Paname works because it’s simple, clean and poetic. It’s actually less a cat game than it is a game starring a cat, or more specifically: a Parisian cat.
All you need to do in Paname (aka Paris) is to jump from rooftop to rooftop and cover as much distance as possible. By the way, you are the cat and the cat has a mustache, like all French cats would. I don’t know why that’s the case, but it is, so the sooner you accept that fact, the sooner you can relax and enjoy Paname.
What makes Paname work so well is the look and feel (classic Parisian art style) and what could have been just an endless side scroller, is instead set up as an endless wheel. This makes the game’s controls simple and easy to play with one hand. Or to keep it even simpler, Paname can be played with just one thumb. Just keep on swiping as the French capital’s most famous landmark’s scroll by: the Eiffel Tower, l’Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, etc. They’re all there, just don’t get distracted or you might miss a rooftop.