I haven’t been able to stick to my goal of playing one indie game a month since the semester began, but I recently submitted my thesis paper! I was able to spend the last weekend getting some really need rest and I played some short games! They have one theme in common: cats. To be honest cats make the most amazing games because they are just so entertaining in the most catty way.
This game is a roughly 15 minutes long exploration with absolutely stunning 8-bit graphics. It’s played in a little square window. You’re a cat who is swimming from island to island, but when you are in the water your field of vision gets smaller and smaller until it’s nothing and you pass out back on land. So you gotta figure out which direction to swim in to reach the next island. You also get to explore caves and temples! The story is absolutely adorable too!
Meow can be found for free for Mac and PC on itch.io, a game marketplace for independent game designers to upload their games. Go support these soon-to-be famous awesome talents!
Super Cat Tales
If you’re interested in Super Mario, this is the game for you. The game is completely based on Mario gameplay where you traverse from level to level then world to world avoiding enemies and collecting coins.
Because you play as a cat, you have cat mechanics! You are able to climb walls and jump from wall to wall!
My favorite part is that you unlock different cats as you go through the levels and each of them has a special ability that will help you collect secret treasure. One cat may be adept at climbing, another at charging, and another at swimming!
Super Cat Tales is available for free for iOS.
I still remember when this game was just a demo, about two years ago. It can be renamed to cat simulator. The only purpose of the game is to knock over objects in your human’s house. Now I understand why cats do this. It’s really fun to make a mess!
Unfortunately this game gives me motion sickness for some reason. I was playing it and felt so nauseous that I had to stop. I don’t usually play first-person games but this is the first time a game has made me feel physically ill. I took a shower and went to bed immediately and woke up feeling better. Maybe it’s just my tendency to get motion sick?
Catlateral Damage is available on Steam for Mac and PC for $10. I’m glad I got it for free in a bundle though!