Cattac is a very clever little Sokoban-esque puzzler where you have to plan your actions forwards and backwards to beat it’s intricate time rewinding puzzles.
Cattac’s title is a palindrome for a reason – to solve each puzzle you have to think about your movements forwards and in reverse. In each level you control a little cat who can only move a set amount of steps to open up pathways and reach the level exit. It’s usually impossible to reach the exit with your first set of steps, but you can rewind your movements, making you retrace your steps, interacting with blocks and switches that you meet along the way.
Moveable blocks are unaffected by your time rewinding, so unless you touch them on your way back then they’ll stay in the place you left them during your previous set of steps. You can only rewind time once or twice per level so you really need to plan your actions so that every movement you make (forwards and backwards) during your first sets of movements will help you reach the exit on your final one.
It may sound a little complicated, but it’s quite easy to grips with the core gameplay as you play the game. That’s not to say it’s easy though – the puzzles are all very well designed and require some serious thought and planning to solve. Your actions in reverse are just as important as your actions going forward so you have to think about the consequences of your movements in both directions. This can lead to some wonderfully creative puzzle design as you guide your little cat to the exit. Highly recommended.
Download Cattac Here (Windows)