Stray, the feline adventure game from developer BlueTwelve Studio and publisher Annapurna Interactive is being turned into an animated adaptation by Annapurna’s own in-house animation studio, the same creators behind Nimona.
For those unfamiliar, Stray released last year for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, where we find our furry feline friend in search for a way home. To give you a general idea, here’s Carlos Franco’s review of the video game:
You play as a cat. What more justification do you need?
BlueTwelve Studio’s debut title is a welcome surprise. One can only bear witness to so many big-budget, AAA releases and sequels–and while that isn’t a bad thing, Stray is a breath of fresh air.
Its simple mechanics, focus on exploration, well-crafted stage design, and intriguing story make the game quite engaging. Colors play a large role in both satisfying your eyes, and setting the overall tone. There’s not much to say about the sound design, aside from how superb it was in capturing the essence of how it would feel to travel across a city bereft of humanity, yet teeming with life–and as a cat. It also helps that the meows are eerily accurate enough to elicit responses from my own cats. I still wonder what they were talking about.
Overall, Stray is a very fun, beautiful game to play with just the right amount of challenge. If you’re a pet owner who’s into puzzle platformers, I can guarantee you’ll have the time of your nine lives.
The studios previous work – Nimona premiered last June 14 at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and released globally via Netflix on June 30.