Review: Stray explained to parents

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What parents need to know

Finally, your dream of becoming a cat comes true. Stray puts you in the shoes of a cute red cat who has been separated from his family of cats. In order to find her, he will have to explore an underground city inhabited by robots and Zurks: very cute creatures, but also very dangerous. You’ll climb buildings, make your claws on carpets, and flee the Zurks.

Stray Shared Screen BoxartRelease date: July 19, 2022

Developed by: BlueTwelve Studio
Published by: Annapurna Interactive
Available on: PlayStation 4 and 5, PC

Type of game: adventure

Average duration of a game:30 minutes

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
5 to 8 hours

Themes: Exploration, kittens, dystopian future

Business model:
Just need to buy the game once.

Languages available:
French and English (texts, no voice)
Number of players:
1 player

– in digital format (download on console or PC)
-in physical format (PlayStation 5 only) available from September 20, 2022
Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+

The game is quite easy. You may feel a little lost at certain points in the game, however, this is part of the experience.

Violence, fear, nudity?
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The main enemies, the Zurks, will pursue you to eat you. When they catch you, you see the kitten collapsing on the ground, but there is no blood. Some sections of the game have environments that could scare younger children.

Language level used
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No problem, the language is very light.

Positive message
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The characters are always ready to help the cat achieve its goal.

Minimum reading level required
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There are many texts to read to understand the history of the game. Requires several years of experience in reading.

Additional costs ?
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Minimum level of execution on the controller required
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Requires using a few buttons on the controller. Most of the time, you just have to run, jump and explore. On the other hand, the 3D camera can be complex to handle for people who are not used to navigating in a 3D environment.

Principle of the game

You play as a cat that has been separated from her family, and your goal is to find her. You are helped by B-12, an amnesiac robot that allows other characters to communicate with you.

This game is particularly adorable. You can meow, scratch the walls, shoot carpets, climb tables, and climb buildings.

You will also spend a good part of the game exploring an underground city inhabited by robots. It is by exploring the city and what surrounds it that you will be able to find clues that will help you find your family. There are also several secrets to discover in the game.

Local game mode

There is only one game mode that includes the main quest.

No online game mode


Although Stray is a fairly short game, it is a lot of fun to play it and play as a cat. Many will recognize their own pets in the main character. The cat has the same mimics and behaviors as a real cat, which is quite comical in itself. The mysterious atmosphere of the game leads us to reflect on what happened in the past. The game is quite light, but there are a few sequences that could scare younger children. However, both teenagers and adults will undoubtedly appreciate it.


More information about the game: official website of the game.

About François Néron

Étudiant à la maitrise en orientation professionnelle, François a un intérêt pour tout ce qui concerne le développement de la carrière et l'emploi. Il a une passion marquée pour les jeux vidéo, mais aussi pour la psychologie qui les entoure.

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