Late For The Sky Cat

The first time I merged a kitty mèo inkhổng lồ another, I was immediately rewarded with a new type, the kitten. But it took two kittens to make a sneaky mèo, & four kittens lớn make a Japanese bobtail. By the time I reached the 20th cát, the elusive sầu Egyptian Mau, it took merging 262,144 kitty cats together.

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It’s been weeks since I began playing Cat Condo, a thiết bị di động game on iOS và Android, created by a Taiwanese start-up called Zepni Ltd., & progress has definitely stalled. It’s an idle clicker game where the goal is to lớn match cats to lớn breed more cats & use the money each cat makes lớn buy even more, until your phokhổng lồ gallery is filled up with rare species. But lớn me, this difficulty in getting to lớn the next đôi mươi rare và unobtainable cats is what makes Cat Condo an appealing game khổng lồ open during my subway commute.

The art & premise resemble Neko Atsume, but Cat Condo is a much more capitalistic game. In Neko Atsume, cats have sầu the miễn phí will to lớn walk in and out, & their only job is to lớn look cute. In Cat Condo, they’re forced lớn sit atop a cát convị, where they make money for you. Slowly, you’ll amass quadrillions of dollars, as you merge one cat into another, creating increasingly rare cats.

Rather than attempt lớn merge 262,144 kitty cats one by one, I buy the cats from the shops. To get that money, I have to wait around a lot, similar lớn Neko Atsume. But whereas in Neko Atsume you can relax and enjoy your cats wandering around, slurping on fish, in Cat Condo it’s a grind lớn the top, where the adorable faces of cats purr as signs of encouragement. As someone who grew up playing the massively multiplayer MapleStory and the more chill browser game Neopets, I am familiar with the grind. It’s a comforting thing.

In addition to lớn buying cats, there are also gift boxes and surprise boxes that award you with middle-tier cats lớn speed up your journey. And, like other idle clicker games such as AdVenture Capitalist, watching 30-second ads can speed up money-making, nâng cấp the cats you get from gift boxes, and double the money you’ve sầu made when you exit the phầm mềm & return. While watching ads might ruin the gaming experience for some, after staring at my computer all day for work & then my phone at night for fun, it’s a great time to lớn look away and rest my eyes.

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After weeks of playing, this is what my cats look like.
When I first started the game, the Scottish Fold was my pride and glory.
Initially, it might seem like Cat Condo is a pay-to-win game. There are two options khổng lồ spend real money, with somewhat unclear descriptions: better boxes và faster speed. The English translations in the game are a bit ambiguous, so I tried both khổng lồ see what they were. Better boxes means the basic cats that the game produces are upgraded to lớn a higher-cấp độ cat, but it doesn’t mean surprise or gift boxes get upgrades. (You still have sầu to watch ads for that.) Faster tốc độ means the basic cats are produced much faster, but it doesn’t tốc độ up money-making. Neither is an especially great bonus.

Scottish Fold Credit: Wikipedia
For folks like me who are allergic khổng lồ mèo dander and therefore can’t go up to a cat & hug them, this game is a great way to fill the void. The cats vary in sizes, but they’re all tiny & significantly more adorable than their real-life counterparts. The Scottish Fold, for instance, is a lot cuter in-game.

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The joy of this sometimes tedious, sometimes opaque game comes from admiring these cats. Some are fluffy và rotund, while others are bizarre-looking & scrawny. The merges make a result that’s often nonsensical, as two cats make another that obviously isn’t from the same lineage & can’t be related. The fun is having no idea what you’ll get next when you can finally combine lớn the next màn chơi, like two Somali cats turning inkhổng lồ a Bengal mèo. And the best part is that unlượt thích real cats, these don’t run away, but instead sit patiently awaiting your return.