
  • Tuckerization: Hoshi, a healer, is named after Castle Cats fan (and nurse) Hoshi Sasayaku.
  • When Trees Attack: One possible enemy you may face in battles is a Tree Monster.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Conan and bats.