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Upcoming open world indie puzzle game, How Smart Is Cat? You are awakened as a kitten on a mysterious island. Beside you there is a petrified parent you must awaken from its stone cold slumber. You will have to solve a series of challenges to awaken your mother. The unusual puzzles will span from abstract to logical and touch every corner of your brain. How smart a cat are you? The game is being tested on Windows for now, but we plan to release Mac and Linux versions as well.

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Winter is meeting its end and our kitten is back from what may have appeared as a period of hibernation. We haven’t been rich on articles lately, mostly because we had some hurdles preventing us from doing new stuff. For some time now we were in the middle of our final struggle with the academia. Both of us are working on our graduation thesis and had our hands full, but still managed to do some work on our beloved kitty cat :)

A few hick-ups also popped up when we moved to the new version of Unity 3d, the game engine we’re using. There were issues with light-mapping, shaders, obsolete assets and other things we had to sort out. On the bright side, we got access to some features like image effects. These will allow us to enhance the graphics a bit, but we’re still trying to find the best fit.

As you can see in the video and screenshots below, most of the new additions can be found on our island of the ancients filled with puzzles, masquerading as abandoned ruins. The landscape is lush and green, which is in stark contrast to our first island that has a more industrial theme. We added new structures, puzzles and a lot of vegetation, which is still a work in progress. Some of our old work also got revised and we believe the game-play is much better now.

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Latest screenshots from the new island


In the video you'll notice another addition, which is the music and other sounds. These really enhance the atmosphere of the island and hope you’ll like the direction we took. There are also some new mechanics we introduced, like the traveling system. Each island has its own way-point, where you can teleport from anywhere in the game. This makes moving around much easier and allows the player to spend more time solving puzzles and less time walking around.

Video featuring the new island


Now we are working on our last island that has an alien theme to it and very different puzzles. Track us for more updates and like/follow us on other platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube. We will post more news, definitely as soon as (if) we both graduate :D

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How Smart is Cat? New demo version out Now!

How Smart is Cat? New demo version out Now!

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The demo version 1.1 of How Smart is Cat? has numerous fixes and additions, check it out!

How Smart is Cat? Demo available!

How Smart is Cat? Demo available!

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We released our first demo of How Smart is Cat? Check it out and let us know what you think.

How Smart is Cat? Update #7

How Smart is Cat? Update #7

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A short video of our first intro and a few words on our progress in the past month.

How Smart is Cat? Update #6

How Smart is Cat? Update #6

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A little about the hint system where you can spend score points on hints in case you are stuck.

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How Smart Is Cat 1.1 (Win)

How Smart Is Cat 1.1 (Win)

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- Expanded character controls - Added menu options - Camera clipping and movement - Added ground detail and vegetation - Reworked character animations...

How Smart Is Cat 1.1 (OSX)

How Smart Is Cat 1.1 (OSX)

Demo

- Expanded character controls - Added menu options - Camera clipping and movement - Added ground detail and vegetation - Reworked character animations...

How Smart Is Cat 1.1 (Linux)

How Smart Is Cat 1.1 (Linux)

Demo

- Expanded character controls - Added menu options - Camera clipping and movement - Added ground detail and vegetation - Reworked character animations...

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hellfirearts
hellfirearts

Interesting and graphics very good tracking :)

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SmartCat Creator
SmartCat

Thanks! We are doing our best :3

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Guest
Guest

Soundtrack in demo is great : my cat started looking for the other cat in the room and then looked up when the sound of thunder came... :-)

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SmartCat Creator
SmartCat

Glad you like it, we are actually working on improving the sounds a bit more. I hope you'll like it even more when we're done with it. :3

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Iv@n
Iv@n

It's adorable.So i must try

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SmartCat Creator
SmartCat

I'm glad you like it. Demo is on the way so you'll get your wish :))

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Th13f
Th13f

This looks like something really original and unique. I'm anxious to see what this project will look like, a few months from now, when you guys have had the time to add more content and refine what's already there.

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SmartCat Creator
SmartCat

Thank you for your confidence. We are adding new content as we speak and plan on adding some extra polish to the game. Also, a demo is in the works, so you can watch our progress if you'd like to try it out. I really hope you'll like it :))

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anders1319
anders1319

Is it alright if I ask you a few questions? Sorry about short notice :)

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1. Name

2. Company name

3. Number of other people in the company

4. Games you have made or are working on

5. Why did you choose to become a game dev?

6. What is the hardest part about trying to make your game successful?

7. What is the most rewarding part of making a game?

8. What is most compelling to you about indie games?

9. How much time do you spend programming? (Per week)

10. Is this a full time job, part time job, or just a hobby?

11. What are you currently working on?

12. Any words of advice for people who want to become a game developer?

13. Anything else that you want to say?

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SmartCat Creator
SmartCat

Hi, the answers took a bit too much space(over the 2000 char limit), so we sent you a private message, I hope you will find our answers satisfactory and let us know if there is anything else :3

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Hi #indiedevhour as per our New Year's resolution we were fixing bugs lately and did some fine touches on our alien… T.co

Jan 11 2017

Hi #indiedevhour! We did a whole playthrough on MAC and discovered a few major bugs. I guess we have our New Year's resolution. #gamedev

Dec 28 2016

RT @Threef: So I released stable version of 2 Guys 1 Gun. Threef.itch.io And I already started working on next "unstable". #indiedevhour

Dec 28 2016

Hey #indiedevhour! Since this is the last indiedevhour before xmas I'd like to wish all of you fine devs a merry xmas!

Dec 21 2016

Hi #indiedevhour, we did some testing on Mac. The game seems to work fine for now. Even the kittens fur which had problems on some systems!

Dec 14 2016

RT @gamepopper: Awesome! @IndieDB now has presskit() support! :D T.co

Dec 14 2016

Hi #indiedevhour We did some more work on our previous island and now moving onto the Alien one which is also shapi… T.co

Dec 7 2016

Hey #indiedevhour This week we reworked our terrain. We improved vegetation and added ground decals, there will be screenshots next week :)

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