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January 27, 2012 8:20 PM   Subscribe

Play ChatChat.
Description: A multiplayer game about being a cat.
Instructions: Be a cat.
(By Terry Cavanagh, who brought you VVVVVV).
posted by nobody (34 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
Meewww! Meow mow meow meow MewMeow. Mew meow meow mreeoow mow mewwww mo mew mew mrreeeoowww mew mew Mrow Mrow.

Meow.
posted by troll at 8:44 PM on January 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is a cute game. I caught a couple mice and delivered them to the house, and now I'm napping next to poor stuck Mittens. (See above!)
posted by WowLookStars at 8:48 PM on January 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Barfokitty is confused. But that's more or less par for Barfokitty.
posted by mygothlaundry at 9:01 PM on January 27, 2012


Bug report! I can't wreck the trash cans for "food".
posted by LogicalDash at 9:02 PM on January 27, 2012 [4 favorites]


I played as Meowington ( I would have prefered Admiral Meowington, but it was too long) on NekoCity. Controls seem broken though?
posted by Ad hominem at 9:14 PM on January 27, 2012


Got 5 mice as Meowthful, took a nap, then got bored.... purred for no reason....

TOO REAL.
posted by Zephyrial at 9:27 PM on January 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


It looks to be more a graphical chat application, like The Castle if anyone remembers that. That's fine, but the selection of emote animations seems rather sparse, and the environments need more interactivity.
posted by LogicalDash at 9:32 PM on January 27, 2012


I do wish the chat was worldwide instead of room-only.
posted by WowLookStars at 9:33 PM on January 27, 2012


that was good for about two minutes..
posted by HuronBob at 9:38 PM on January 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


I couldn't figure out how to do anything more interesting than catch a mouse and deposit it at the doorstep for points. If that's what it's like to be a cat, my two indoor moggies must be bored out of their minds.
posted by Orinda at 9:46 PM on January 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


This game is fucking with my cats so bad I actually feel slightly bad about repeatedly meowing and screeching.
posted by cortex at 10:54 PM on January 27, 2012


Ditto, cortex. My cat is really upset and yeowling. So I think that's enough.
posted by zennie at 11:34 PM on January 27, 2012


Where is the butter?
posted by Splunge at 1:59 AM on January 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Short, cute. Made me smile.
posted by archagon at 2:01 AM on January 28, 2012


I'm not getting it.
posted by Decani at 2:04 AM on January 28, 2012


There is also a hidden piano in the game.
posted by ShawnStruck at 2:06 AM on January 28, 2012


The two boring old lumps that i call cats didn't respond in the slightest to these sounds -- too used to weird noises come out of the black things.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:07 AM on January 28, 2012


I'M A KITTY!
posted by louche mustachio at 2:49 AM on January 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


This game is fucking with my cats so bad I actually feel slightly bad about repeatedly meowing and screeching.

Mine could ignore the 'meow,' but could not help but investigate during the second to last syllable or so of 'screech.'

I didn't want to mention any of the small surprises in the post itself, but the piano room was a treat because someone (probably) has to show you how to get there, and then you can show other people.

But what pushed it over the edge into 'worth posting about' was realizing that when you're a dog no one else can understand what you're saying anymore. (I still don't know how the first person becomes a dog. There weren't any dogs when I started, and then there was a dog, and I was about to make fun of its shiny nose when it touched me. Bad dog.)
posted by nobody at 3:52 AM on January 28, 2012


Dog? I am playing with players of more doglike than catlike intellect. The /me command is freaking them the hell out. It inspires the worst in me.

/me has opened the treasure chest!
posted by Iteki at 5:02 AM on January 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


that was good for about two minutes..

Realistic then, as that is about how long a cat is interesting.
posted by rough ashlar at 5:10 AM on January 28, 2012


Realistic then, as that is about how long a cat is interesting.

MEEEE-OW!

I couldn't make any of the controls work. The 'say' box was just always up. So maybe I wasn't doing it right.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 10:53 AM on January 28, 2012


I saw someone playing as a dog. How'd they do that?
posted by Gordafarin at 11:57 AM on January 28, 2012


...nevermind, I just found out. If a dog runs into you, you get turned into a dog.
posted by Gordafarin at 11:59 AM on January 28, 2012


There's another secret room: In the top right corner of the East Alley, go through the wall to find the Dog Altar. Leave a mouse at the altar, and you'll turn into a dog. If you've turned into a dog, leave a mouse at the house to become a cat again.
posted by Gordafarin at 12:54 PM on January 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


What on Earth have I just spent the past 30 minutes playing?

And why do I now have the urge to lick my lick my own arse?
posted by DuchessProzac at 2:13 PM on January 28, 2012


louche mustachio: "I'M A KITTY!"

Yes you are! And you're posting on MetaFilter! Hi, kitty!
posted by Reverend John at 2:36 PM on January 28, 2012


Ohhhh... did anyone else find the hidden musical notes?

And on another point, twenty mice in ten minutes, Y'all.

Im'ma M0u$3K1LLa!!!
posted by PROD_TPSL at 2:57 PM on January 28, 2012


Being a cat is every bit as frustrating and circular as I always suspected it was.
posted by bicyclefish at 2:58 PM on January 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cat gangs are now guarding the piano room.
posted by zennie at 5:15 PM on January 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's funny how the game has completely changed now that everyone knows how to turn into dogs - the other day it was much more low-key, now it's essentially one big game of tag.
posted by Gordafarin at 11:13 AM on January 30, 2012


I would like to humbly suggest that Loading, Ready, Run play this game instead of Desert Bus next year.
posted by LeDiva at 11:32 AM on January 30, 2012


It's funny how the game has completely changed now that everyone knows how to turn into dogs - the other day it was much more low-key, now it's essentially one big game of tag.

On my server I saw a couple kitties playing tag even before any dogs appeared on the scene. They were named something like RedAgentKitty and BlueAgentKitty and one was chasing the other and so I helped out the one being chased and we ended up boxing the aggressor into a dead-end for a little while. I thought that was neat emergent gameplay.

Secondly, I wonder if it was a design mistake to make the entrance to the piano room only two cats wide, but the entrance to the dog altar four cats wide. You'd need three kitty friends (or four kitty browsers?) to block off the dog room completely. (But you could finally have some peace and quiet for your troubles.)
posted by nobody at 12:43 PM on January 30, 2012


Update: Cavanagh has reskinned ChatChat as Griefer (during the recent Nano Lundum Dare, a 48-minute game writing contest). Less cute. More explicitly goal oriented.
posted by nobody at 8:35 PM on February 13, 2012


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