I’m not normally one for the cutesy games, but who can deny cats? The Internet loves them, as does my partner. So when she showed me this game on Kickstarter called Kitten Casualty, I couldn’t do anything but look into it.
After learning all I could by thoroughly reading the Kickstarter page, watching the videos and contacting the creators at Total Frame Limited, it sounds like a very fun and interesting game.
It is a small card game, for two to five players of ages 10+ which should last 10+ minutes, if the box art is anything to go by. The rules, as explained on the page, the video and the message I received from the creators, are simple and easy to follow, allowing a wide range of people to understand it and play it. This, so far, looks like one of those games that an old-hat traditional gamer like myself can play with someone who is unfamiliar with these styles of games, such as children or one’s own parents.
A brief rundown of the game is as follows:
Players draw cards from a central pile and play those cards on the table to gather points. Once a player has amassed 500 points, they can use those points (by discarding those cards) to eliminate another player from the game. The last remaining player is declared the winner. Action cards located within that central deck can be used by a player during the game to mess with their own cards as well as other players and their cards. One can also find all five pieces of the Kitten Lord (with necessary capital letters) to vanquish one’s enemies.
The cartoon style of art makes it appealing to the aforementioned children, as well as those who like cute things, like my partner. It also suits the style of game which is portrayed. I can’t comment on the quality of the product because I’ve not seen anything physical yet (wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more).
I like seeing games from local creators, and this is local to me. Total Frame Limited are based in Auckland, New Zealand, my home country. I believe in supporting local companies, and to that end, I’ve backed them for this game, and not because my partner pestered me relentlessly until I did. They also have a competition going right now. Draw a piece of Kitten Casualty fan art and post it up on their Facebook page. Get in on this quick as it ends on September the 9th.
Pricing is quite cheap at $25 NZ (~$23 AU) for the early bird level and $30 NZ (~$27.5 AU) if you miss that, with free shipping to Australia and New Zealand. Prices go up from there for a signed version or the top-end Gold Edition (which is also signed).
Like the look of this? Go support it. I already have. The Kickstarter has another 19 days to go at the time of writing.
Kitten Casualty Kickstarter
Total Frame Limited Facebook
Note: No Kittens, cats or humans were harmed in the creation of this game. Well, maybe someone got a paper cut, I can’t really be certain.