After an awful lot of teasing, Team Meat has revealed what Mew-Genics is all about. In brief, it's a crazy cat lady simulator that'll task you with breeding cats and dealing with the unique consequences of owning a home with a few too many felines. Team Meat's Edmund McMillen talks about the game's inspirations on the official Team Meat blog:

"I think most would describe Mew-Genics as a cross between The Sims and Pokemon with a sprinkling of Animal Crossing and a dash of Tamagotchi, 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 ..."

Also, on the blog, Team Meat reveals a few little details about how the game's systems will work together. He talks about a time when one of his cats starts associating pain with food due to an unfortunate attack. Cats also have traits like, say, narcolepsy, and they can also catch and transmit diseases. In the story McMillen tells, it ends as Animal Control arrests him for letting a cat run away.

Mew-Genics certainly sounds awesome. As for when it's coming to iPhone and iPad ... it'll be this year. No firm date has been set yet.

  • jpxdude

    Very excited for this!

  • Jazzpha

    My interest in the game itself is at war with my dislike for Team Meat's asinine, holier-than-thou stance on iOS in general. My guess is the latter will win out eventually, but who knows.

  • PureRumble

    Oooh is that an in-game currency i see up in the corner? Does that mean an iap-wall to feed the cats or are they gonna starve to death???

    • Chester_Copperpot

      With any luck, you can sell cats to meat markets and research organizations to raise currency.

      • PureRumble

        ... U are a very very evil human being

      • Chester_Copperpot

        I ask you: can a man who bakes well be truly evil?

      • PureRumble

        Wasnt Stalin into baking?

      • Chester_Copperpot

        Oh, that's silly. Everybody knows Russians live on a strict diet of vodka and cabbage.

      • witedahlia

        Yeah, animal experimentation is really funny, Copperpot.

      • Chester_Copperpot

        My friends call me Chester. You can call me Boopsy.

    • ethandude123

      As long as there's no plus sign next to it I think we're good.

    • KenGriffeyIII

      Usually games that do IAP-specific currency have two types of in-game currency. At least that's what I've found.

    • REkzkaRZ

      It's a simulator of a house. Can modern houses operate without $$$??? Not in USA! (Pre-Depression / during Recession comment.)

  • Carbonide

    Did they say Animal Crossing? Let's hope this game is full of surprises, and I don't mean IAP's.

  • finefin

    looks nice. wait. I've also made a monochrome cat simulator several years ago: http://www.kongregate.com/games/finefin/pussycat-frenzy ... It's totally different, but Team Meat can be lucky that I'm not the Tetris Company and sue them for making a monochrome cat simulator game!

    • Squidhead

      Yeah but this game might actually be fun to play.

      • finefin

        hahaha yeah. maybe this game is better than my 3-day-project. maybe not.

  • Chester_Copperpot

    Owning cats is a mixed bag in real life. Why the hell do we wanna pretend to have more?

    • MrAlbum

      Because the Internet demands MOAR cat vids :P

      • Chester_Copperpot

        Then so shall it be. :)

  • http://twitter.com/dezign999 François

    stahp.

  • themostunclean

    Is there a urine smell meter? I won't play if there's no urine smell meter.

    • Tranceaholic

      Yes, there is an excrement meter, in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  • Zallman

    Can't wait!
    I've got 5 cats and this is the ONLY way I'm adding to that!

  • Karzay

    Looks like a really bad Flash game.

    • REkzkaRZ

      Different from Super Meat Boy? Just give it a chance, bud!
      Or did you pre-judge PacMan? (It's stupid! You're just a little mouth running a maze, eating dots, and ... What are those baggy things, ghosts...? Oooooh, powerups? Oh yeah!! Hey, Wait a sec... I just spent $5 in quarters!!! Aaggghhhhh!!!)

      • Karzay

        Relax, I was commenting on the visuals. It might be a really fun game as your expecting. And if you like the art, more power to you.

        Btw, PAC-MAN had really good graphics for it's time.

  • downpour

    So the name is supposed to sound like Eugenics? The system the Nazis tried to use to eliminate the Jews and breed a master race... Well I'm sure that won't offend anyone...

    • MrAlbum

      A lot of animal breeding IMHO could be seen as chaotic eugenics, where breeders do not collectively agree on which species to breed (some breed beagles, others breed labradors, still more breed German Shepherds), but whatever they decide, they breed exclusively for those species. Anything that doesn't fit the breeder's plan gets thrown out. If cats had our intelligence, they would be absolutely enraged at how we treat them and would call us a Race of Hitlers, or the animal-history equivalent. From their perspective... we kinda are that bad to them.

      As a result, the title choice sounds par for the course for Team Meat's peculiar brand of controversial humor (see: The Binding of Isaac)

      • Chester_Copperpot

        You leave me behind a bit when you say cats would call us Nazis for the way we treat them. I don't see how it ties back to your original point about selective breeding.
        Are you talking about the fact that we breed them selectively for arbitrary aesthetic traits, instead of optimal physical and mental health; our use of spaying and neutering (maybe our negligence regarding the same); or something else?
        Opinions vary so widely on what's acceptable that it's hard to know what you mean.

      • MrAlbum

        I was trying to point out that if animals had levels of intelligence that matched ours and could voice their opinions and thoughts to us on a level that we can understand, they would look at us as conquerors, oppressors, slavers and deprivers of free will. They would call us cruel people who delight in confinement and torment of others.

        If Eugenics were universally applied across the entire human race, similar atrocities would likely occur. Hence the admittedly loose Eugenics-is-animal-breeding connection.

        Thus, it's kinda clever for Team Meat to name this game Mew-Genics, to just drive the above point home, and get us to think: is it right to exercise such power over another species for aesthetic pleasure, simply because they are too dumb to understand the plight their "race" is in, or that they are unable to communicate how they truly see us?

        That's what I was getting at.

      • Chester_Copperpot

        Ah, I see. I thought we were just talking about cats. I was curious because the success of cats as a species skyrocketed due to their association with humans, despite our tendency toward neglect and abuse.

  • MrSpud

    Maybe color will be an IAP!

  • http://www.galleytech.com Galley

    Why do the cat's ears look like devil horns?

    • tom devaney

      I don't doubt that Team Meat did this on purpose.

  • tom devaney

    Am a huge fan of Team Meat, so I'm definitely keeping my eye out for this one.