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  • svgJul 19, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Jump, Climb, Play, Run Away!

    Stray is a third-person cat adventure game where you get to navigate a ruined cybercity with droids and dangerous creatures. You’ll befriend small flying drone B-12, and together, escape said derelict place! The narrative and atmosphere may be a little dark but the gameplay is quite casual as a platformer.

    Stray is approximately 5 hours long with an ancient mystery and puzzles to solve. Although, you can spend a lot of your time climbing and jumping on rooftops, balancing on wires and beams, and just generally being a cat. Moreover, you may find toys to squeak, bottles to shove off ledges, other kitties to boop, and snoozes to take.

    Out Now on PC and PlayStation 4/5

    Stray is developed by BlueTwelve Studio and published by Annapurna Interactive. It is available as of today (July 19th, 2022) for PC (Steam) and PS4/PS5 exclusively — for a limited time.

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  • svgNov 7, 2020Feature

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    Time to frolic with our fuzzy feline friends with this list of the best cute games for cat lovers!

    As if kitties weren’t already cute enough, getting to interact with them in the digital world always seems to be just too cute for words. Whether they are just doing their usual dismissive thang with all that sass, or guiding you with the deep wisdoms of an unhindered stoic, cats always make for either a great addition to a game, or even the centerpiece of a grand adventure.

    Here are some games that I have found that fall into that category, but also bring some extra cuteness to the table.

    Calico

    This project started with a love for magical girls, cats, and a want to create a game that’s light, pink, cute, fluffy, and feminine. It also incorporates everything that’s enjoyable from a simulation game like Animal Crossing (furniture, decorations) but the animals will not leave/die, the shop will never close and the crops will not rot. The objective of the game is to make the town’s cat café active and full of cuddly creatures again such as cats, deer, raccoons, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes and more! For more Calico info head over here.

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    Cat Quest / Cat Quest II

    Cat Quest is an open world, action adventure RPG set in a world of cats, developed by The Gentlebros. The Cat Quest page on the Nintendo website (which is full of cat puns) explains how your player’s sister is kidnapped and you therefore embark on a journey to save her from the evil Drakoth. Available for only £9.99 on the Nintendo eShop, Cat Quest for Switch is a purr-chase your bank account won’t hate you for!

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    Snacko

    Snacko is a farming simulation game developed by an indie studio called bluecurse, based in Vancover, BC, Canada. The founders, husband and wife Jordan and Erisa, wanted to create a world “where cats rule the land” and so the project began in 2018. Snacko is expected to release sometime in the year 2021 for PC and Nintendo Switch. Get some more news on this cat-tactic game!

    Snacko Farming

    Night in the Woods

    Night in the Woods is an autumnal themed indie adventure game. Highly relatable to many, the game shows the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. After the protagonist, Mae Borowski drops out of college and returns to her hometown, she finds things as gloomy and hopeless as ever. But this time there’s something more. Strange and eery occurrences are happening. And there’s something in the woods. This charming game with beautiful music can be purchased for only £17.09 on the Switch eShop.

    Mineko’s Night Market

    Mineko’s Night Market is a cute cat-themed upcoming game for PC, Mac and Switch by Meowza games. You play as Mineko, a girl who has just moved to a superstitious island overrun with cats. The aim of the game is to find materials, craft items and sell them at the Night Market. You can befriend villagers, fish, undertake quests, play mini-games, plus more! Whilst it was initially hoped that the game would be released in late 2018, its release has now been pushed back until 2020.

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    Little Friends: Cats & Dogs

    Little Friends: Dogs & Cats is a pet simulation game for Nintendo Switch. The Nintendogs-esque game is set to be released in Japan on 6th December. The game allows players to reside and play with cats and dogs with “lifelike models, textures, expressions, and animations.”

    Stray

    STRAY originally started off as a concept called HK_Project. The premise being that players explored a strange/modern city as a stray cat. The few images and gifs that were floating about the internet became pretty popular and piqued the interest of many. A few years on, after many had forgot about HK_Project due to radio silence, the game made a surprising reappearance. On June the 11th 2020, an official announcement confirmed that the game, now entitled STRAY, will definitely be released. Even more excitingly, the game seems quite close to completion.

    Cattails

    Developed and published by Falcon Entertainment for PC, Mac and Linux on December 1st of 2017, the game has garnered very ‘paws-itive’ feedback since its release. Through the eyes of a cat, Cattails allows players to hunt for food, interact with other cats, gather herbs and explore an expansive world. Kotaku have said that “Cattails looks like Stardew Valley, except cats.” and IGN have said that Cattails is “an adorably silly game, but one that’s also a lot of fun.” Stardew Valley is arguably one of the most popular and beloved indie games among fans of the genre. Mixing the lovely farming game with the cuteness of cats just sounds like a lot of fun to me!

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    A Street Cats Tail

    Originally released on mobile and late on Steam, A Street Cats Tale is a slightly darker RPG that puts you in the role of a lost young cat. You must travel around the city, and meet all kinds of different individuals, in an effort to stay fed and find sanctuary. The game features a wide variety of NPC’s to interact with, each with their own stories to tell. How you interact with the world will also effect how the game ends, with over twenty different ending to experience.

    Catadel

    Catadel is a game about creating and growing a wonderful and productive town full of whimsical kitties. Each individual cat will have their own personality, desires, needs and general state of being. The well being of your towns inhabitants is of the utmost importance, so it is paramount that you fully engage with your community. Seeing as how one of the devs was an engineer for the The Sims, there even be an especially intuitive interaction system in the game, to help keep all your cat neighbors happy.

    Unfamiliar

    Unfamiliar is a relaxing fantasy adventure game where you take the form of a cat-witch who sets out to acquire magic ingredients from storybook worlds to craft items and create enchanting costumes. Explore enchanting storybook worlds and collect magical ingredients to craft costumes in Unfamiliar, a beautiful fantasy game coming to Steam on December 13th, 2019! Oh, and did I mention that you get to play as a magical cat!? Unfamilair is developed by Mana Tea Games, an indie game studio based in Melborne, Australia.

    Unfamiliar Cat

    Peace Island

    Starting out, you’ll be playing as the cat named Elizabeth. The day before, she was was coaxed into her pet taxi and dreading a trip to the veterinarian. She never sees the vet, though, instead falling asleep. When she awakes the next day, her human is nowhere to be found and the door is open. Throughout the game, you will meet 8 other cats. You’ll need to gain the trust of these cats and eventually gain their friendship. At different points, you will control each of the different cats. Each one has unique strengths, weaknesses, and roles. More info.

    Inbento

    Games that revolve around cats doing anything are sure to be just about as cute as it gets. Throw in a little bento box preparation and you have the recipe for an absolutely darling mobile game. Inbento is a little puzzle game about kitty-cats packing lunches, bento style. The object of the game is to match your lunch with the example given, the ultimate goal being to provide your family with wholesome nutrition. More info.

    Meow Motors

    Meow Motors is everything you would come to expect from a Kart Racing game. You drift and turn in hopes to claim the victory and much like Mario Kart you can also equip weapons to make your opponents life just a little harder. In Meow Motors every cat has its own kart that you can use to speed through the many tracks. There are also a total of three different game modes which you can compete in. Drift, in which you have to drift as best as you can through tight corners, Strike where you will need to destroy as many frags as possible and Circle Race which is the traditional racing mode.

    Meow Motors

    The Good Life

    Play as Naomi, a journalist from New York who moves to a backwoods British town called Rainy Woods in order to pay off her massive debt. The only way for her to escape from debt hell is to take pictures of happenings in the town and report on them. Of course, ‘the happiest town in the world’ is not your average town… The inhabitants of the happiest town in the world are some of the most bizarre people you’ll ever come across. You’ll live alongside them as you solve mysteries and experience a hearty helping of craziness. We’re sure that you’ll eventually come to love all the mystery, horror, and good old charm that this town has to offer. More info.

    You can transform into a cat in The Good Life.

    Pet Hotel

    In Pet Hotel, there are 5 different types of pets, with many colors and breeds between them. You can spend hours picking and choosing the perfect animals to have about your hotel. This title offers everything you’d expect from a quality pet SIM, including a ton of different interactions with the animals, as well as loads of toys and entertaining items for the each creature! More info.

    I and Me

    I and Me is a platform puzzle game developed by Chinese studio Wish Fang and published by Ratalaika Games. It was released for Nintendo Switch in Japan and PAL regions on July 6, 2017 and in North America on July 13, 2017. Controlling two cats simultaneously, the objective of the game is to get them both safely to the end of each level. Whilst initially fairly easy, having two characters perform exactly the same action makes it increasingly more difficult to complete the game’s 92 levels.

    Did I miss any?

    These are just the cute games involving cats that I could find. If you know of any other cute cat games, please let me know in the comments section!!

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  • svgFeb 8, 2020Indie Highlight

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    Developed by Peachy Keen Games and published by Whitethorn Digital. Calico is a magical, relaxed and family-friendly simulation game where players are given an opportunity to run their very own cat cafe.

    The game is expected to be released on Steam at some point during Summer 2020. The game will most likely release on the following platforms shortly afterwards:

    • Nintendo Switch
    • PlayStation 4
    • Xbox One
    • macOS
    • Macintosh operating systems

    About Calico

    Calico came about due to the game developer’s obsession with cats, magical girls and fluffy animals. However, wanting to create a game that would appeal to everyone, she also included creatures such as lizards, birds, deer, raccoons, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes, etc.

    She then shares about how she wanted to publish a game that would make players feel ‘soft, happy, cuddly and cozy’. If that wasn’t wholesome enough, she has said in an interview that she just wanted to create a game where the only goal is to have the best time possble.

    However, simply running the cat cafe is not the only things that players can do. The game also incorporates enjoyable aspects from other popular gaming franchises such as Animal Crossing. Similarities between Calico and Animal Crossing include the simulation aspects of both games, and the ability to place furnitire and decorations in your buildings. A perk about Calico however, is that the animals will not leave, the shop never closes, and crops never die.

    Calico Key Features

    • As all animals are interactive, players can explore the village to find cats and other animals, including raccoons, deer, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes, lizards, etc. The animals can be befriended, petted and played with
    • Players can ride on giant cats ( as you do? ?)
    • Run your café by filling it with animals, furniture and yummy café eats!
    • Use magic potions to change your animals and environment
    • Meet magical girls, witches and other townspeople who you can help and befriend

    According to the Steam Website, Calico won’t playable until at least Summer 2020. However, there’s no need to be disappointed, as you can play these cat-themed games in the meantime to tide you over 🙂

    For more updates on how the game is progressing, check their Twitter here.

    More Magic Games!

    Checkout Witchbrook the Stardew Valley of magic as well as Little Witch in the Woods and adorable magic and life simulation game!

    If you love life simulation games, take a looksie at this game about Japanese Rural Life!

    Japanese Rural Life Game
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  • svgJan 21, 2020News

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    Mineko’s Night Market is an upcoming cat-themed crafting adventure game that celebrates Japanese culture and is essentially about friendship, choices, and of course, cats. The indie game is being developed by Meowza Games, and being published by Humble Bundle, who will also publish upcoming games Forager and Ikenfell. 

    The exact date for the games release is yet to be determined, though the creator mentioned that it may possibly be early this year.   I thought I’d provide everyone with a detailed article on everything we know about this cute cat-filled creation!

    What is the game about?

    Playing as Mineko, a girl who has moved to a superstitious fishing town inundated with cats, you will uncover secrets whilst assiting Mineko in becoming a successful young entrepreneur. This can be done by completing tasks, undertaking quests and gathering resources in preparation for the weekly night market.

    Players can craft a variety of odd items, toys, and trinkets, which can then be sold to townsfolk (who are now your customers) at Mineko’s night market stall. After you’ve finished selling your items, you can explore the Night Market yourself, where you can play mini-games, eat unusual foods, and purchase collectibles.

    The game allows you to explore distant lands by unlocking different types of transport (which include buses, bullet trains and cat carts). Each land offers new people to meet and unique things to do, dependent on the time of day and season.

    There are 16 uniquely themed markets every year which all feature a stage event that you can partake in. Examples of events include Taiko drumming, karaoke competitions, sumo suit wrestling, and more!

    The better you perform at the market, the bigger and better the market will become, which may well attract new townsfolk and even celebrity guests! 

    What sort of stuff can I do in the game?

    Some features of the game include:

    • Explore the village and surrounding areas to find rare resources and make new friends
    • Craft peculiar items with the resources you find around the world
    • Barter with townsfolk at the weekly Night Market to sell your creations
    • Explore the night Market to discover unusual culinary dlights and collectibles
    • Play and compete in a variety of Night Market games like cat racing, 
      pachinko, and whack-a-tako
    • Uncover the mysteries of the Sun-Cat Abe and Mount Fugu Island!

    How much will it cost?

    The price of the game is still TBA.

    What platforms will it be released on?

    • PC 
    • Mac
    • Nintendo Switch

    When will it be released?

    The Nintendo website claims that the game is ‘coming early 2019’ to the Switch console. As the PC and Mac versions were in the works first.  However it was delayed until 2020 with no concrete release date, however let’s hope we can all play the game this year!

    Is there any game merchandise available to buy?

    Yes! The following items can be purchased whilst you (im)patiently await the game’s release:

    I sat down with Brent, developer behind the game for an exclusive interview last year. For some more sneaky details on Mineko’s Night Market, make sure you check out the interview here

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  • svgOct 22, 2019News

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    Catadel, developed by Bad Optics Games, is a cute town-building game in early development with cats, for cats, by cats. Wait. In-game, not in real-life. Manage your cat citizens’ wants, needs, and quirky personalities as you help them build a settlement in the wilderness. For more information about the basics of the game, check out my previous article here. Catadel is still set to release sometime in 2020 for PC and Mac, and giving us regular updates such as the new traits and moods feature!

    Cat Traits

    The developers are almost done working on 35 personality traits for your kitty characters that will affect a variety of things from mood and interaction, to preferences in sleeping location. Here are some examples:

    • Optimistic cats have a permanent mood boost.
    • Sleepy cats will get sleepy more often.
    • Tree cats don’t like sleeping on the first floor of houses.

    You’ll be able to select your own traits in the cat customizer for personalized cats. 

    Cat Moods

    Cat moods affect whether they will listen to you or not. You’ll now see their mood on their info bar. Moods are affected through buffs and debuffs, so you can look at a cat’s buff bar to see what’s causing their mood changes. Cats will work faster when in a good mood and will work slower (and even become uncontrollable!) when in lower moods.

    Another newly implement contributor to cat moods is their level of dirtiness! Cats will get dirty as they perform work. There’s now an action for each cat to groom itself clean. But beware of hairballs! How adorably cat-aware is this!

    For the full update on version V0.8 for the closed Alpha, you can check out the official website blog here.

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  • svgOct 9, 2019Indie Highlight

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    Explore enchanting storybook worlds and collect magical ingredients to craft costumes in Unfamiliar, a beautiful fantasy game coming to Steam on December 13th, 2019! Oh, and did I mention that you get to play as a magical cat!? Unfamilair is developed by Mana Tea Games, an indie game studio based in Melborne, Australia. Furthermore, you may still have a chance to snag some tickets to PAX AUS for this weekend (October 11th-13th, 2019) as the developers will be there with some goodies at their booth!

    About Unfamiliar

    Unfamiliar is a relaxing fantasy adventure game where you take the form of a cat-witch who sets out to acquire magic ingredients from storybook worlds to craft items and create enchanting costumes.

    Key Features

    • PLAY AS AN ELEGANT, MAGICAL CAT: Get fur-miliar with Yew, the cat-witch
    • NO TIMERS, PENALTIES OR ENEMIES: Don’t worry, take your time
    • EASY YET COMPREHENSIVE CRAFTING: The power is all in your hands! I mean… paws!
    • IDYLLIC STORYBOOK WORLDS: Where will your whiskers take you this time?
    • RENOVATE AND EXPAND YOUR HOME: Complete quests and unlock hidden rooms
    • PLANT, GROW, AND HARVEST INGREDIENTS: Collect exotic ingredients to conjure wonder!
    • CUSTOMISABLE BODY AND OUTFITS: All the glamorous paw-sibilities!
    • GATHER USEFUL, MYSTERIOUS ITEMS: Who knows what’s needed next…

    If you love magic and cats, then check out our article here: Calico Successful with Kickstarter Campaign + New Updates. You’ll also want to check out Potion Paws, a spooky but adorable potion-making game coming October 24th, 2019, right on time for Halloween!

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  • svgSep 27, 2019News

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    Calico: Magical Girls Running Cat Café is a relaxing simulation game created by CatBean Games. It has a release date window of the year 2020 for Steam, PC and Mac, with the hopes that it will eventually be on consoles (PS4, Switch and Xbox One).

    About Calico

    This project started with a love for magical girls, cats, and a want to create a game that’s light, pink, cute, fluffy, and feminine. It also incorporates everything that’s enjoyable from a simulation game like Animal Crossing (furniture, decorations) but the animals will not leave/die, the shop will never close and the crops will not rot.

    The objective of the game is to make the town’s cat café active and full of cuddly creatures again such as cats, deer, raccoons, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes and more! All animals can be befriended, petted, and played with! You can customize your café as mentioned above and you can also add pastries in your displays to sell. There will also be a drinks menu. Did I mention you can also ride the cats? Giant cats!

    Two players to choose from; Heartgirl and Flowergirl

    Key Features

    • Explore the village to find cats and other animals, including raccoons, deer, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes, and many, many more cuties!
    • Interact with cats and other animals by petting and playing, all animals are interactive!
    • Run your café by filling it with animals, furniture and yummy café eats!
    • Use magic potions to change your animals and environment
    • Get involved in a town community of magical girls, witches and other townspeople who you can help and befriend!

    If you’re as excited as I am to play yet another magical cat game, go to their website here and help spread the news! For more cat games, go here for Cat Quest II and here for Snacko.

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  • svgSep 18, 2019Feature

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    As many of you may have gathered by now, I’m a bit of a feline fanatic. Having procured a Switch console this year, I have been meaning to make a cat-themed Switch game listicle for a while. Having finally gotten around to it, here you have it; Nine Nintendo Switch Games For Cat Lovers. (Nine because nine lives)

    Calico

    This project started with a love for magical girls, cats, and a want to create a game that’s light, pink, cute, fluffy, and feminine. It also incorporates everything that’s enjoyable from a simulation game like Animal Crossing (furniture, decorations) but the animals will not leave/die, the shop will never close and the crops will not rot. The objective of the game is to make the town’s cat café active and full of cuddly creatures again such as cats, deer, raccoons, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes and more! For more Calico info head over here.

    Cat Quest

    Cat Quest is an open world, action adventure RPG set in a world of cats, developed by The Gentlebros. The Cat Quest page on the Nintendo website (which is full of cat puns) explains how your player’s sister is kidnapped and you therefore embark on a journey to save her from the evil Drakoth. Available for only £9.99 on the Nintendo eShop, Cat Quest for Switch is a purr-chase your bank account won’t hate you for!

    Cat Quest II

    Cat Quest II is an upcoming open world RPG where you play as both a cat and a dog (hisss!). Explore an extensive world filled with monsters, dungeons and quests as you restore peace to your kingdoms in a time of war. This forthcoming feline follow-up will be released on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Android, iOS, and Windows.

    Snacko

    Snacko is a farming simulation game developed by an indie studio called bluecurse, based in Vancover, BC, Canada. The founders, husband and wife Jordan and Erisa, wanted to create a world “where cats rule the land” and so the project began in 2018. Snacko is expected to release sometime in the year 2021 for PC and Nintendo Switch. Get some more news on this cat-tactic game!

    BlobCat

    In BlobCat you are tasked with the job of protecting the DiceMice from the naive BlobCats. With more than 90 different levels spanning over 6 worlds, Place arrows and guide the Dicemice to the Micehole! With local and online multiplayer, you and up to 3 other players can attempt to outsmart each other and send the BlobCats a-calling. The game costs a reasonable £8.99 to download from the Nintendo eShop.

    Night In The Woods

    Night in the Woods is an autumnal themed indie adventure game. Highly relatable to many, the game shows the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. After the protagonist, Mae Borowski drops out of college and returns to her hometown, she finds things as gloomy and hopeless as ever. But this time there’s something more. Strange and eery occurrences are happening. And there’s something in the woods. This charming game with beautiful music can be purchased for only £17.09 on the Switch eShop.

    I and Me

    I and Me is a platform puzzle game developed by Chinese studio Wish Fang and published by Ratalaika Games. It was released for Nintendo Switch in Japan and PAL regions on July 6, 2017 and in North America on July 13, 2017. Controlling two cats simultaneously, the objective of the game is to get them both safely to the end of each level. Whilst initially fairly easy, having two characters perform exactly the same action makes it increasingly more difficult to complete the game’s 92 levels. With a soothing soundtrack and four season-themed chapters, the game is pretty affordable at £8.99

    Mineko’s Night Market (upcoming)

    Mineko’s Night Market is a cute cat-themed upcoming game for PC, Mac and Switch by Meowza games. You play as Mineko, a girl who has just moved to a superstitious island overrun with cats. The aim of the game is to find materials, craft items and sell them at the Night Market. You can befriend villagers, fish, undertake quests, play mini-games, plus more! Whilst it was initially hoped that the game would be released in late 2018, its release has now been pushed back until 2020.

    Little Friends: Dogs & Cats

    Little Friends: Dogs & Cats is a pet simulation game for Nintendo Switch. The Nintendogs-esque game is set to be released in Japan on 6th December. The game allows players to reside and play with cats and dogs with “lifelike models, textures, expressions, and animations.”

    Spacecats with Lasers

    Spacecats with Lasers is a cat-themed casual combat game. Help your Spacecat eliminate the Evil Space Rats and defeat the Pug King in this wild wave-shooter game. With plenty of perks and power-ups, plus the ability to customise your cat with items unlocked on your journey, you can have both a fashionable and fierce feline fighter. Whether you prefer a calmer cat caper, or want a “nerve-wracking bullet hell”, the game’s different difficulty options have you covered.

    After going through all of these, I realized there are eleven, looks like this cat found some extra lives. 😀

    For even more cat themed games head over here!

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