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$4,899
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 2 2015 3:59 AM UTC +00:00
$4,899
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
132
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 2 2015 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

You are a cat-shaped cat living at a shelter when a human agrees to take you to a temporary foster home. You now have 30 days to befriend other cats and convince a human to adopt you, or else you'll have to go back to the pound.

Your foster home is an exciting and mysterious place. You can increase your skills by exploring the house and interacting with the world around you. Unlock the shadowy mysteries of the Basement! Prowl the untamed wilderness of the Backyard! When you're ready to face even greater dangers, a world of adventure awaits just outside the front door.

House Hallway
House Hallway

The human world is full of possibilities. Each door in the hallway leads to unique adventures.

Adventures with Laundry
Adventures with Laundry

After you choose where you want to explore, you'll encounter a random adventure. Adventures vary in content and intensity, and your choices and abilities dictate the outcome. Here you face a vile basement beast, the dreaded washing machine. Attack it with ferocity, trust your luck and explore the unknown, or let your quick wit shine as you cunningly manipulate your foe.

Character Screen
Character Screen

Successfully completing adventures will improve your health, grace, luck, ferocity, cunning, and charm. You may also gain special items, or increase the affection of other cats and their humans.

Every choice you make during an adventure, every stat you raise, and every friend you make influences your cat's personality and how their story ends. With ever-changing adventures and so many endings to unlock, replaying Cat-Shaped-Life will yield a new and exciting experience every time!

$10 Live Your Cat-Shaped Life
$10 Live Your Cat-Shaped Life

You will receive a copy of the game on PC (and Steam, if the game is Greenlit). We will also mail you a Kickstarter-Exclusive Certificate of Adoption as a thank-you for your early support!

$25 Musicat
$25 Musicat

Show off your superior musical taste by receiving a digital copy of the soundtrack to Cat-Shaped Life. The soundtrack will contain at least 20-30 minutes of original music, plus more songs as stretch goals are unlocked.

Here's our first song, Cat-Shaped Morning:

$50 A Well-Dressed Cat
$50 A Well-Dressed Cat

You will receive a handmade polar-fleece cat-ear hat with an embroidered patch featuring Gamawilo's logo on the front. This hat will keep you warm in style! It will also aid in top-secret infiltrations of cat society... not that we endorse that sort of thing, of course.

$100 Catmoflage Right In
$100 Catmoflage Right In

You will receive a Kickstarter-exclusive Cat-Shaped Life t-shirt, design shown above. This design will be retired after the Kickstarter.

$150 Cat Toy Collector
$150 Cat Toy Collector

An item of your design will appear in the game. Send us a photo of your cat's favorite toy or a written description of the perfect cat-distraction (like Sir Fishcakes up there) and we'll turn it into an item you can use in-game. Don't worry about game balance- we'll set the stats for you.

This tier is also available for $110 for early birds- when they're gone, they're gone!

$200 Bacatground Character
$200 Bacatground Character

Your cat will be featured in-game as a background character. Send us a photo of your cat (or your parents' cat, or your friends' cat, or an adoptable shelter cat for extra karma) and we'll comic-ize it for inclusion in Cat-Shaped Life. Background character cats will pop up randomly throughout the game. You'll also be able to view your lovely cat at any time through a menu.

This tier is also available for $150 for early birds- when they're gone, they're gone!

$500 A Catastrophic Encounter
$500 A Catastrophic Encounter

Lead your cat to vi-cat-ory or cat-astrophy! When you enter certain areas in the game, you'll encounter a random Adventure. Each choice inside an Adventure tests a different skill and leads to a unique outcome. For this reward, you can design your own Adventure to be included in the game! Tell us your favorite story of feline antics and let us turn it into a playable Adventure, or write the scenario yourself if you feel extra creative!

This tier is also available for $400 for early birds- when they're gone, they're gone!

$1000 Main Attrcation
$1000 Main Attrcation

Your cat will become the star of a major story arc, featured in several encounters and at least one 'Good End'. Tell us all about your cat, their personality, and their likes and dislikes, and we'll work together to bring them to life in our game!

$5,000 Embrace Your Cat-Shaped Destiny
$5,000 Embrace Your Cat-Shaped Destiny

We love you forever and ever. We'll invite you to Cat-Shaped Life's release party, throw you a dinner with the devs, and take you on a tour of Boston. We may have super-secret goodies waiting for you when you arrive!

Transportation to Boston, hotel, and other travel fees are not included. You may invite up to four other guests to accompany you to the festivities.

We are asking for $10,000. Here's how it breaks down:

This is a labor of love. Your donations will help us pay for licenses and services essential to making the game.

We need you to help make Cat-Shaped-Life a reality! We want to build a community as well as a game; to do that, we need your thoughts, comments, and feedback. Please comment below to let us know what you like and what you want to see from this game. Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check out our website/blog, and most importantly, tell your friends! We can't do this without you!

https://www.facebook.com/Gamawilo

https://twitter.com/Gamawilo

http://www.gamawilo.com/

We are on Steam Greenlight!

Gamawilo makes games that feature diverse emotions, are relationship-driven, and are aesthetically unique. We hatch games that feel more than just anger, have characters you can empathize and fall in love with, and embrace new art styles hand-crafted for each game. Our games are made for people who want to play games that have more life, because there aren't many games like these available. 

Kristen Toohill, Volunteer Business Team Lead
Kristen Toohill, Volunteer Business Team Lead
Will Teixeira, Development Team
Will Teixeira, Development Team

Making games is our passion, and we can't wait to work more on Cat-Shaped Life!

The legal stuff:

All rewards where you design a part of the game will be subject to our final approval- please, no images of famous cats you don't own. You retain the rights to your cat's/item's/etc. image, and we retain the right to our artwork and story-lines based off of your cat/item/etc. Basically: if you want to print pillows with your cat's mug on them, go for it! Let us know, we'll probably want one. If we make a poster of all of the background cats we drew, we can sell it.

When we request information to complete your tiers we'll also give you a due date (which will be at least a month's time) by which we need the information to ensure it gets into the game in time to allow for testing etc. If you think you won't make it let us know early and we can work with you. Basically: if one backer goes unresponsive we won't hold up the game for them, but we won't be mean about it and cut anyone out if we can help it, either. We want to respect the majority of backers who do get us information on time to deliver the game.

We love you forever and ever. We'll invite you to Cat-Shaped Life's release party, throw you a dinner with the devs, and take you on a tour of Boston. We may have super-secret goodies waiting for you when you arrive!

Transportation to Boston, hotel, and other travel fees are not included. You may invite up to four other guests to accompany you to the festivities.

Risks and challenges

The perennial question for all game Kickstarters is "will it ship?" Our team has shipped 10 updates (including two expansions) while working together on a MMORPG, a vastly more complicated system than we hope to build here. If we can survive hotpatches, 2 am blanket forts in the QA pit, and what menaces lie under the dark we're pretty confident we can ship a point-and-click cat game.

To ensure we ship the best game possible with just under $10,000 in resources we will not hesitate to take as much time as we need to make the game amazing. We will be supporting ourselves with day jobs (which also includes making games!) and working on A Cat-Shaped Life around 20 hours a week. We project the game will release in late 2017. We will send out monthly backer updates with our progress, as we are great believers in open development and communication with players.

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    Live Your Cat-Shaped Life

    You will receive a digital copy of the game. Your name will be added to a Thank You list in-game. A Kickstarter exclusive Certificate of Adoption will be sent to your door.

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    A Well-Dressed Cat

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    An item you design will appear in-game.

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    Your cat will be transformed into a NPC in Cat-Shaped Life.

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    Your cat will be transformed into a NPC in Cat-Shaped Life.

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    A Catastrophic Encounter

    An encounter of your design will appear in the game.

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    Main Attrcation

    Your cat will become the center of a major story arc.

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    Embrace Your Cat-Shaped Destiny

    We love you forever and ever. We will invite you to Cat-Shaped Life's release party, throw you a dinner with the devs, and take you on a tour of Boston. (Reward does not include travel and accommodations.)

    Includes previous tiers: a digital copy of the game, a thank-you, a Certificate of Adoption, the digital soundtrack, a cat hat, and a t shirt.

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Funding period

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