Mew-Genics is The Sims Meets Pokemon, Reveals Team Meat

After a long series of weekly teases, Edmund McMillen and Team Meat have finally revealed what their upcoming game, Mew-Genics, is all about. The indie studio describes Mew-Genics as “Pokémon meets The Sims.” As the name suggests, the game is heavily focused around cats, and you assume the role of a would-be cat lady/mad scientist to do with the precious little cats as you please. Coming from the makers of Super Meat Boy, it goes without saying that the game’s going to have a dash of dark humor.

“I think most would describe Mew-Genics as a cross between The Sims and Pokémon with a sprinkling of Animal Crossing and a dash of Tamagotchi,” wrote Edmund McMillen. “But at its core the game really isn’t like anything we’ve seen before.”

“Mew-Genics revolves around Cats, obviously. We knew tending to these cats in a simulated ‘cat lady’ environment would be the foundation of our design, but the core of what we are trying to do is make a game that feels alive, a game that creates stories as you play where consequences actually mean something,” he said.

“I could write a book on the design of Mew-Genics, it’s by far the most complex game I’ve ever worked on and it’s definitely pushing us both on many levels.”

To fully explain what the game is about, McMillen wrote a lengthy description of one of his play sessions:

Last week I was playing a game with Puddle, a fat female cat I had been working on earlier that day, I thawed her out of her Cryo-cube and placed her in my current single story house along with her newly generated companion Champ. I had been focusing my time on Puddle due to the fact that she seemed to have a very unique tail that I believe had helped her place 2nd in a cat pageant in a previous and I needed to breed her so I could continue her bloodline before she got too old. Sadly Champ wasn’t up to snuff and Puddle made this obvious by repeatedly kicking him in the face, I separated them quickly by putting champ in the attic but when I tried to feed him.. something odd happened. See, Champ was a dullard and when Puddle kicked him he just happened to also be eating and now associated the trauma with food instead of Puddle herself, he was scared of all food.. and sadly died in the attic shortly after.

It wasn’t long after though that I caught sight of a solid black stray cat named Goon, before he had a chance to run I grabbed him and pulled him inside. Goon was a much better fit for Puddle and before I knew it the humping started and puddle was pregnant! I put her in the attic with plenty of food and a bed, but quickly noticed that something was up with Goon, he seemed to be constantly falling asleep. As it turned out Goon was a narcoleptic and as you might have guessed Puddle gave birth to 2 sleeping kittens, one of them fat like his mother and black like his dad and the other small but with his mom’s markings and that amazing forked tail that helped in the last pageant, but sadly both kittens were narcoleptic like their father…

Goon acted aggressively towards the kittens so I let him back out into the yard and he eventually ran away. As the kittens grew up I did enter the small one (his name was Dot) into a pageant but sadly he just fell asleep on the stage and didn’t win anything. To add insult to injury Puddle also acquired feline aids from Goon and I couldn’t afford any of the expensive treatments Dr. Beanies was offering so I put her back in the Cryo-cube in hopes that in the future I might have a cure for her disease once I finish a few more of the Doctor’s missions.

I wasn’t able to save Dot because I was arrested by the local animal control shortly after I put Puddle in the cube, probably because of letting Goon run away.. and the whole giving my other cat aids thing… or maybe it was the dead cat in the attic.

McMillen says that the game has no projected release date, but they intend to put it out sometime this year on the PC, iOS and Android.

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1 Comment on Mew-Genics is The Sims Meets Pokemon, Reveals Team Meat

Ed

On February 25, 2013 at 6:22 am

I am 100% sold on McMillen’s description. Sounds friggin’ fantastic!