The video game Tramp, which features a stray cat as its protagonist, has captivated many people since its release in July. More surprisingly, the name is also admired by members of the feline family.
Topping the list of the best releases of the year according to the Steam platform rankings and scoring an average score of 83/100 on Metacritic, “Stray” is available on Playstation and PC. Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP
Published: August 5, 2022, 08:29 AM
On Twitter, the Cats Watching Stray account, which collects the funniest reactions of cats watching the adventures of a mustachioed hero, already has more than 37,000 subscribers.
In the video game The Tramp, a quadruped roams an underground city inhabited by humanoids and strange creatures. Using the drone, the cat must solve a series of puzzles in order to return to the surface.
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“We made this game with real passion for our companions,” explains Swann Martin-Raget, producer of BlueTwelve, the French studio behind the project. Most of the team has a cat and he shares his house with two furry housemates, Tao and Lychee.
Topping the list of the best releases of the year according to the Steam platform rankings and scoring an average score of 83/100 on Metacritic, “Stray” is available on Playstation and PC.
While some critics deplore the simplistic adventure, most praise its graphic quality, dreamlike atmosphere and, above all, the satisfaction and sense of freedom that cat incarnation provides.
From the dog in Dog Life to the wild wolf in Okami to the goat in Goat Simulator, there are plenty of games where you can control an animal. But before Stray, references to cats were rare.
According to Swann Martin-Raget, one of the main design goals was to create a realistic animal. In terms of the visual aspect, BlueTwelve was inspired by Murtaugh, a stray cat adopted by the studio’s co-founders. And the model for the animations was Oscar, the sphinx of one of the team members.
The cat in “The Tramp” purrs while curled up for a nap and takes a vicious pleasure in ruining furniture. The button even makes him meow.
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Social media is full of photos and videos of cats being intrigued or mesmerized by a mustachioed TV character.
“Every time I play, the silhouette of his two ears blocks the bottom of the screen,” says Curtis Amrein of Bebe, his short-haired companion.
Reactions that can be explained by the realism of the hero, said animal behavior specialist Joanna Pazzo from the British shelter Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in an interview with the specialized American website Gamespot.
According to the expert, the creators of the game “captured many of the natural social behaviors of cats, such as grooming or group rubbing.” “They also added subtle details such as his pupils that dilate when he is alert, his ears that curl back and his defensive posture. »
The phenomenon delights developers, who claim they did not expect such a craze. “We never thought that so many cats would try to jump on the TV,” says Swann Martin-Raget.
Another sign of the Tramp’s passion: fans of the game have created mods, real computer modules that allow you to change the appearance of the protagonist.
Among the options are Garfield or Marie (Artistohat’s kitten). To satisfy as much as possible, it is also possible to turn the hero into an adorable puppy.
The video game Tramp is mesmerizing cats, and social media is reveling in photos and videos.
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