Claw Takarajimasha / Monolith 1997

Claw follows the adventures of Captain Nathaniel J. Claw, a swashbuckling tabby cat whose life's work has been the defeat of the Cocker Spaniard Armada. After the cats are defeated in battle, Claw is thrown into a dark dungeon to await his execution where he finds a hidden note that tells of the legendary Amulet of Nine Lives and a map that will locate it and its nine powerful gems. The gameplay is the standard jump and run, kill bad guys and get treasure. However, never in the history of PC gaming has this been executed with such polish. The 14 beautiful levels are straightforward but there are quite a few divergent pathways and an abundance of fun tricks of the terrain unique to each level. In the first few, as Claw escapes the dungeon, you encounter many different types of bad guys as well as ladders, swinging vines, pits lined with spikes, and the obligatory moving and vanishing platforms. Some of the gimmicks in later levels include pools of water with man-eating (cat-eating) fish, jets of steam to ride, and flowing lava to dodge. As for weapons, he begins with a pirate's sword, a loaded musket, a few sticks of dynamite, and a couple uses of his Magic Claw power. These weapons can be replenished along the way, and his sword can be upgraded for short periods of time to shoot fire, ice, and lightening bolts. There are also caches of catnip hidden throughout the levels which enable Claw to dispatch his enemies faster and jump much higher. Claw can throw objects or even other enemies as well. The music, graphics, sound effects, funny sayings and gameplay that gets more and more difficult towards the end are all top-notch. After level 3, each level takes hours to complete, so there's lots of gameplay available.
2-Level Demo ~11Mb ( @ PC World)
Full Demo 51MB ( @ GamesWin)
CD ISO Demo 467MBDVD ISO Demo 1.06GB (both uploaded by Egon68)
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Claw English v1.0 and Backpacker Junior Danish v1.1 - Danish Custom ISO Demo 310MB (uploaded by Shattered)
v1.0 Clone ISO Demo 472MB (uploaded by Egon68)
Japanese ISO Demo (provided by Rodwod & upped by Scaryfun) 501MB

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