Hot Tin Roof: The Cat Who Wore A Fedora

By Ben Barrett on August 26th, 2013 at 11:00 am.

Peasants of the Rock, Paper, Shotgun domain, I am infatuated. I have fallen deeply, irrevocably in love. Her charms are many: a name long and flowing, full of confusion and wonder. An original look that picks her out of any crowd. Vocabulary that’s reduced me to little more than a muttering wreck, in awe of verbage I could only pray to match. And a voice, dear reader, what a voice. Come, be quiet, and just listen to Hot Tin Roof.

I’m a sucker for style, often to the point of over substance, so maybe that’s not enough for everyone. I’ve had a play on a preview build too and while it’s rough around the edges, I’m loving the ideas. Transitioning between 2D planes in a 3D world is smooth as hell with a superbly timed and operated camera. Surprisingly, the heavy noir fits the blocky, eight-bit inspired graphics to a tee. I think this has something to do with the stylised nostalgia of both – much as we’d like to remember the early 20th century in such dark tones, the games of the 90s should be high-definition, low-poly art.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the writing’s strong. Real strong. Just the right mix of referential humour, original wit, serious talk and straight up jokes. Some lines are a little awkward and the dialogue system doesn’t flow as well as what it spouts, but there’s talent behind it. Main character Emma Jones oozes more personality than most media manages from their entire cast helped massively by that incredible voice.

The platforming and gun-based puzzles are interesting, but rough. If the Kickstarter succeeds, I hope a lot of time goes into it. They’re not bad, per se, but awkward and untested as you’d expect from a game with at least another $20,000 worth of development to go. As an idea, I’m all in. As a graphical and auditory experience, I’m screaming for more. But as of yet, as a game, there’s work to do. Help them out, eh?

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  1. Deathmaster says:

    404 on the link there.

    Edit: Seems fixed now.

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    Harlander says:

    *eyelid twitch*

    It’s per se.

  3. gunny1993 says:

    I’m more of a “fedora wearing dog” sort of person, but this does look good.

    • cptgone says:

      that can’t be a cat. look at the way he/she hops all the time, following his/her master! must be a dog. which is a relief to me, as a cat worshiper, who hates fedoras with a passion.

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        Harlander says:

        It’s OK to wear a fedora if you’re a private dick, though. In fact, it might be mandatory

      • gunny1993 says:

        Ahhh a cunning ploy, ofc no cat would follow anyone for any reason other than that it wants to.

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        Gap Gen says:

        I can imagine they might want to stop it hopping quite so much, lest the player tear their monitor apart.

    • plsgodontvisitheforums_ says:

      Max, is that you?

  4. Never Relax Around Japs says:

    “The cat that wore fedora”

    …and frequently visited r/atheism?

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      RedViv says:

      I hear it’s big on fighting against Mouseial Justice Warriors too. Damn mice wanting to be treated like other animals!

    • AlmostPalpable says:

      This cat doesn’t appear to have a serious case of the “aspergers”, though. Checkmate, Never Relax Around Japs!

  5. Kollega says:

    That looks like “my kind of thing” – retro-style, fancy narration, a cat who’s not a villain – but oddly enough, i’m not sold. At least, not just yet. Maybe it’s the oddity of 2D gameplay in a completely 3D space, but honestly? I don’t know.

  6. Winged Nazgul says:

    It’s similarly MIA on the Steam Greenlight page as well. I smell a mystery here!

  7. Ben Barrett says:

    Obviously something’s gone wrong at Glass Bottom’s end regarding getting everything up and running. Looking into it now.

  8. Winged Nazgul says:

    Apropos of nothing, is the developer’s name actually Megan Fox? That must be a rather unfortunate monicker to grow up with.

    • Ben Barrett says:

      When she sent me an e-mail about the game I almost deleted it, assuming it was spam.

    • Buckermann says:

      When I saw her name on the KS page, my first thought was “Life can’t be easy with that name…”.

      It may explain the slightly sarcastic tone of the heroine in the game.

  9. Shadrach says:

    They had me on the Monkey Island reference!
    “How appropriate, you fight like a cow!”