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Boxy the Boxcat in Evolution Escapades

by matthias_zarzecki - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Survive and evolve in this urban landscape, which is littered with radioactive waste for some reason, and protect your kittens!

- Boxy the Boxcat (from LD22-game 5 DAYS)
- Boxkittens
- Nuclear Evolution!
- Tophats
- Lasers
- Melons
- Hidden collectible extras/upgrades, which will be displayed in your hideout. Can you find them all?
- Kongregate-Highscore-integration
- Sex
- A sweet music-track I totally not just panickingly composed an hour before the deadline

You control via the WSAD/Arrow-keys. Everything else is for you to explore.

Also available for your convenience: A timelapse-video, windows- and mac-standalone-files, and the soundtrack.

Have fun! And if you can, please give a rating for the webbuild on Kongregate :)


I uploaded the "Evolution Night"-theme, for all your music-related needs :)

Boy the Boxcat got reviewed!

//Let's Plays
Some videos have been cropping up. This one is especially lovely :)

I wrote down some thoughts. Features videos and an exciting staged new screenshot! :D

Downloads and Links




aschearer says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:05am

Well made and well thought out. I felt the movement was a little slow which made things drag slightly. Ultimately, I think this game's biggest danger is becoming just a series of fetch quests. You should consider mixing in some puzzles or action in order to spice things up.

CaptainIcy says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:09am

Pretty nice! I agree with aschearer that it's kinda slow moving, but it's a good, solid, entry, IMO.
Kittens! <3

Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:09am

Played through to the end, but I only say like 7 cats. That's like 993 short of the theme, bro.

Seriously, though, super impressive. Music was oddly fitting of my cat blowing up cars wit lasers. Also, my cat had laser eyes. Awesome work. Definitely the best I've played so far.

If I was going to complain about something, it would probably be the feel of the controls. Both jumping and walking were a little funny feeling, but that's definitely nit-picking. Also, I think I already mentioned, but not nearly enough cats.

Zathalos says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:10am

Pretty cool game. Kind of short but the graphics were good. The gameplay was kind of stale. Overall good effort.

Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:14am

I love a game that doesn't take itself too seriously!
I ran around the city blowing up cars with my laser vision!
Great fun! Good job!

NedortGames says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:17am

Entertaining :D

Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:18am

This entry had me laughing way too much. May just have been sleep deprivation over the last two days but I found your entry to have an unique charm to it. Short, sweet and pretty funny, intentional or not.

link2x101 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:19am

Needed more sound and some variety for certain.
A nice game, smooth controls (though slow).
Could use a little anti-aliasing for non-text.

Oreganik says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:38am

Highly enjoyable! The kids love it. It's so cute.

rynti says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:36am

Awesome. Period.

eyehawk says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:43am

Cool looking game dude! I love the simple "lego" look. If you could add some sort of boost effect that would make it a bit more fun. Also if there were some bad guys chasing you around that would add to the excitement.

Bemmu says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:16am

Really well made, great explosion effects too. And I must hug every cat so this game rules for that reason alone.

Orni says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:42am

that was a very funny game, thank you :)

I think I never thought about radioactive, glowing, waterbreathing, laser cats before - nice

audio & graphics are solid too (although some textures could have worked wonders)

Zed says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:11am

It took me a lot longer than I'd like to admit to figure out that running into toxic barrels is a GOOD thing. Before that, I figured I was just meant to be finding stuff.

A bit confusing and pretty easy to get lost, and that music track got REEEEEEALLY annoying after a while. Movement was a bit slow, too. Maybe put in a mini-map or a waypoint arrow thing or something.

Really liked it, though. Very charming.

SpectreNectar says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:05pm

I really like your take on the theme :)
Very enjoyable game.

Quentin says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:16pm

Really awesome, I went around blowing up all the cars with my mighty kitteh laser-vision before I went to my kittens, it was awesome.

Porpentine says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:32pm

cute cats, cute music! i like wandering around this cute post-apocalypse looking out for my kitty offspring

Hazel says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:00pm

Kittens :D

Really nice game with a lot to it. Eventually felt a bit slow paced and lacking variety but I loved the little touches like all the stuff you collect decking out the kitten's den.

DavidErosa says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:14pm

Great game, I laughed with it! The only con I can think of is that I'd had made the cat a little faster, and maybe make the items not arrive instantly to the kitties, but having to take them yourself.

pjchardt says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:16pm

Nice graphics and lighthearted mood. Yeah your music track is pretty sweet, I was firing lasers and jammin out. The controls are nice but I felt I was doing little more than wandering about the world. I agree with others that the game could stand to have puzzle/battle elements (or other possibilities) to enhance the gameplay and the world.

lapogo says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:07pm

So slow! Being that i was a cat i with the game made me feel more like a cat, quick and able to jump. other than that seems great.

ncannasse says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:10pm

Ahahah :) Was a funny experience.

quill18 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:49pm

I thought the art was great! Great atmosphere.

pardue says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:27pm

Well done overall, gameplay was a little slow and something a little more challenging would be nice. The laser eyes really increased the enjoyment of the game. Good job!

Krobill says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:54pm

Cute. Very neat job for a 3D project in 48 hours.

Birchmountain says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:23pm

Daht mighty laser vision, nuff' said! Loved it, great job for a 48 hour compo!

vigrid says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:07am

I loved the art style - can we have a cardboard cutout instructions for the cats? Laser eyes were awesome, too. I think it would be better if it had sound effects. Great overall :)

zatyka says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:20am

Very silly,a bit slow, but I loved it.

Vurb says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:58am

A little confusing at first but i like the little cats and the top hat lol :D also good music and art style

evilseanbot says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:42am

There are some great assets here. I wasn't all about searching through keyboard buttons to find the later functions, so my experience sorta tailed off.

Crowbeak says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:46am

I had fun. I thought it was cute. I didn't feel like the cat went to slow, but the jump did feel weird. Nice and solid for a 48 hour production, though. And I thought the music was catchy. In fact, I wrote lyrics. (I had to insert a few pick up notes, but it sounds good when I sing it.)

Boxy cat, yeah
She's got kittens
and she's goin'
to feed them

Tiny tophat,
rockin' guitar,
these are cool but
can't eat them

Fish in the lake
but she can't swim
Boxy cat, no!
What will ya do?

Time to evolve!
Gills, tail, paws, too.
Become something new.
Yay for strange goo!

pereubu says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:32am

makes me want to sing too

Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:39am

@Crowbeak That is amazing! Thanks :)

JonathanG says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:10pm

A cute game, with lots of humour!

DustyStylus says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:36pm

Love the aesthetic! Wish boxcat was a little faster. Nice story as well, very cute. :)

keenblaze says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:07pm

You will like this game, if not - you will die of kitten eye lasers! :D

Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:57pm

Fun. On one hand, the slow controls hinder things a bit, but, on the other hand, laser eyes.

gustavodort says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:03pm

Man I love those graphics!
The top hat and the guitar made me laugh a lot XD

But like said before, it's a fetch game!

IJoshayy says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:16pm

If this was on steam for £2.99 I would buy it. Epic game, good luck with the compo!

alwaysinbeta says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:37pm

Fun, humorous game with some nice touches.

wademcgillis says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:08pm


Jumping was weird.

juaxix says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:58pm

Yo have to change the music...
and I have a question...if the original cats were not evolved, how is that the partner was already evolved when you founded it?!
good use of unity engine :)
i like your style but the game turn out a little boring without sounds or enemies, i think this is my error in mine too :O

zkenshin says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:03pm

Quite an enjoyable game :)

kato9 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:14pm

Cute little exploration game with a touch of metroidvania. A little light on gameplay but bonus points for laser eyes.

imef says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:20pm

Probably one of my favorite games of the competition!

ratking says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:26pm

Nice, reminded me a lot of your protest game

gbear605 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:30pm

Amazing game!

TravisChen says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:37pm

Tiny tophat!

mr_Hk_ says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:46pm

That's a cool kitten !

Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:48pm

Kittens, yay! Nicely made game, quite a looker with nice progression through the game, Liked the little touches mid-way through the game taking the items back ot the kittens to see them change as you played, good fun!

tastive says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:06pm

Hahaha. Hilariously off-beat. One laser-mew! sound short of five stars.

Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:09pm

Kittens. 'Nough said. I agree with the first comment.

ghRibacki says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:04pm

Nice mood and really funny game, though I missed some more challenge. Fitted fine with theme and the graphics are lovely! Overall good. Congratulations. =)

thewiseguy99 says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:35am

Coolness but had a tough time collecting anything other the guitar. The graphics are amazing so is the sound. How did

fhoenig says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:17am

Quirky! :)

Cell says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:41am

Cool, i like the style.

polegar says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:37am

Really fun game, maybe the only one that i've really finished for the ludum dare !

BrothersT says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:35am

Nice game, I'm quickly learning how beneficial it is to keep things simple, being able to play a complete game goes a long way. I love the radiosactive smoke effect!

Thanks for the comment on our game, if you have time to respond to my reply that would be awesome.

Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:21am

At first, I was like "WTF, radioactive bins in town... ?".
And then I was "Go, radioactive cat ! Destroy everything !!"

Very funny game :)

Dadeyemi says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:01pm

I'm surprised someone hasn't written a sternly worded letter to their council about those bins.

recursor says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:38pm

I wish that the you could have 'evolved' to move faster. Also, the music got to me after a while so I was glad to see there was a mute button. I love that you took your box-cat character from LD22 an used him in this one. The car models and general look of the environment is really nice. I also enjoyed blasting cars with my laser eyes. Well done.

Starmen says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:52pm

Really nice work. It's sort of like a 3D metroidvania which was quite nice. Good job.

BumpkinRich says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:42pm

First kitten game I've had :) Felt nice and solid to play but would liked to have had a bit more of a challenge.

Go go laser cat!

Killerbug says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:18pm


nuria says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:33pm

Good to see a sandbox game, cool idea. The movement was a bit slow and the music was totally annoying. I liked the main concept, though. Good job!

Mesene says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:17pm

Nice Mood, I felt very worried abuy the kittens!

metadept says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:45am

It's damn good.

Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:58am

This was really just a trip. I wish there were some obsticles to attempt to thwart you.. cars trying to run you over or something. Anyways very nice job.

Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:55am

Really cute and fun

Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:20am

The fetch questing got me bored for awhile. although after reading about the ability to blow up cars, I went played it again and endured. Nice touches of humor. Good job.

bytegrove says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:04am

Cute little game, nice music and pretty good humour as well! An early speed upgrade for my cat would've been nice as he was a little sluggish. Caterpillar tracks followed by a rocket engine perhaps? ;)

darkshadow says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:53pm

Radioactive laser cats! The game is as awesome as it sounds.

Only down side was the movement felt sluggish.

Saturnyn says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:05pm

Laser eyes are soooo awesome ! I kinda wish there were enemies, since car didn't seem to fight back ^^
Great entry !

infernet89 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:18pm

It wasn't clear you needed to touch radioactive barrels to evolve.. i was searching some objects in the scenario!

Cake&Code says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:38pm

Cute game! The music set the mood, although it also was kind of at odds with some of the cuter moments of the game. It wasn't readily apparent as to how I could evolve and move the game forward, but after I got that it was a lot more fun and enjoyable. :) I got stuck at the part where you could find a mate haha. Great work!

Aug 31, 2012 @ 2:00am

smooth controls, and funny!!

Cipher says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 2:17am

nice...really nice

michax says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 5:10am

Nice exploration game! With kittens :) Hard not too like. Didn't manage to feed them but did manage to get self illumination :P Good job!

RawBits says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 5:56am

This game as it is now with the short story is ok. Actually you made me install Unity what killed my Windows in the previous 3 LDs so I needed complet reinstall. But now it seem to work well.

I liked the graphics and the music is nice, it was good to hear and the game needs it. Jumping is a little disappointing becase come on it's a cat. Cats are not jumping, they don't know about gravity they just fly.

Anyway thanks for making this! :)

Cyboot says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:20am

funny and entertaining :)

tcstyle says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 8:49pm

Radioactive boxcats with laser eyes. Awesome!
The level design rather looks like being insied a building than outside. Some sound effects would be great. Pretty solid gameplay.

DevoreUK says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:31pm

Really good well rounded entry. It's all there characters, music graphics, cuteness. Good job.

CapGrip says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:46pm

I really like the idea, is very funny. The music matches perfectly.
Here's a tip for a small fix: sometimes the character´s light goes out, right? You need to change the light´s configuration. Go to "Render Mode" option and change from "Auto" to "Important" to correct this problem. Great job!

Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:50pm

Sounds useful, thanks!

rodrigomotta says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 12:40am

Nice. =)

hamster_mk_4 says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 5:25am

Way to add the kittens. I like the music the most. It occurred to me that the Mama cat's mutations will not be passed on to this litter of kittens because she acquired them after breeding.

samoojamies says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 1:44pm

You spent much time on graphics, so other stuff seems to lack content. The idea is working. Humor is nice.

MurrayL says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 4:49pm

Ah, I see you've gone with the collectible hats again ;)

Good to see you're developing a personal style - I enjoyed this, although the movement could have been a little quicker!

alvivar says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 4:58pm

A cat with lasers, mood +1

Codexus says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:33pm

I really liked this game, it was very cute and I enjoyed it a lot. But it's a bit short and needs more gameplay beside exploring.
Also it's too bad the gliding style of movement without animation or sfx ruins the immersion a bit.

KhaoTom says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 9:26pm

Adorable adventure.

Moops says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 11:06pm

Cute art style. Game reminded me of space station valley. Bonus points for kittens.

gritfish says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 12:15am

Controls felt more like a RC car than a cat, but great music, and some really cool ideas in there that had me exploring. The green fog effects from the radioactive barrels were a nice touch.

Jorjon says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 3:12am

The game was slow for being an exploration game. The music wasn't loopeable so I had to turn it off, because it was being very repetitive. The first time I played, some barrels didn't make me evolve, so I was wandering a lot of time trying to figure what to do.
It was a funny story, but nothing more.

Qaterknan says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 11:37am

well, it wasnt than fun it seemed to be at the beginning. But nice

mohammad says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 11:27pm

it was good.
nothing else to say.
worth the 48 hours

marudziik says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 1:05pm

A pretty interesting entry. Gravity when jumping feels a little off, but laser eyes make up for it. The game is pretty complete for 48 hours of work! Good job!

wlad says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 5:40pm

really good & funny game. one of the few good 3d games in ld24! i think the game would be really improved with some soundeffects.

Rex Peppers says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 5:57pm

Hilarious and fun! Well done sir!

dekart says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 6:33pm

Pretty good game! Liked it

Jeremy1080 says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 4:10am

That...Was...AWESOME! lol I got kittens!

rhaasken says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 12:23am

Blowing up cars was fun. Nice job!

Mago says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 9:36am

Funny and fun game. Awesome graphics.

I liked the mutations and the ending :)

Sep 6, 2012 @ 12:38pm

Lots of fun, did not understand at first that the radioactive stuff gave you abilities, so a bit confusing at first but the atmosphere of the game is hilarious.

joekinley says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 12:24pm

Wooooo awesome game although I hate kittens.
But I just love this game. Well played, awesome effects, awesome everything.

Cool chilling music, cool graphics, cool idea. Yeah. Nothing much to add here I guess. Although yes, the movement was a bit slow, but who cares. I had fun while it lasted.

Also super extra points for having a time lapse video and all the extras you added.

Benjamin says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 3:34pm

Even if the ammount of work is impressive for 48h, spend only 1 or 2h for sounds effects would have really help to make it a perfect entry. Especially the powerup sequence which have a lot of graphic polish, could benefit from a rewarding "shhwililin" or "bwalalaonng" SFX. And I'm not even sure that silent laser vision is legal... I mean Georges Lucas could sue you for that.

Sep 9, 2012 @ 5:36pm

<3 Little kittens n.n, I love the idea bro! nice work :D

Sep 10, 2012 @ 5:25am

Pretty cool.

dick_claus says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 6:23pm

Do you like the 1000 kittens theme?

cappelnord says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 4:58pm

The jumping felt very stiff, but it had some good humor in it!

Joana says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 10:21pm

Those little kittens tug at your heart strings! But they're fine by the end, so all is good!

Loved the game. The idea is fairly simple, but the execution really shines. It's weird and funny at the same time. I really enjoyed blasting stuff with my laser eyes!

Took me a while to figure out I should move towards the radiation spilling barrels though, but given the nature of the game I shouldn't be surprised. Doesn't ruin the overall experience.

KevinWorkman says ...
Sep 12, 2012 @ 12:39am

What everyone else said. This is really well done- you somehow had me inventing a backstory and caring about the kittens even though they were just cubes. That's skill.

DWallin says ...
Sep 14, 2012 @ 12:46am

Nicely done. I agree with what people said about the controls. Both the jumping and the walking felt off. The game definitely could have really used some sort of challenge (puzzles, enemies, etc) to really engage players.

johnfn says ...
Sep 14, 2012 @ 9:35pm

Cute. Add a minimap and a run option so that backtracking isn't so tedious and this would be perfect. Really nice job on the graphics, by the way. I don't think I've ever seen so much 3D content in a LD game before.

Also: I was so pumped up to get the jump and jump like 20 feet in the air. Then I finally get it and I jump like 2cm. what a disappointment :D

Matt Rix says ...
Sep 15, 2012 @ 1:18am

Kinda fun :)

cakemonitor says ...
Sep 15, 2012 @ 8:50am

good work :)

Sep 15, 2012 @ 1:56pm

Great game, anything with cats in gets my vote. The laser eyes and top hats made me smile too, good work

AleksandarDev says ...
Sep 15, 2012 @ 10:23pm

kittens ;)

Nanolotl says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 1:12pm

Simple, but fun.
Really liked the visual style.
The controls were a bit irritating at first, but I got used to them.

Sep 16, 2012 @ 7:14pm

Cute and funny. Wasn't sure if the tail mutation actually did anything though. Wish Boxy was a bit faster as well. Not being able to enter the water seemed forced in an invisible-wall-type way. Maybe if a message popped up saying something like "Can't go in there. You've never learned how to swim," it would be a little more clear, and not seem like a bug at first.

Sound effects would have helped A LOT too.

Good job though.

whilefun says ...
Sep 18, 2012 @ 1:09am

I really didn't like the sluggish controls, and I got stuck where I couldn't seem to evolve any more, and couldn't jump over the barrels/boxes. I liked the music, and overall quirky nature of the idea though. Rock and roll kittens!

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