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Cattails | Open-world Cat & Wildlife Simulation Game
Cattails | Open-world Cat & Wildlife Simulation Game
Become a cat! Track prey and hunt to survive. Befriend or battle the inhabitants of the forest. Create & customize your perfect kitty!
Become a cat! Track prey and hunt to survive. Befriend or battle the inhabitants of the forest. Create & customize your perfect kitty! Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
Become a cat! Hunt, fight, explore, and socialize in an expansive open world.
Cattails is an indie game made by a husband-and-wife team.
In Cattails, the player takes the role of a feral cat that roams an expansive open land. The player hunts for food, combats cats from other colonies, and develops valuable relationships. The player can also romance one of many eligible cats and raise a family!
Track down creatures for a satisfying snack! Cats of the wild must eat to survive, so be sure to pounce stealthily to catch your prey.
Hunting is a careful balancing act; get close enough to pounce, but not too close or your victim may flee!
Cattails uses a unique real-time skill-based hunting system that allows you to stalk your prey anywhere throughout the open world. Find mice, rabbits, frogs, birds, squirrels, and more!
Each cat belongs to one of many wild cat colonies. Cats are very territorial creatures!
The colonies have territories that they protect and maintain; if you wander too close to the borders or into the unclaimed regions, get ready for a fight!
Gain dynamic territory throughout the world by battling off enemy cats or by invading another colony's land.
Unlock new and exciting fighting skills to help you survive battles and master the art of feral combat!
Explore the forest to find the best spots to hunt. Gather herbs and berries that can give your cat many different advantages such as healing or speedy paws! Sell them for some extra money or give them away as gifts.
Swim the mighty rivers to reach new territory. Discover rare prey and bring back exotic gifts to give to your friends!
Seasons pass and each day is different. Cattails features a dynamic and meaningful weather system, generating everything from light snowfall to blizzards and from sunny days to thunderstorms. Prey, herbs, and other cats react to the shifts in climate and the forecast.
Become friends, lovers, or enemies with dozens of unique cats. Befriend or battle the other inhabitants of the forest.
Work for the glory of one of the great cat colonies or set out to adventure on your own!
Talk and give gifts to the many cats that inhabit the colonies to unlock unique dialog options and become good friends with them.
Many of the cats are marriageable, allowing you to start your own cat family!
Survive in style with hundreds of fur and eye color combinations. Unlock more as you play and change them whenever you'd like.
Discover your favorite, accessorize to match the season, or experiment endlessly to create your perfect cat!
Get a digital copy of Cattails on Steam for all supported platforms when the game releases.
- Release date (tentative): Late 2017
- Genres: Simulation, RPG, Single-player
- Supported platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, Linux (Ubuntu)
Unlock an exclusive, backers only color for your cat! This is our way of saying thanks for supporting Cattails while it's still in development. This color will only be available while the Kickstarter is active.
All backers at the "Courageous Cat" tier or higher will receive this limited-time-only reward!
The Kickstarter Color:
Unlock an exclusive, deluxe backers only color for your cat! This color will only be available while the Kickstarter is active.
All backers at the "Courageous Cat - DELUXE" tier or higher will receive this limited-time-only reward, in addition to the exclusive color mentioned above!
The Black Tabby:
This booklet contains tips, tricks, artwork, and insight into the Cattails project. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our early prototypes and take a peek at how the game came together in this beautiful PDF.
We have the incredible privilege of working with Tormod Garvin, an enormously skillful composer and producer. He is working very hard on the Cattails Original Soundtrack, drawing on a number of influences ranging from Harvest Moon to Animal Crossing to WOLF.
You can see his past work and portfolio at his SoundCloud page. Below is a sample of the Cattails soundtrack. If we reach our funding goal, we'll be able to commission a full 30-minute OST for the game and for your enjoyment!
If you back us at the "Courageous Cat - DELUXE" tier or higher, you will receive a copy of the soundtrack on Steam along with the game.
Be one of the first to play Cattails with access to the Beta!
During the Beta, you'll be able to provide us with feedback to help shape the game. You'll receive early builds of Cattails starting in autumn 2017.
If you're a YouTuber or a streamer, you're more than welcome to share gameplay of your Beta experience with your audience!
- Closed Beta begins (tentative): October 2017
Be one of the first to play Cattails with access to the Alpha!
During the Alpha, you'll be able to provide us with feedback to help shape the game. You'll receive early prototype builds of Cattails starting in the summer 2017. Assist us in testing new features, finding and fixing bugs, and balancing content.
If you're a YouTuber or a streamer, you're more than welcome to share gameplay of your Alpha experience with your audience!
- Closed Alpha begins (tentative): July 2017
Work with our team to make an exclusive cat color that YOU help design! We'll send you a form to fill out to get the details of your custom creation just right. (Subject to approval.)
You'll get to pick the type (tabby, tortoiseshell, solid, bicolor, etc) and the main colors and highlights. The colors can be as natural or as creative as you'd like!
This reward comes with a code that can be entered in-game at any time to unlock your unique color; you can keep it to yourself or share it with the world, it's up to you what you do with it!
(If you share your code, it can be redeemed by as many people as you give it out to.)
Work with our team to design an NPC cat that inhabits the world of Cattails! Choose their name, appearance, and help us craft their dialog.
Your character will become an important member of one of the colonies; players will be able to form a dynamic relationship with them, becoming their friend (or their enemy!)
(Subject to approval. NPC will not be marriage-eligible.)
Work with our team to design a marriageable NPC cat that inhabits the world of Cattails! Choose their name, appearance, and help us craft their dialog.
Your character will become an important member of one of the colonies; players will be able to form a dynamic relationship with them, becoming their friend, their enemy, or even their lover!
(Subject to approval.)
$3,210 - Cattails is funded! - UNLOCKED!
At this funding level, our game can come to life! You've helped to make Cattails happen. Thank you so much!! <3
$5,000 - Stretch Goal #1 - UNLOCKED!
- Linux support! Play Cattails on your favorite Ubuntu machine.
- Extended OST! At this level of funding, we'll commission an additional 5 minutes of music for Cattails. All deluxe or higher backers will receive the extra tracks along with the 30 minutes already included!
$7,500 - Stretch Goal #2 - UNLOCKED!
- Mac support! You asked for it, and at this level of funding, you'll be able to play Cattails on your favorite OSX computer.
- 2 new pelts to unlock in game! We'll add the Candy and Cowhide pelts to Cattails for players to use.
$10,000 - Stretch Goal #3 - UNLOCKED!
- Create Your Own Colony! Set out on your own to create a new colony that you lead. Attract new cats to join your domain and build a capital for yourself wherever you'd like in the expansive open world.
- Extended OST! Another 5 minutes will be added to the Cattails original soundtrack!
$15,000 - Stretch Goal #4 - UNLOCKED!
- Upgrade Your Den! Purchase awesome expansions & customize your den to make it feel even more like home!
- 2 new pelts to unlock in the game! We'll add the Mottled White and Siamese pelts to Cattails for players to use.
$22,500 - Stretch Goal #5 - UNLOCKED!
- Cute Accessories for Your Kitty! We'll add a number of adorable hats, sweaters, and adornments for you to unlock in the game and make your kitty stand out in the crowd!
- Extended OST! Yet another 5 minutes will be added to the fantastic Cattails original soundtrack, bringing it up to a whopping 45 minutes!
- 10x our original goal!!
- Unique Kitten Colors! If you have kittens, they will inherit various aspects of the two parents' fur patterns for themselves. You will even be able to use the unique colors your kittens have for yourself!
- New Prey: Turtles! A rare find will await you by the rushing rivers and still ponds of Cattails. Turtles are slow, but have good eyesight and an excellent sense of smell. If you can manage to catch one, its shell is worth a pretty penny, and its meat is delicious!
Our team is comprised of Tyler and Rebekah Thompson.
Tyler Thompson - Lead Developer
Tyler started creating Cattails in May of 2016 from a concept that was born three years ago. He has professional experience with web development and has fostered community management skills for many years, but his true passion is game development. He started making video games when he was 10 years old, and hasn't stopped since. Tyler is working full time on Cattails to bring it to life!
Rebekah Thompson - Marketing Coordinator
Rebekah is Tyler's amazing wife and leads all aspects of social media and marketing. She has a strong technical background and uses her skills daily for software development contract work. She provides constant feedback and helps manage the Cattails project. She also acts as the front-end for all professional inquiries.
The money raised through Kickstarter for Cattails will go towards making the game as best as it can be. Out of the initial goal, here's the percentage breakdown:
Your help will allow us to commission the rest of the fantastic soundtrack (see above for a sample,) fund development costs such as product licenses and fees, and finance more incredible artwork for Cattails.
Thanks so much for helping us bring our project to life!
Risks and challenges
First and foremost, making a game takes a lot of time. We fully expect to have Cattails ready by the end of 2017, but for a variety of reasons it may take longer to complete if art, music, or programming work meets unexpected challenges.
Additionally, in order to complete our goals, we need to have a successful Steam Greenlight campaign in order to sell Cattails on Steam, the world's largest digital distribution platform for games. Recent news suggests that Greenlight will be going away soon, but will be replaced with another system that we may be able to utilize as an alternative. In any case, if the game cannot be put on Steam for whatever reason, we will examine our other options and get the game in your hands somehow, whether that be through another digital distribution platform or via DRM-free copies of the final executable.
Lastly, Cattails is our first commercial release for PC, and our first game that includes paid work from independent contractors. We have full confidence that everyone we are working with is fully capable of getting the work necessary for Cattails done by the end of the year, but again, it is possible that it may take longer depending on a multitude of factors.
Despite these risks, we are certain that we will be able to finish the game and get it out to the backers. Our lead developer, Tyler, has a proven track record of finishing games and iterating upon them for many years after completion to ensure that they're as good as they can be. He quit his job to work full time on Cattails and will devote all his effort and energy into completing this ambitious project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter