Posts Tagged ‘thecatamites’

Have You Played… Crime Zone?

By Adam Smith on October 14th, 2014.

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Crime Zone is a game in which you play ‘all of the cops’ at the same time. Created by thecatamites, designer of Space Funeral, it’s a first-person adventure game about cops and criminals, and the zone that they live in. It’s an urban melodrama, a noir thriller and an absurdist comedy. It’s an experiment in narrative perspective that just so happens to be the closest thing in gaming to The Third Policeman. There are many unusual free games on the bleached beaches of the internet but there are few that will live as long in the mind as Crime Zone.

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Freeware Garden: Mouse Corp

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 27th, 2014.

Nothing like a solid, cheery title pic to lure the masses in.

If you know and thus love what thecatamites have (has) been doing these past few years, chances are you have already downloaded Mouse Corp and are already defacing the graves of an impossibly colourful 3D world. A world filled with sentient vegetation and a wild menagerie of oddities you’ll have to traverse, quasi-RTS style, as three mice.

Now, I could go on all about the wild mechanics of Mouse Corp or its wondrously grotesque take on the Sonic universe, but I won’t. I will instead provide you with an interview featuring the wonderful Mr. Stephen Murphy — a.k.a. thecatamites:

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Freeware Garden: Tarantella Sicilienne

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 7th, 2014.

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day.

Ah, yes, the Sicilian Tarantella. The wonderfully upbeat, allegedly poison-curing and impossibly catchy music from Southern Italy that’s a perfect match for weddings, revolutions and the freshly released Tarantella Sicilienne by George Schweinfest. Or is that by the Catamites and their Harmony Zone thing/initiative as part of the Harmony Summer Hardpack Tape 11-in-1?

I am frankly confused, but you really shouldn’t care too much. I’m prone to confusion.

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Thecatamites’ Commercial Collection: 50 Short Games

By Adam Smith on January 13th, 2014.

Stephen ‘thecatamites’ Murphy has given us Goblet Grottos, Space Funerals, Murder Dogs, Pleasuredomes and much more besides, and he’s never asked for anything in return. I’m tremendously pleased that, for the first time, it is now possible to exchange coin for the deliriously creative creations of one of fringe gaming’s strongest and strangest voices. For a minimum of four euros (higher prices are at the purchaser’s discretion), you’ll receive the titular FIFTY GAMES, each of which was made in a single day during 2013’s final months. Along with FIFTY GAMES, you’ll find yourself in possession of a loader for the FIFTY GAMES, essays on each of the FIFTY GAMES and illustrated notes about the project. A tremendous piece of history.

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Fishing Hell: Lake Of Roaches

By Adam Smith on June 4th, 2013.

A Tuesday morning isn’t the best time to play the latest game that has emerged from the bone-dry laughter-well that passes for thecatamites’ internet tube. It doesn’t matter though because the perfect time to play is thirteen o’clock in the morning on the day after whenever, and you’ll be asleep then. My advice? Download Lake of Roaches immediately and if you happen to be at work, invite everyone to gather round and watch your screen. They’ll be entranced by the tale of static, vacations, insects fishing and humaning. The basic beats of the story would be intended to frighten if thecatamites didn’t confuse and corrupt them, flickering between the comic, the creepy and the cartoon. A playthrough will only take five minutes but the environment and story are dense enough to reward a replay.

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Steppe Into History: Pleasuredromes Of Kubla Khan

By Adam Smith on September 11th, 2012.

“Very important, historical Khan game”, thecatamites writes, introducing his latest jolly hockysticks adventure, The Pleasuredromes of Kubla Khan. It’s experimental learning, an explorable history lesson with a life of its own that has a rant at Edward Said and then almost literally vanishes up its own backside. There are probably all kinds of gloriously detailed and accurate details to discover but it’s possible to rush through the lesson in five minutes or so if you’re that way inclined. Go and learn!

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Punk’s Not Dead: With Funereal Respect

By Brendan Caldwell on February 16th, 2012.


Good day, children. Did you do your homework like I asked? You didn’t!? You urinated on your homework and then pinned it to the door of a church in a send-up of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses? How very punk. A gold star for you! Oh, look. You’ve eaten your gold star as an angry criticism of society’s hackneyed educational system of reward and punishment. Excellent! Have another gold star. You’ve eaten it again. I see. Right. No, I get it.

Regardless of whether you disobeyed my instructions (MAKE A GAME) many commenters left a lot of valuable feedback for me to ponder. We’ll be talking about some of those issues as we go but first here’s one from JackShandy that was particularly prophetic:
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They Are All Alone: Ludum Dare Picks

By Adam Smith on December 19th, 2011.

Lots of free games! I haven’t played everything entered into the latest Ludum Dare because I do not have all the time in the world, but I did want to try out some of the other entries after Alec looked at Minicraft. No doubt I’ve missed the one game that everyone will be talking about 24 hours from now, the one that forms the basis for Valve’s next major franchise and blows the minds of everyone who plays it. I probably skipped past it because it was called ‘Alone’, which is the theme this time around and therefore the title of 78% of entries. For those who don’t know, these are games designed around the set theme and created in 48 hours. Here are some of them.

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Anarchist Attorney: Murder Dog

By Alec Meer on August 8th, 2011.

Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog is Crime and Punishment as starring a homicidal, humanoid mutt who isn’t at all interested in moral justification for his thousands of remorseless kills.

It’s The Outsider, if Meursault actively enjoyed his act of murder (and was a dog).

It’s a libertarian rebuke of the modern justice system (starring a dog).

It’s a liberal treatise against the covert endorsement and use of violence by police (as made by a dog).
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