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Game #2503
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Nine Lives of Secret Agent Kat, The    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Adventure   Traditional first-person

Rating: 5.6 (5 votes)

Nine Lives of Secret Agent Kat, The box cover

Nine Lives of Secret Agent Kat, The screenshot
The Nine Lives of Secret Agent Kat is one of the most obscure and underrated shareware adventure games of all time. Designed by Bill Fisher, of The Last Half of Darkness fame, Nine Lives uses a tweaked version of the same game engine. The plot is simple: you control a party of four secret agents, who must infiltrate a super-secret lab to steal a super-secret document (duh). Despite this typical espionage plot, Nine Lives is full of interesting plot twists and excellent atmosphere that Last Half of Darkness fans will enjoy.

Gameplay is similar to Last Half, but with some significant enhancements. The screen is still divided into four major sections: scene graphics, list of exits, action menu, and a description box. This time, icons have replaced action words in the menu, and pictures of your four agents are displayed at the bottom along with what they are holding. Most puzzles, as one can expect from an espionage game, involve the use of high-tech gadgetry and your agents’ abilities. You can call up the HQ for some hints on what to do next, and combine some inventory items together. Agent Kat is the name of the team’s leader, who must be kept alive at all costs to continue the game. Each agent has a “health bar” similar to RPG titles, and can be wounded by enemy bullets, etc.

With an interesting blend of RPG and adventure elements and some solid puzzles The Nine Lives of Agent Kat is well worth a look for anyone looking for a fun, unassuming spy adventure. It certainly does not live up to Last Half of Darkness in terms of atmosphere or plot, but it has plenty of charm all its own, especially considering the shareware status. Thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Bill Fisher
Developer: SoftLab Laboratories
Publisher: SoftLab Laboratories
Year: 1991
Software Copyright: SoftLab Laboratories
Theme: Organized forces, Mystery, Shareware
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Last Half of Darkness, Murder Club, Mission: Impossible

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