Phil

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  1. I agree that the introduction of Gang Milestones (with accompanying Gang Rewards) .. and a Gang Contributions table .. has made Zeptolab’s trio of CATS events (All Stars, Grand Prix and Scrap Run) more interesting. This is because they have effectively turned individual events into gang events, as well. I disagree, however, that the Gang Contributions table is “somewhat similar” to the My Gang tab. The Gang Contributions (GC) table is only available during events. As frequent as events are these days, their combined average duration is less than 50% of a 24 hour CATS day. So the GC table would not be available most of the time you’re playing CATS ! On the other hand, the My Gang tab is available all the time .. showing not just trophies scored in gang fights, but also who is online, and therefore ready for CK battle ⚔️ . As you correctly point out, the My Gang tab has an added feature .. you can fight the normal car (in Garage 1) of each of your gang members. If you wish to fight the ultimate cars of gang members (which is a great idea 💡) .. it would make much more sense to add this feature to the My Gang tab. This tab is always available ! I would go one step further. As a gang leader who has spent countless hours counting CK cars .. I have long advocated a “traffic light” system to record CK car status. Each gang member would have 3 coloured dots beside his name in the My Gang tab .. green for on the board, orange for currently healing, and red for available to play. This system enables gang leaders and seniors to instantly see who has cars available to fight, and how many cars are healing .. vital CK information that is simply not available in-game currently. See below for the two simple changes that I would make to the My Gang tab .. 1. 3 coloured dots for the CK “traffic light” system (I have shown a few examples, but every member would be “dotted”) 2. a second “arrow” (next to the traffic lights 🚦) .. enabling you to fight gang member’s ultimate cars (every member would be “arrowed”)
  2. Hi General There are plenty of users still around on the Forum (ie guests) .. just not many members (for reasons you mention .. 1. many older members/players have quit the game .. and 2. new members are not allowed) I regularly check on guests visiting the Forum .. at times there are over 300 reading articles from the “library” (see screenshot below) ! These statistics 📈 indicate that this Forum remains very much alive .. and that as many CATS players are here, as are on CATS discord ! As I have noted before, there are no alternatives to the Forum. CATS discord should be renamed CATS Instagram .. a mostly meaningless and never-ending stream of screenshots posted by try-hard noobs (showing their position in the latest event, the contents of a recent gang box, etc .. WHO CARES ?) Telegram and Reddit do not have even a significant minority of CATS players using their platforms .. and could not be described in any way as a widely accessed, public forum for players to analyse the game ! In the absence of the excellent and lively discussion of key CATS issues that used to take place on this Forum, players unfortunately have been reduced to writing to CATS Support ! Emails to Support are now the ONLY WAY to get key issues considered. Most unfortunate .. because Support emails are not publically accessible .. and are not, therefore, widely discussed. There is a simple solution .. allow new members, and take steps (with incentives provided) to reinvigorate this Forum 😀
  3. Happy New Year 🥳 Goodbye to 2020 👋 Welcome to better days ahead 😀 In a rare act of generosity, Zeptolab have helped us to welcome in the New Year with FREE GIFTS 🎁 (see below) Hopefully, their benevolence will continue .. and they will never repeat the matchmaking of Meowscow 3 .. the worst of the 10 cities held to date ! Continuous competition against strong opponents has been ridiculously time consuming, exhausted ultimate tool box stocks, depleted gem reserves .. and ensured that Meowscow 3 will be the longest running city since the new city end system was introduced (countdown clock starts once 10 gangs have completed District 10). With vaccines beginning to roll out in several parts of the world, there is genuine hope that Covid 19 will gradually be subdued in 2021 💉 In the Cativerse, I am hopeful that Meowscow 3 matchmaking is also consigned to the dustbin of history ! Here’s to a much better 2021 🥂
  4. Ho Ho Ho 🎅 Shortly after mothballing my Santa’s sleigh, Zeptolab delivered a very rare gift 🎁. Two gifts in fact ! The first was an enhancement to the sleigh 🛷.. providing an extra gadget slot, more power and slightly more base health. Enough to make Santa’s sleigh OP again ? Probably not .. but at least this body is more competitive again 😀 Second, Zeptolab gave away 3 Santa’s sleigh parts as a Christmas present 🎁. Not overly generous .. but a welcome change from their usual role .. playing Scrooge at Christmas 🎄 Had they been more generous, Santa’s sleigh may have become my first level 14 ultimate part !
  5. Merry Christmas to all at this wonderful time of the year 😀 1. Santa’s Sleigh is rarely seen these days .. Santa 🎅 was forced to mothball it after Zeptolab kept releasing more and more OP bodies 😂 2. The Genie’s 🧞‍♀️ lamp (Magic Lamp) is a gadget that nullifies other gadgets like the Frost Sprinkler and Flue .. you can get it in regular ultimate boxes.
  6. OR WILL IT ? Friends of the Forum .. UNITE ! All Forum Friends should write to Zeptolab Support as soon as possible to register their vote for the Forum to continue ✍️ Regardless of its recent decline, the Forum is clearly a LIBRARY of over 14,000 “articles” that document the history of the game of CATS. New players, even if they can’t become new members of the Forum, can access this rich history as guests of the Forum. And THOUSANDS of players do exactly this on a weekly basis 📖 Friends of the Forum .. the history of the game of CATS MUST be preserved at all costs ! If lost .. it will be lost forever ! Very few games indeed have their own LIBRARY. The game of CATS has evolved considerably over the past 3.5 years .. and that evolution is captured for posterity by this Forum. It is one of relatively few things that Zeptolab has got right in creating and developing CATS ! Friends of the Forum .. here is your chance to make a difference .. VOTE 🗳 1️⃣ for the Forum to continue by writing to Zeptolab Support 😀 Thank you 🙏
  7. The demise of this Forum has been the most popular new topic recently .. ironic, don’t you think 😂 I’m sure there are many reasons for it .. but the single most annoying reason is the fact that Zeptolab now actively prevents new members from joining the Forum 😡 They have sabotaged the Forum they created 😱 There’s a great line in a well known movie 🎥 .. “if you build it, they will come” 😀 Sadly, the reverse is also true ! If you tear it down, they will not come 😭 Zeptolab have destroyed this Forum .. just as surely as they are destroying the game of CATS ! Meowscow 3 has been the most disgraceful City Kings competition ever run by these clowns 🤡 The Forum could easily be resurrected .. but there is no money in it for Zeptolab ! And the ONE thing we know about Zeptolab ? They are solely motivated by money 💵 For the record .. here is how the Forum could be restored to its former glory ..
  8. Now why would you want to do that, GhostMan ? As I’ve said before, CATS discord is more active .. but 95% of the content on that site is horrendous 😱 This Forum is the ONLY PLACE where decent analysis of CATS takes place .. and it should be reinvigorated .. rather than left to die ⚰️ Zeptolab could do two simple things to restore life to this Forum .. 1. Remove the ridiculous approval process they introduced for Forum membership. Such a process is pointless .. and totally unnecessary. It has restricted new membership for no good reason 👎 2. Provide incentives for Forum participation. This is already done to encourage players to watch the awful YouTube videos produced by Zeptolab on a weekly basis. And prizes are also provided on a weekly basis for best battle videos. Why not run a CATS quiz on the Forum .. also with weekly prizes ? With a little effort and imagination, this Forum could be returned to its former glory 😀
  9. Hi sonic It’s not as difficult as you think to achieve over 5,000 hp at stage 5 metal. My pyramid below has slightly more hp than your opponent above .. and it’s possible to build stronger cars with either more toolboxes or more super/legendary parts. The pyramid body below is substantially, but not fully leveled up, to provide base health of just over 1,500 hp. Significant increases in health are generated by the legendary blade (120% to pyramid) .. and the two toolboxed knobs. If I was fortunate enough to have a legendary knob (120% to pyramid), I would achieve over 6,000 hp with this build 😀 In summary, all things are possible with enough legendary parts and toolboxes !
  10. Technically it’s a bug (because a medal sometimes shows against a player who has not beaten you in the Championship). However, this situation ONLY occurs during the Scrap Run. When a bolt is added to a player, a medal is also added .. enabling you to fight that player for the bolt (without having to fight all players). If you beat the player, a message comes up .. “ You’ve already won this opponent’s medal “. Time and again, this happens during the Scrap Run. In the screenshots below, it’s clear from the 14 medals I have, that I’ve beaten all opponents ! Yet the two players with bolts also have medals ! When I fight either of these players .. the message below appears. Just part of the structure of the Scrap Run .. the best individual player event offered by Zeptolab 😀
  11. Hi po_teletubbie Always great to hear from you 😀 The problem with the CATS discord server is that it’s not a place for serious analysis of the game 🧐 Discord chat moves on so quickly in the main (general) channel that meaningful conversations are almost impossible (which is why they are so rare !) As GreedyCat said .. CATS discord has become the “Instagram” of the game. Lots of relatively new players posting endless screenshots/videos of the latest parts they have acquired, or battles they have fought. More like primary school “show and tell” than a place where senior players can discuss much needed improvements that Zeptolab should be implementing. The fact is both the Forum and CATS discord should be promoted by Zeptolab .. because they serve different purposes. Sadly, Zeptolab seem quite happy to see this Forum wither on the vine 🍇 .. and by denying new members, they are actively speeding up the process 😡
  12. Are you sure, GhostMan ??? From what Zeptolab have shown of Evo Pop on their website, the gameplay appears to be nothing at all like CATS ! Do you have more information to share ? I have tried both Bullet Echo and Robotics since their release .. neither are even close to being as good as CATS. I must admit I’m expecting Evo Pop to be equally disappointing 👎 CATS has plenty of problems right now .. but the game’s fundamentals are excellent ! If only Zeptolab spent more time fixing CATS .. and less time developing other third rate games .. many CATS players would be a lot happier 😀
  13. Very interesting 🤔 How did you find this mysterious WhitneyEvans ? Great detective work 🕵️‍♂️ I’ve been trying to find a list of Forum members for a long time .. but no idea where it’s hidden away 🤷‍♂️ Whitney .. if you read this, please reply .. and tell me how you managed to become a member of this Forum ! My alter-ego .. Silver Fox 🦊 .. is eagerly waiting to join !
  14. Never fear GhostMan .. Halloween will be here ! Last year there were two events staged around the time of Halloween 🎃 👻 First there was a Grand Prix event (finishing on 28 October) .. followed by an All Stars event (finishing on 2 November). The All Stars event would have started just prior to Halloween (31 October). So .. as well as facing children eager to get their hands on your candy .. rest assured that Zeptolab will be as determined as ever to get their hands on your money ! Unlike the kids, Zeptolab don’t have to wear costumes for Halloween .. they’re always dressed as witches 🧙‍♀️, evil wizards 🧙‍♂️ etc .. it’s their corporate uniform 😂
  15. ... with quite a bit of help from Zeptolab ! Not only are Zeptolab steadily and surely ruining the game of CATS .. and City Kings in particular .. but they have also contributed significantly to killing off this Forum by not allowing new members to join 😡 Almost 4 months ago I created a second account .. and applied to join the Forum. I was informed that an approval process had been introduced .. and to wait for that approval. Two weeks later I wrote to Support .. following up on what was going on ! Support’s response was truly surprising .. “ The Forum isn’t active anymore, so we recommend to join our Discord server ...” 😱 (if you don’t allow new members to join, the Forum can’t possibly become active again .. because so many old members have left the game !) In the absence of new members .. and with old members dwindling away .. I, NotANewb and you are destined to remain the top 3 contributors to this Forum, until death we do part 😀
  16. For about the last 3 days, Zeptolab have been running one of their Ultimate Ticket events 😡 These events are staged every 3 months or so (from memory) .. and are nothing more than yet another cynical cash grab 💰 by Zeptolab ! The ultimate ticket limit has temporarily been increased to 15 (from 5) .. but much more significantly, there is an offer to buy ultimate tickets (10 tickets, gems and other goodies). Clearly, a number of p2w players are buying this offer .. and not just once ! The impact on recent ultimate leagues is very clear .. the points score required to make the top 8 has increased substantially .. and well beyond the free ticket limit in most cases ! F2p competitors in ultimate leagues will therefore be unlikely to finish in the top 8 for the duration of this Ultimate Ticket event ☹️ The only good news is that this totally pointless event (other than lining Zeptolab’s pockets with more ill-gotten gain) ends in less than 2 days. Normal ultimate league competition will then resume 😀
  17. GreedyCat You are undoubtedly an optimist .. and often provide interesting, alternative views on the state of the game 😀 On this occasion, however, I am reminded of a famous quote from an iconic Australian movie 🎥 (The Castle) .. “ tell him he’s dreaming” 😂 Why do I think you’re dreaming ? 1. It is simply not possible for f2p (free to play) players to reach level 13 on all ultimate parts. A significant number of crucial ultimate parts can ONLY be purchased, or obtained from events (All Stars, Grand Prix, Scrap Run). For example, I have a significant number of level 13 parts, but don’t have the stop sign 🛑 at all ! 2. Ultimate toolboxes are not evenly distributed among players ! The most valuable 40% toolboxes (lasting 36 hours) are reserved for gang members who win CK matches in District 10. Gangs reaching District 10 in City Kings invariably have significant numbers of p2w players. 3. As a longer term player, you are out of touch with more recent developments in the game. Sadly, new players are now subjected to forced ads .. these ads literally do pop up during normal game play, and they are incredibly frustrating 😡 The good news is that you can remove them .. for AUD 2.99 (in the case of my new alternative account). Another nice little earner for Zeptolab 💰. Rather than fantasising that CATS is still as enjoyable to play as it was in 2017 and early 2018, why not “join the revolution” .. and contribute to making CATS a better game for all of us ?
  18. Hi there Brunno Roughly translated into English, I understand that you said .. Update the blue paws, I have 1210 and I have nothing to do with them Could add to supreme machines A few points to note 📝 .. 1. The issue of blue paws (skill points) has been extensively debated on this Forum (including in the last post in the Ideas Section). 2. Adding skills to supreme machines (which I take to be ultimate machines) is problematic .. because it would only increase the gap between long term players and new players (in terms of the relative strength of their cars). 3. For a number of reasons (including fairness and ease of implementation), I favour converting unused skill points into gems 💎. A simple solution to the skill points problem may encourage Zeptolab to act 😀.
  19. Good to hear from you again Flyfisher 😀 It’s true that CATS isn’t for everyone .. but I still enjoy it .. and there are so many video games out there that are so much worse ! That said, Zeptolab continue to ruin CATS as a competitive game for those of us who remain f2p (free to play) ☹️ To be a top 100 player (ultimate league) or a top 100 gang (city kings) you now have to be p2w (pay to win). In the case of city kings (CK), your gang must either have players who have bought offers to enhance their ultimate cars, or who buy heals/scouts during a match to gain a competitive advantage. The rationale for spending money on a game that offers no monetary reward is very difficult to understand .. but it seems like more and more players are prepared to do this ! I can only hope that many of these players also get girlfriends 😂 Fellow Foxes 🦊 (ranked #116 in CK) recently played the #100 ranked gang. We were completely overpowered .. illustrating the significant gap between p2w and f2p gangs (despite just 16 places separating us on the CK leaderboard). Until there are separate CK divisions for p2w and f2p gangs, this “competition” will continue to be a joke 🤡.
  20. I’ve been playing CATS actively and continuously since 27 May 2017 .. just over 3 years now 😀. Despite advancing to Prestige 77, I find that the top pay to win players have ultimate cars that are virtually unplayable ! Fortunately, our gang doesn’t play the top 10 gangs very often 😂. I do my best to compete .. and that’s all I ask of any Fox 🦊 The screenshot below (from an earlier post in this topic) provides the discord server link for Fellow Foxes 🦊 .. one of the very few original gangs that still has some original members, and is still competitive in City Kings as we contest our 8th city 😀
  21. Hi Satrancci Welcome back 😀 CATS has changed a lot since it was first launched over 3 years ago ! While trophies remain important, City Kings (CK) is now the only meaningful competition for gangs. As a result, the strength of your ultimate cars .. and playing CK actively .. are the two key criteria for getting into a good gang. Communication during CK matches has also become increasingly important .. and Zeptolab’s in-game chat remains woefully unfit for purpose ! Joining discord will therefore be very helpful, particularly if you aspire to join a top 100 CK gang. My gang .. Fellow Foxes 🦊 .. is currently ranked #116 in City Kings (and #110 on trophies). Maintaining a spot in the top 100 of City Kings is a tough gig these days, as CATS has become increasingly pay to win (p2w). You either need to spend money 💵 .. or play very actively .. to remain a competitive player. Good luck 😀
  22. Hi GreedyCat There was indeed a major server crash that affected most, if not all, gang functions .. including City Kings and gang fighting ! The official announcements on the CATS discord server are shown below. Some (small) compensation to all players for the inconvenience would be greatly appreciated .. but I’m not holding my breath 😂
  23. LOL chimbombo 😂 1. Lasers hit with 2.5 times the face value of their damage ! (although the damage dealt by toolboxes added to lasers was changed quite a while ago). 2. In the video above, Tyler quite clearly one-shots his opponent .. while adma’s laser doesn’t fire at all ??? 3. The $64 question is why does Tyler’s laser fire first ? The accepted answer is that this is randomly determined .. the same result applies for the duration of a Championship .. but the outcome can be changed by changing parts on your car, and re-fighting your opponent. 4. Good news ! This “problem” is rarely encountered .. even in ultimate league, where I still use a traditional whale and laser (even though this combination is fast becoming an endangered species) 😂
  24. Please allow me to make a few points in response to the above comments on this issue. 1. By far the most valuable use of paw points would be to allow their conversion into gems ! The currency of CATS is gems .. and with gems, you can do anything in the game (generate ultimate cash, improve normal cars, buy ultimate parts, etc). So Presto’s suggestion of 20 gems per paw point is an excellent one .. easy to implement, and valuable to all players 🏆 2. I agree with TheMexican that CATS is a great game .. but reform is still urgently needed ! However, none of that reform should involve normal cars .. because normal cars are a mere sideshow to the main event. Ultimate cars are the only cars that matter in CATS ! To make any changes to normal cars would be a total waste of scarce development resources at Zeptolab ! 3. I disagree strongly that Zeptolab are doing a “fantastic job” with CATS. They are clearly making City Kings (the premier and only important gang competition .. in fact, the only important competition in the game) more and more pay to win .. and that is a great pity indeed ! There is no balance whatsoever in a CK match between a top 10 gang and any other gang below top 25. 4. So it’s a NAY from me ! Rather than wasting time on the trivia of normal car design, paw points should be convertible into gems, and Zeptolab should focus on creating multiple CK divisions (with paid healing eliminated from lower divisions). Playing CK will then become fun again .. rather than the lop-sided, uncompetitive farce that most CK matches have become ☹️ Can we dare to dream ? 😀
  25. Hi Jacklost The new maximum prestige level is 80. So .. 21 prestige levels to go 😀