Given the growing popularity of agricultural experiences on Steam, the relative dearth of realistic animal simulators - from the other side of the fence, as it were - is somewhat surprising. Here’s another, though. To Shelter’s harrowing portrayal of badger parenthood, and Goat Simulator’s tale of a misunderstood monster, add Cat Simulator - “the world’s first next-gen cat simulation”.
Cat Simulator is a third-person “cat game” in the process of being Kickstarted by Toronto’s pragmatically-named Game Teams Studio. Though as their pitch video demonstrates, they don’t necessarily have an awful lot to show for it yet.
The current alpha represents several months’ work in Unity toward building the “premiere next-gen cat simulation” - replete with rat and mice chasing, tree-climbing, eating, sleeping, and defecating.
With $20,000, Game Teams suggest they can finish the thing: with “more realistic” art, customisable cats, different breeds, “other animal friends” - and the now Kickstarter-standard Oculus Rift support.
Pitch video aside, the Kickstarter campaign is played absolutely straight - probably for the best, given the game’s central conceit reads like a big larf. Is it just that - a 3am joke taken too far? Or did you find slapstick fun in Goat Sim?