If you’ve been dreaming of living that cat lady (or guy) life but you can’t for whatever reason, then Kitten’d has you covered – in kittens! Created by Swedish indie studio Star Vault, Kitten’d plops you and a veritable storm of fluffy kittens down in a futuristic space house full of lots of breakable furniture. It’s then your job to keep these adorable but chaotic fluffballs happy or risk bringing out their bad side. Which could lead to some serious chaos and broken furniture.
Kitten’d is available now for in Early Access on the Oculus Store (Oculus Rift) and Steam ( HTC Vive and Oculus Rift) at the original price of $14,99 US, though there is a launch discount on both stores at the moment, putting it at $12,74 US until July 17th. No official mention has been made of PlayStation VR support, but the platform is listed on the studio’s press fact sheet, so it might get support later down the line.
“The idea for Kitten’d is loosely based on a recurring dream one of our developers had. In this dream more and more kittens entered his apartment from a hole in the wall. As the number of kittens grew so did the stress of this poor dev, but he also felt very happy because, you know, free kittens! This was later turned into the idea of an arcade-style game where you take care of a lot of kittens for a short time and get scored on your performance when the time runs out,” the studio says on their website.
Whether it’s scooping poop or making sure your kittens don’t get bored, it looks like this game will make sure you always feel just a little overwhelmed – with love of course. Because these cats aren’t devious masterminds. At all. Luckily, you’ll have a little help in the form of tools like an automatic food dispenser, the PoopScoop 3000, and more that you can buy using the points you earn from keeping your cats happy.
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The futuristic house also seems to be a big help, with a strange tentacled monster feeding on anything you throw in the trash, and a laser that, I’m assuming, will help eliminate any leftover poop somehow. But even these can start going haywire when your kittens decide they aren’t happy. Just make sure to keep the fire extinguisher on hand. Although, Kitten’d also offers a sandbox mode if you’re not so much into seeing the kittens destroy your expensive home, and want to stick to cuddling with your new fur babies.
Right now, Kitten’d offers two “worlds” to play in with four species of cats – each with its own personality and needs. Some like to take naps or eat a lot, while others will get up to mischief the moment they’re unsupervised. The studio says that they’re planning to add two more worlds and three more cat breeds to the roster before the EA run is over.
The studio wants to release the full game at the end of the year, after they have added some more polish, fleshed out the kitten AI a bit, and added more customization options to the “my room” feature. For now, Kitten’d is also playable without a VR headset. Though the team does recommend against it if you want to be immersed and get that full face of fur effect.
So if you’ve been looking for a cute family friendly VR game that also offers some frantic gameplay and will keep you on your toes, then make sure to check out Kitten’d.