​Netflix Games review: Cats & Soup is obnoxiously cute

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​Netflix Games review: Cats & Soup is obnoxiously cute

Netflix has put many action-packed games on the platform. Platforming action, shooting action, talking action: it’s all there. But there is also a list of ‘Idler games’: these are games that are a bit more passive. Games where you don’t sit on the edge of your seat with your tongue hanging out of your mouth, but games where you can sit back and watch everything quietly. Among those games is Cats & Soup and that is fascinating. Cats, soup, how?

Cats & Soup

One person is extremely attracted to cute games, the other person has nothing to do with it. Now I belong to the first category, so I would like to get to know cats that are stirring a pot of soup and that also look very cute. Yet this game is not just about watching, it is also about doing: you have to sell soup that the cats make and with the coins you get for it you can purchase higher levels of soup making. You want that, because then the price of the soup can increase and you level up more and more.

You can also give the cats fun things, such as a trampoline, which will make them happier four-legged friends and make even happier soup. You can even give them a TV with Netflix. So you turn it into a whole cat and soup empire, where the cats work hard for you, while you earn money from them. Does it feel a bit mean? A little, but that’s why you buy them those appliances: it allows you to buy off your guilt before you force them to continue stirring again.

Too passive

The great thing about this hang-back game is that it’s really just that. It makes you happy because of the cuteness, it makes you zen because of the passivity. The cats will even continue to stir the soup if you don’t keep playing, so even if you don’t play for days or weeks, you will still earn money and can buy more stuff. It is also not a game that requires you to return every day: you can do it your way. Did you forget that app for a week? Doesn’t matter, no pressure.

As a still-Spongebob-Get-Cooking addict, I have a bit of a hard time with that passivity. Not that you necessarily want to be forced by a game to return every day, but in my opinion they could have at least added a story to the game. After all, it’s not really normal for cats to make soup, right? Or am I doing something wrong with my own cats?

In any case, don’t expect us to review another ‘Idle’ game anytime soon. It’s just a bit too passive. Well, my dear, that is beyond dispute.

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