Curiosity Rebuilds The Cat: Mew-Genics

By Adam Smith on October 22nd, 2012 at 10:00 am.

Hi, I will momentarily request that you end my shambles of an existence

Returning from holiday has filled me with anxiety. If I deem the fact that Team Meat are developing a game about cats to be newsworthy, I fear that one of the blustering colonels who make up 42% of RPS’ readership will choke indignantly on his morning brandy and then send me a missive of terrible indignation. “Sir, your recent declaration that the announcement of Team Meat’s Mew-Genics is in any way ‘new’ cuts me to the quick. Captains Grayson, Meer, Rossignol and Walker have all written twenty thousand word dissertations regarding the wider cultural significance of felines, ludology and genetic manipulation. I bid you good day.” Oh, Colonel Breeches, settle your moustaches and just read the announcement below.

Mew-Genics is by far the strangest project I’ve ever worked on.. and that’s saying something. Tommy and I are very happy with how development has been going on it and decided that Mew-Genics will be the next official Team Meat game. We don’t want to spoil too much here, but we can say the game will be randomly generated, strange and involve cats.

The image, with the children standing in the background and the malformed kitty in the foreground, brings Pokemon to my tired mind. Horrific, really, that seeing youngsters surrounding a small and broken animal is a conduit to thoughts of capture and combat. Could it be a tale of cats battling and becoming increasingly dangerous and malformed, much like famous infant tearaway, Isaac? It certainly could. A turn-based battle game with an upgrade and inventory system similar to The Binding of Isaac’s grotesqueries could be pleasing, and the project’s origins in a recent game jam make Ludum Dare’s recent ‘evolution’ theme one possible inspiration.

Or it could be something altogether stranger. Maybe a monstrous update of those Petz games that I definitely never had a bizarre fascination with. Man, I even had Oddballz. You could blow them up and they reformed, like a rubbish T-1000.

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  1. Ravenholme says:

    Ah Team Meat/Edmund McMillen, I can’t quite ever get enough of your screwed up imagination. I look forward to seeing what Mew-Genics is all about.

  2. Akatsuki says:

    Video games & cats? They win!

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    jrodman says:

    Gross cats. :-(

  4. BobbyDylan says:

    What the fuck is wrong with that cats head?

    • Ravenholme says:

      It has a little kitty tumor growing out the side of it’s head….

      You are aware that we are talking about Team Meat/Edmund McMillen, right?

    • BenAffleck says:

      Its suffering from a cranial kitception.

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      Jackablade says:

      That’ll be a Time Fcuk reference. Mr McMillen does like to make note of his previous titles.

  5. cytokindness says:

    Hey, it’s Stephen the cat!

  6. Lanfranc says:

    Not sure what all the fuss is about. [MAD SCIENTIST] That cat looks perfectly normal to me.

  7. MuscleHorse says:

    Can we have more posts/games about dachshunds please.

    http://www.bradh.com/doxiefun/dachshund-drinks.jpg :3

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    golem09 says:

    Randomly generated McMillen Project?
    I want to go to there…

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    daphne says:

    Would it be too much to hope for some Impossible Creatures-related inspiration? Or at least The Island of Dr. Moreau?

    Or am I being far too obvious?

  10. misterT0AST says:

    I feel like posting a relevant link.

  11. Syra says:

    Sir, your recent declaration that the announcement of Team Meat’s Mew-Genics is in any way ‘new’ cuts me to the quick. Captains Grayson, Meer, Rossignol and Walker have all written twenty thousand word dissertations regarding the wider cultural significance of felines, ludology and genetic manipulation. I bid you good day.

    • tobecooper says:

      I concur, sir! My moustaches have roughened themselves while reading of this ‘news’.

      Colonel Cooper

      • JackShandy says:

        Smith,

        My keyboard is even now sopping with the brandy that I involuntarily spat across it as I read your post. The poor blighter has never been the same after his time in the RPG Codex forums, and after this new indignity I expect this will be his last post. He was not merely a servant, but a friend, and I am even now re-pouring the glass to stiffen my nerves before putting him down.

        I expect reparations in full for this outrage.

        • Bhazor says:

          Sir, not since the Benin Expedition of 1897 have my jimmies been so profoundly rustled. I expect my satisfaction upon the common green of Puddington.

          Sincerely
          Brigadier. Archibald Horatio-Tinitis Swineroarer.

  12. Randomer says:

    Can anyone comment on how good the Basement Collection is?

    • Bhazor says:

      Time uFkc is probably the best 2D puzzle/platformer I’ve ever played. That includes Braid and Trine.
      Time ukFc is probably only the second or third best game in the collection.

      • Randomer says:

        Well gosh. That is rather high praise. You have sold me, sir!

      • Phantoon says:

        I liked Spewer more.

        STRANGELY ENOUGH ALSO THE SAME GUY.

  13. Didero says:

    Is their site not working for anybody else?

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    Llewyn says:

    I initially misread the link as ‘Team Meer’, and assumed that the cat-driven near success of his FTL campaign had gone to Alec’s head. I’m somewhat disappointed to discover that this is not the case, primarily because of the lost opportunity for Meer cat puns.

    • The Random One says:

      Considering how easy cat puns are (considerably easier than meerkat puns) I’m amazed there isn’t a pun thread on this article’s comments. I thought RPS would only skip pun threads in a cat-astrophe, but maybe we’re just not feline very well today.

  15. Jenks says:

    I just watched Indie Game the Movie, this must be inspired by the hairless cat that his wife got at the end.

  16. Dromph says:

    McMillen designs this? I´m in.
    So please stop talking and accept my hard-earned units of currency.

  17. HatsAlEsman says:

    Huh… And I was just listening to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrHk1wLS3ig

  18. 575 Kilted Shark says:

    Kitty scares me :[