Simon’s Cat (Free) is undoubtedly an adorable app. The question is, rather, is this app for you? It’s basically a mash-up of Simon’s Cat-like art and Doodle God (which was among our suggestions for great vacation apps). You combine on-screen items to “alchemically” create new objects. The cat purrs, plays, and is generally sweet and cute.

After playing with the app, I rather like it, but with certain caveats. First, I found it really hard to play on the iPhone — it really needs the iPad’s bigger screen because the manipulatable objects are just too freaking small.

Second, I had a hard time with items being dragged offscreen, before I figured out that big swipes across the play surface would reveal hidden items. After hearing my grunts of frustration, my daughter was all “What’s the prob, mom?” and I was all, “I lost my cat!” And she was all, “But we never had a cat.”

As with the Doodle God series, you drag items onto other items to create new items, and it’s a bit of a puzzle to figure out what creates what (e.g. mew, not to be confused with meow or purr, plus open box = cat in the box, i.e. the cat has to tell you “Peon, you may put me in the box now” because if you try to drag the cat into the box otherwise, well, any cat owner can tell you how that story ends.)

There’s a deeply annoying soundtrack, which you can easily disable and independent cat sound controls, so your virtual pet can keep purring without the lounge music.

The free version of the app ships with 60 built-in puzzles. Buy the 40-puzzle expansion pack for US$0.99.

Lastly, the Simon’s Cat people are okay with the art. We checked.

Doodle Cat: Like “Simon’s Cat”, like “Doodle God”, but with cattitude originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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