Developer: Gonzalo Oxenford
Price: free Download on the App Store
The object of the puzzle game Catcha Mouse from Odasoft is to prevent the mouse from getting into a mouse hole by blocking his way with mousetraps. You and the mouse each get to make one move at a time. There are over 100 levels, and you can play in easy, medium or hard mode.
Catcha Mouse is both cute and challenging. The cartoonish mouse is adorably odd, with one big eye that bulges out and gives you an angry stare when he is trapped. Keeping the mouse out of the holes is a lot harder than it looks. You will think you have blocked his path to one hole only to realize that you accidentally guided him safely to another hole. The good news is that you get to keep trying until you beat the mouse. The bad news is that there is no answer key if you get stuck.
I personally enjoyed the challenge of re-thinking my strategy when the mouse outwitted me, and at each level (I chose to play medium difficulty) I was able to eventually figure out how to win after at most ten tries. If you give up temporarily, you can pick up where you left off when you return to the game. I did not find an answer key necessary for Catcha Mouse, but for those who need help, I did find plenty of people willing to give tips online on the app’s iTunes feedback pages.
I am not fond of Catcha Mouse’s sound effects, even though they were recently modified to be more appropriate in the latest version. When the mouse wins a round, you are met with mocking canned laughter. You do have the option to turn off the sound in Catcha Mouse.
Overall, I like Catcha Mouse and I plan to keep playing it. Catcha Mouse is fun and thought-provoking, without being frustrating. And everybody likes the satisfaction of catching a mouse.