With iOS gaming sometimes just a single, simple idea makes for the best experience on a mobile touchscreen device. The idea behind the upcoming Hackycat sounds about as simple as they come: tap an ever-increasing number of falling cats in order to keep them all airborne, hackysack style, and if even one cat touches the ground it's game over.

That might sound TOO simple for some, and I can't blame you, but what's really sticking out to me about Hackycat is its aesthetic and collection aspects. The developer is Ken Wong, who was art director for such visually striking games as American McGee's Grimm and Alice: Madness Returns. Hackycat exudes its own whimsical art style, along with more than two dozen unique kitties to unlock and collect. There's also additional athletes, like the wolfman in the trailer below, along with different power-up items, special abilities and different environments for you to get your kitty-kicking on in.

Whoa, was that a Juno-era Michael Cera in that trailer? Anyway, Hackycat is looking pretty sharp, and although there's no set release date just yet it's said to be "coming soon." It'll come equipped with Universal iPad support, widescreen support for iPhone 5, Retina Display visuals, and Game Center integration. If you have a hankering for some cat juggling we'll be sure to let you know when Hackycat hits the App Store.

  • Tikicobra

    I absolutely love everything about this so far. The art style, the simple gameplay, and mostly the fact that it's about cats.

    • kenwong

      thanks!

  • nini

    Sounds great, will sit well next to Bouncy in my "simple but compelling as hell" folder.

  • HelperMonkey

    Finally a game that I can relate to my real life.

  • oooooomonkey

    Looks nice, I'll be picking this up

  • MonkeyChunks

    I personally cannot stand even the cartoonish concept of hitting cats or juggling them. It's just that I have cats and its a know phenomenon for kids to torture cats. Plus there is a sick precedent which can be seen in an old black and white video in which a showman is literally juggling cats. To me its sick.

    • Tranceaholic

      Agreed - I own a diabetic cat and love her enough to shoot her with insulin twice a day, so I couldn't get into a game like this. I much prefer a game where the cat does the damaging instead...

      * closes TA and fires up Clumsy Cat *

      • McCREE

        Sounds like a great spinoff. Plus, you'd get 4 legs. Or limbs. Or whatever. There'd be 4 of them. Lots of kicking. Meow.

    • Nate

      Yeah, but if I remember correctly, that video was recorded down in Mexico. What are you gonna do . . .

    • airwa1k

      Interesting. I have three cats and love them to bits. I'm definitely getting this game. Maybe it's because I can tell the difference between fiction and reality. Some people apparently can not.

    • http://twitter.com/Galley99 Gregg Alley

      I agree. Animal abuse is never funny.

    • Dexiro

      Pretty sure that would be sick for anyone. However I will still be enjoying Hackcat :3

  • King hAPPy

    Why cats? Pigs, rats yes, not cats, I love cats

  • toxiccheese

    Oh Ken, this game of yours is so Wong in so many ways. :)

    • airwa1k

      Oh you.

  • Chumbake

    Maybe those that are upset missed the disclaimer! These are trained professional animated cats! AND there was a cartoon safety representative there the whole time. What more could you want? The cats are fine! They are professionals!!!

  • Nycteris

    Looks interesting, but I'm holding out for Mew-Genics.

    • kenwong

      or get both! mew-genics is looking incredible.

  • snake302

    бедные котята

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadav.barkama Nadav Bar Kama

    you must be kidding .... kicking cats? wow! what a brilliant idea :( very funny .... when are developers gona be responsible about having great ideas? ... this game is a 1 star or less ... 5 stars for shame. happy ken, got some attention? now go away ...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jaime-Fraina/68901986 Jaime Fraina

    Apple will most likely not approve this because of the animal abuse. I would love to play it, but totally agree that the age rating should not be for children.

    • Franco Fresco

      If it does get rejected, consider publishing on Android! Actually Ken, Consider publishing on Android either way!

    • airwa1k

      So it's cool to slaughter and murder humans. Hacky cats however is too evil?

  • pferguso

    This is awesome! I love it! Can't wait!!