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ONM Remembered – #143

“FEATURING: FAST, FURIOUS, FUNKY, FELINE FREEDOM FIGHTERS ON A MISSION TO ERATICATE A PLAGUE OF RAMPAGING RODENTS READY TO TAKE OVER THE PLANET”


from Official Nintendo Magazine issue 86 (November 1999)

I never played it much, and I’ve never exactly been in a rush to go back to it, nor have I ever held it in high regard while playing it… but for some reason, I’ve always had a soft spot for Rat Attack.
As an action-puzzle game, it’s pretty simple – you’ve got these rats zoopin’ outta every hole and tryin’ to chew the living room a new butthole, so you trap them in magic grids and deposit them in rat deposit pads. Do that enough times and the exit appears. Sure, there’s traps, obstacles, time limits and gimmick mice to impede your progress, but that’s the game in a nutshell. It’s fair enough!
You also go to ancient Egypt for some reason. The explanation eludes me.

Perhaps what intrigues me most about the game is its promotional website, that included gameplay information, character bios, development updates, and for some baffling reason, is actually still online and mostly functional! The updates have amusing remarks from the staff, and there’s also a series of animations that allegedly provide back-story for each of the playable cats, though being Flash cartoons from before the turn of the millennium, they’re not exactly works of art. I appreciate the thought, though!