mambcSleepNinja Games is teaming up with Cartoon Network to publish Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, an upcoming "environmental puzzle" game for PC, Mac, and iOS in the vein of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake takes place on Gogapoe Island, where the Boogin King has been stealing and eating innocent people's birthday cakes. The premise may be a little schmaltzy, but it's got a clean, pop-art look and seems to rely on a few tried-and-true gameplay ideas. Playing as Nico, you'll meet helpful monsters and use their abilities to solve puzzles, fight off Boogins, and explore Gogapoe's various dungeons. It's cute, vibrant stuff, and Disasterpeace (Shoot Many Robots, Bit.Trip Run!, Fez) is doing the music.

Incidentally, SleepNinja managed to raise just north of $26,000 for Monsters in a Kickstarter campaign last year. Justin Baldwin, SleepNinja Games' creative director, reassured Kickstarter backers in an e-mail to Joystiq, however. "Cartoon Network have been great to work with and have definitely kept our backers in mind," he writes. "Our publishing deal with them will not affect our backer's rewards; everyone will still be getting what was promised, and the game they were promised."

"[Cartoon Network] know that we have a vision and have allowed us total creative control, cheering us on along the way," reads the most recent Kickstarter update. The new publishing deal will also give SleepNinja access to Cartoon Network's localization teams, allowing them to release Monsters in several different languages.


Cartoon Network's games division has been active on iOS -- with everything from shooters starring Regular Show characters to Adventure Time-branded collectible card games -- but Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake seems like its first push as a traditional publisher. A Cartoon Network representative also told Joystiq that the company has at least 10 different mobile games in the works.

Pricing and release details aren't available yet, but Kickstarter backers got Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake on iOS for $5. Whether that holds for an eventual App Store release remains to be seen.

[Kickstarter, Joystiq]

  • the_rebel14

    Does this have absolutely anything to do with "Monster Ate My Condo?"

    • nini

      Not a thing.

      • the_rebel14

        Ok. Didn't think so.

  • Ramaz1234

    Why does every adventure game have to be related to Zelda lmao

    • Design by Adrian

      Because Zelda was a pioneer in action RPGs.

      • Ramaz1234

        I wish I could dislike you're comment so hard.

      • mclifford82

        Why, exactly? He's not wrong. Or are you ~45 years old and perhaps rocked an adventure video game on Atari or Colecovision?

        Also: your* comment.

      • Ramaz1234


      • mclifford82

        Haha. Kids these days.

      • Ramaz1234

        If your talking about me you're really ignorant. If your not you're right.

      • dariusjr98

        The irony is strong with this one...

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  • BlueFalcN

    This honestly doesn't look bad

  • rewind

    Oh goodie, a TV company that isn't full of jerks!

  • o0oJAKEo0o

    Hopefully being a kickstarter thing, the final version will not be a game with timers and what not. Looks like a great game!

  • ste86uk

    Sounds interesting, I know I say that a lot around here but only to things I want to keep an eye on or buy : )

  • while1fork

    Their first push as a traditional game publisher? But don't they own Adult Swim, who have released a ton of original iOS games? Are those two separate game studios with the same owner? So confused ...

  • SwithNova

    I like the looks of this I hardly believe this game will be the final end to my ocean horn addiction but we shall see

    • Design by Adrian

      Oceanhorn was quite short. My addiction was over after 9 hours...

  • Rooie1154

    Cute look to this.

  • Design by Adrian

    Shame they didn't reach $30.000!