Katjepult is a freely downloadable platform jumper adventure game by BradsGames. The game features the design sensibilities of Camille Carpentier in graphics that look hand-embroidered. Brad Smith did coding and software infrastructure design. In addition to playing on your Windows PC, you can play Katjepult online, on the itch.io mobile app or on your phone's browser.
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A Feline Adventure
Katjepult follows a lovable cat, Katje, as it makes its way to destinations unknown, jumping from platform to platform. The game requires some strategy as you make Katje jump to and from platforms of varying height and distance, but overall the jumps are easy to execute.
Katjepult looks as if the finest artisans hand-embroidered it. Its creators placed each stitch precisely to encourage the calm, therapeutic state that embroidery and stitching foster. The entire game takes place on a two-dimensional animated embroidery ring.
The use of muted pastel colours also lends itself well to the peaceful theme. Katjepult's music is easy-listening and non-obtrusive, and it adds a slightly upbeat tone to the game.
You play Katjepult with only one button: the spacebar. Katje runs automatically, and the spacebar controls the jumps. The game's objective is to avoid obstacles placed on the field of play and jump over gaps in the two-dimensional world surface. A counter visible at the top of the embroidery ring keeps track of what level you are on.
A Fully Realised Concept
The core concept behind Katjepult is simple: a two-dimensional platform jumper. Platformers tend to be oversimplified and borderline boring, but adding an artistic design theme and lovable character takes this platform jumper to a new level of player enjoyment.
Katjepult is an adorable low-impact game for Windows. It encourages rest for the mind while keeping your hands busy and focussed on Katje's quest for adventure.