The creator of The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman, has launched a new cat-themed mobile word game called out Kitty Letter earlier this week and feels like playing one of his silly comics. This feeling was intentional, Inman told me.
"My comics have always been rhetorical," he says. "You don't interact with the comics, you don't have your mot to say, you are only experiencing it. So, with [Kitty Letter] I had the opportunity to introduce some elements for people to play comics, and I found it to be a lot of fun. "
Kitty Letter has a structure that Inman described as " Scrabble combined with Clash Royale. "Your objective is to beat your opponent by spelling out words. from a combination of letters at the bottom of your phone screen. When you spell a word, you will send a small army of cats on an invisible "path" towards your opponent. Meanwhile, your opponent sends armies of cats to try and defeat you.
The game was actually going to be multiplayer only at first, Inman told me. This may be surprising for those who have played the game because it has a robust story mode
"I started drawing this tutorial on how to play, and then the tutorial became this single player mode, where you have this neighbor moving in and telling the whole story of him, ”Inman said. But then he realized, “I went in too deep. I had written all this stuff, I was like, "I have to end this", and I ended up writing 12 chapters. But that has become my favorite part of it all. "
Inman also discussed the free-to-play model of the game, which is very generous ch. Unlike many free-to-play games, the single-player story mode and the Kitty Letter's multiplayer is completely free with no restrictions. The decision to offer all of this came from what Inman didn't like about other free games.
" I play free games, but I play them because I love games, "Inman said. "The actual mechanics involved, like crushing and unlocking chestss and get gems and coins, I hate them. I fucking hate them. If [the developers] were to tell me "pay us $ 20 and we'll give you everything ", I would. I much prefer this model.
The game offers paid cosmetics for multiplayer, but they don 't offer any gameplay benefits and they are buried in a menu. And Inman says their income is "almost non-existent.
Inman acknowledged that he could offer the game largely for free due to his other successful businesses, which include The Oatmeal and the extremely successful Exploding Kittens card game . “I'm not just a selfless guy who doesn't want to make a living from his job,” he said. “To be completely honest, we make a good living from our card games and we make a good living from some of the other things I do. With [Kitty Letter], we felt like we could just get away with making it as nice as possible.
"This app generates more of this currency from - and it 's so cheesy - currency of love and joy, as if you are having a joyful experience with the game, "he says. " So, on your turn, you like Exploding Kittens more, and maybe one day if you want to buy a deck of cards from us, you can. "It's is a business model similar to that of The Oatmeal. Inman offers the comics for free online, but sellsbooks and offers related products.
"It 's been cats since day one
Inman has lots of ideas for what will follow for the game. He would like to improve the arcade mode, add more single player levels and eliminate the bugs. He would also like to port the game to Steam and Nintendo Switch, but those could be a little more distant. "I 'll probably call it six months ", he said.
And I had to ask: were the cats still in the center of the game?
"They have been cats since day one " said Inman. "His name was Cats Royale, at the origin.