Ok, time to show one aspect of game play, though without much context this post will seem odd.. but in time you will "Ah Ha" all over it.
I bring you... the Trinket Display Case!
As you play Mew-Genics stuff will appear.. "stuff" meaning food, poop, barf, kittens, mail... etc. this stuff is quite common of course... but did you know that sometimes these things appear imbued with magic properties that change space and time?! well its true!
the key to finding and using said mystical objects is acquiring your 1st Trinket Display Case (Tink is the man you'll want to talk to about this). this case can hold 15 Trinkets, and utilize the properties of one, the active item obviously being "The Petrified Poop".
Currently there are 105 Trinket types in the game, each trinkets properties are semi randomly generated, so there is a good chance that a friends petrified poop wont be the same as yours, THANK GOD! i mean how embarrassing would it be if both of you came to the dance with the same petrified poop! MORTIFIED!
Anyway, yeah Trinkets! they do stuff! and become more vital as the game progresses.. but more on that later!
I give you the title screen track for Mew-Genics (Cat Chase)
So we really splurged with the soundtrack for Mew-genics, the game will feature a full album of over 20 studio recorded songs, with more than half of them with lyrics! we really wanted to make the games music feature extended themes of the game or small stories within each song, kind of how Katamari did it in a way, except all our songs are about cats!
The Mew-genics album is being written and composed by Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans. a few of you will know Matthias as the narrator voice in The Binding of Isaac, others might know him from the band Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum, but here are more in depth details on the album, special music guests and more!
Mew-Genics music credits/bio:
Music By Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans - With Special Guests Sasha Dobson, Carla Kihlstedt, Geoff Pearlman, and Chandler Travis.
Drummer/Composer Matthias Bossi (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Skeleton Key, The Book Of Knots) and Bassist/Engineer/Producer Jon Evans (Tori Amos, Linda Perry) somehow simultaneously and magically moved to the same tiny fishing village in Massachusetts. When they're not making music together, they drink coffee and chop wood.
Stalwarts of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, they have toured the world and made records with an enormously diverse range of artists, from Pretty Lights, St. Vincent, John Vanderslice, and the Tiger Lillies, to Tin Hat Trio, Boz Scaggs, Vanessa Carleton, and Third Eye Blind.
the last 5 weeks of talking about humans has made me feel dead inside... its time to bring on the cast of cats!
So yeah, Mew-Genics will feature over 12,207,031,250,000,000,000,000 cats. its easy to assume you and your friends wont ever have the same cat. technically that number only applies to how the cat looks, if you include its personality variables that number multiplies by A LOT.. not to mention the ability variables, personal stats and a ton more secret stuff we will talk about later on.
basically you'll never get the same cat twice, unless you clone them, and even then depending on their childhood they still wont act the same...
So a little over a year ago, I turned 30. For my birthday a good friend, Aubrey Hesselgren, whom I used to work with on Goo! and before that on stupid Hoopworld, made me this Super Meat Boy Galaxy Prototype. I played it, it was awesome. I thought he did a great job with the controls and that is really saying something because I am very picky about controls. Below is a video:
Anyway, he wants to release it to the world. At first Team Meat's business development team told us that "3D is IN now" and that we would make loads of profit off releasing it along side Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. However, Aubrey, being the humble British man that he is instead insisted that it be ransomed for charity instead. Click here to Donate!
So that's what he's doing. The charity is called The Samaritans and they provide 24 hour confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. They are British so I imagine their success rate for helping people off the ledge is much better than similar American institutions due to the fact that British people in general sound super smart and as a result if they are saying "Hey, you have everything to live for" in a James Bond-esque voice, one would be much more inclined to believe them. Click here to Donate!
In all seriousness though, lets reach this goal and get 10k of England money donated to The Samaritans. It's a good cause, it's a fun game, everyone wins here. If you can spend $3200 on Steam Sales this week (which, you know you will, you always do) you can surely spend $3180 and send $20 to a charity that helps people out. Think about it and...Click here to Donate!
Back to making Cat AI....not half as fun as it sounds...