Catty Contract Killers Go Wild in Badass Inc.

Meow, I say. Meow.

I have to say, guys. Badass Inc. [official site] is the cat’s meow. And not just because the protagonist for this free point-and-click adventure is “a sleek, stylish, feline predator that trades in scalps and briefcases full of cash.” A Ludum Dare entry crafted by the inimitable Sébastien ‘deepnight’ Bénard, Badass Inc will have you taking on an assignment for Ludum-Tek. (hehe). Your goal? To murder a target in an inventive way.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous romp, and furnished with an assortment of pretty touches. Our feline anti-hero(ine) is suitably sarcastic, fashionably apathetic, and appropriately deadpan in places. Cops are referred to as pigs, although it looks like they aren’t actually the sort to go oink. There are locked numpads to, er, unlock, and even rudimentary shooting sequences. As an added bonus, the game seems rather cognizant of social media’s overwhelming presence in our modern world.

Those concerned that it might be another dystopian world (it is, but that’s besides the point) filled with depressing themes should put aside their worries. Badass Inc. is strangely light-hearted, for the most part. Unsurprisingly, given Bénard’s previous track record, it clinched 2nd place in the 32nd Ludum Dare. With luck, this one may eventually see life as a full game? Maybe. One can only hope. Motion Twin says they’re up for it if people want it.

6 Comments

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    Wisq says:

    Looks great, especially if the soundtrack is half as awesome as that trailer’s.

  2. Kollega says:

    This looks unexpectedly appealing. And not just because I like cats-as-protagonists. Absurdist parodies of typical po-faced cyberpunk “corporate assassin” stories are something the world badly needs.

    The trailer actually reminds me of the glory days of Hitman: Blood Money. Putting a bomb in a cake in “Death on the Mississipi” or dropping a piano on your target in “Murder of Crows”… that’s some Looney Tunes-level stuff right there.

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    particlese says:

    Oh, man, the trailer track reminded me of OMF2097’s title music in the best of ways (just a quarter-tone down or something), and the graphics are kinda right in that era, too, but much tastier. Also, I can confirm that the prototype is quite good. I thought it was a tad more hand-holding than a tutorial level should require, but it was fun and amusing nonetheless. Amazing what these folks make in such a short amount of time…

    So, yes, Motion Twin, in case it’s not clear: DO WANT!

    • aleander says:

      OMF2097! Best. Facepuncher. Ever. Some people say it was bad and didn’t like the music.

      Those people just wouldn’t recognize true beauty, and it had nothing to do with the fact that it was the only action game the internet-less me had.

  4. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Yes! More of this! And hopefully compatible with MacOS, too? Pretty please?