Strawdog Studios' Simon’s Cat Crunch Time is made for lazy Sunday afternoons. Amazing artwork, lovely kitty animation, adorable cats and a simple, yet addicting gameplay will go very well with casual gamers, especially those who like relaxing puzzle games. Your goal is to feed your kitties by linking three or more treats of the same color. And because you will be connecting food items instead of swapping them, there will be no fixed matching pattern required in this game. There’s only one requirement – treats should be "linkable", i.e. placed in a way that you can drag your finger to connect them. This unique link-to-match feature will definitely appeal to match-3 puzzle fans.
Check out our gameplay video below to know how to play Crunch Time:
When matching colorful food items, focus on a cat’s food needs. Kitties on the top of the game board will have a speech bubble above them. Each speech bubble will show what type of food a kitty wants. So if a cat wants a heart-shaped item, then you will have to connect all heart-shaped treats to feed her. Along with feeding the right food type, you will also have to collect a certain number of items to fully satisfy a kitty’s hunger. Once all foods are collected, the cute little animated cat gorges on food, which is probably the most gratifying sight on Earth.
If you have just started playing Simon’s Cat: Crunch Time, then these quick tips and strategies will help you feed all kitties. You will also learn how to make the most of special treats to collect food items faster.
1. Keep Calm and Match Treats
Feeding cats is super easy. You just have to create a chain of items by dragging your finger over cat food. However, as you progress, levels will throw various challenges towards you.
Game board layouts will be designed in such a way that it will force you to jog your brain cells before creating a chain of treats. Thankfully, there are no timers, so you can take your time hunting for a bigger chain for your hungry kitties. Patience is the key to complete all puzzles, so think before creating a chain.
2. How to Make Special Treats
Special treats will help you clear more number of objects on the game board. To make a special item appear on the game board, you will have to create a long chain. You will have to link at least 6 treats of the same color to create a line blaster. The longer the chain, the more number of special treats you can create all at once. So if you link 10 or 11 items of the same color, you will be able to create two line blasters.
In Simon’s Cat Crunch Time, there’s only one type of special treat – line blaster. You can create a horizontal and a vertical line blaster. When a special treat line blaster is linked with two or more common treats of the same color, it clears a row or column of items depending on the line drawn on it. A horizontal line on a special treat suggests that it will clear a row of objects, whereas a vertical line indicates that it will clear a column of objects.
3. Match a Special Treat Carefully
Yes that’s right. A special treat can help you collect the much-needed food type for your kitty. Simple speaking, you can take advantage of it to collect those foods that you need. Here how you can do this:
Once a special treat is created, you can activate it by linking it with two or more common treats of the same color. When you drag your finger to link them, keep in mind that a special treat clears the last line you touch.
Example: There’s a special treat on row 3, another on row 4 and the last one on row 5 and all three of them can be linked diagonally. When you drag your finger from row 3 to row 5, the fifth row will be cleared as the last treat was placed on the fifth row. If you want to clear row three (which may have more number of treats for one of your cats), just link all three, but you will need to drag your finger from row five to row three.
Along with the placement of the last treat, check the line drawn on your special treat and then make your move. The line suggests whether your special treat will clear a row or column (explained in Tip No. 2)
4. Don’t Run Out of Moves: Look for a Long Chain of Treats
While there are no time limits, there certainly is a move limit. You will have to feed all cats before running out of moves. The move counter is displayed at the upper-left corner of the screen. If you want to finish a level with a few moves still remaining, then the best way to do this is create a long chain or treats. So if cat no. 1 wants 8 fish-shaped food, then try to create a long chain of at least 4-5 fish treats in one move. This way, you can feed him in two moves. Also focus more on creating special treats as they will help you clear an entire row or column in one move. Remember: The longer the chain, the faster you can finish a level before the move counter hits zero.
5. How to get Rid of Rodents
To get rid of rodent(s), just remove all burrows as soon as possible. You will have to match treats close to burrows to remove them. You will have to do this before running out of moves, so aim to create longer chains.
A rodent scuttles from one burrow to another. When he peeks from a burrow, just match treats that are near the rodent to stun him. He won’t move for one turn. This way you can constrict his movement while removing all burrows one by one. You will defeat him once you get rid of the last burrow.
6. Complete Achievements to Get Gold
Gold coins are premium currency. You can buy boosters using gold. You will have to spend real money to buy gold, but there’s one free way to get them. All you have to do is complete achievements. Tap the trophy icon on the bottom of your home screen to see a list of achievements, which range from finishing a certain boss level to reaching a score target.
Number of gold coins can be seen just beside each achievement. Just complete an achievement and tap the claim button to collect gold.
7. Send and Receive Lives from Friends
Have you run out of lives and want them right now? Well, I can understand your impatience given that this game is so addicting. What you can do is connect to Facebook. Chances are that your Facebook buddies are playing this game. You can request lives from them via the app or send them to your friends if they run out of lives. There’s another advantage of connecting your game to this social networking site: You get 5 bonus lives. Just tap the envelope icon and connect to Facebook to get lives for free.