Enjoyable platformer, with noticeable flaws
"Robot Wants Puppy" is a fairly accurate title of this pixelated platform game. You, the titular robot, set off with your cat buddy to brave an enormous dungeon full of monsters, deathtraps, and the occasional boss fight. Your cat can be thrown to latch on to enemies, who will then die after a few seconds if the enemy doesn't kill you first. This is easier said than done, as the enemy will almost always make a beeline directly at you as soon as it's hit with the cat. As soon as you get hit, you die instantly and travel back to the next checkpoint, meaning you have to start all over again at trying to kill a particular enemy. This, combined with certain endlessly respawning enemies preventing your navigation, makes getting through some corridors a test of accurate jumping and extreme patience.
Once your cat gets abilities like the ceiling climb and cat whistle, the game really hits it's stride with it's puzzle aspects. You will need flawless jump timing and precision to get past the trickier gaps, but the game never feels too difficult. There are some medals in the game, but with no reasonable hints as to how to collect them, trying to unlock them just feels like a waste of time. You should be able to reach the end in under an hour and a half.
The graphics feel very Cave Story-esque and the music definitely tries to recreate a classic 16-bit feel. Unfortunately the blocks feel washed out against the dark background, and the monster designs aren't exactly something to write home about. One particularly frustrating part was the boss battle for the seventh card key, which requires a game mechanic to win that is not so much as hinted at before or after the fight. Like many other players, I ended up consulting a guide to figure out how to get past this part. Why we couldn't actually get another intuitive, enjoyable boss like the first one is beyond me.
Despite it's faults, it's still a fairly fun game to play. If you're looking for a classical platforming romp, I recommend checking it out.