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Konrad the Kitten - a virtu-real cat
 
 
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Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Release date: 05.08.2016
Konrad the Kitten – a virtu-real cat

A VR game, only playable with an HTC VIVE Virtual Reality headset!

You like cats and kittens? This is your chance to have a virtual one which feels real.
If you don’t like cats that much and maybe you’re a boy/men? Konrad can be the chance to make your girlfriend love your super-expensive Virtual Reality Headset.

Konrad is a small Virtual Reality game designed for the HTC Vive, with a hybrid virtual/real kitten you need to care for. By fixing an HTC Vive Controller on one of your plush toys, you bring this toy into virtual reality. The HTC Vive tracks your plush toy and replaces it with a cute kitten in the virtual world. This enables , for the first time, to not only see a virtual pet but also to physically touch, lift and cuddle it.

Konrad has 9 wishes each day which need to be fulfilled. These can be sleeping in a box, drinking from a water bowl, playing with a ball and more. By fulfilling these wishes Konrad get’s happy and new objects and areas are unlocked. The whole game is controlled by lifting and moving the virtual cat. There is no need to push buttons of a controller. This enables an unbelievable immersion into the virtual world.

How it works and how to play
To play it, you need an HTC Vive and a plush toy with at least 12 inch (30 cm) size. The plush toy doesn’t need to be a cat, it can be anything matching.
Preparing the game
  1. Fix one of the HTC Vive Controllers on the back of the plush toy (for example with rubber bands or scrunchies). The controller needs to be fixed upside down (see the screenshots). Assure that it’s fixed proper, so the controller can’t slip off the cat while playing. Also care about the lanyard of the controller. It should be fixed with the rubber band as well, so it cannot get stuck with something.
  2. Place the plush toy (with the controller on its back) on the ground inside of your play area.
  3. Turn off the second (other) Vive Controller (by holding its steam button 15 seconds).
  4. Start the game.
Playing the game
  1. Once the game has launched, you’ll see Konrad sitting in the middle of the play area.
  2. Carefully (!) lift the kitten and place it on the “calibrate” marker to calibrate the ground. The marker will turn green after calibration.
  3. Then place the kitten on the Warp Zone marker to go to the area selection.
  4. For the first play, only one area (the house) is available. So place the cat on this area marker to go inside the house. Other areas will be unlocked when fulfilling the cat’s needs.
  5. Place the cat on the ground at one of the objects. The cat will interact with the object.
  6. Fulfill the kitten’s needs to unlock other objects and areas.
  7. Konrad has 9 needs every day. Be sure to look after him the next day again!

Why fixing a plush toy on a controller just for playing a game?
The combination of a plush toy representing the virtual cat in the real world gives a unique experience. You (or your girlfriend ;) ) can really touch the cat, it’s fluffy, you can lift it, move it around. That is unlike all experiences where you just have the controllers in your hand and press buttons.

Who created Konrad?
The game is created by me as a single person. With an HTC Vive and a passion for making video games, I decided to do something special for my girlfriend for our anniversary. Because of her love for cats and an idea of tracking a real plush toy in a virtual environment, the idea of creating a virtual cat was born. Programmed in the evenings while she was sleeping, just in time for our anniversary, “Konrad” was ready to play with. Her excitement of really touching this cute kitten brought us to the opinion, that other girlfriends of other men on this planet should have this as well.

Status of the game
The game is in early access but already fully playable.
The current game contains
  • 3 areas to visit (house, forest, beach)
  • 12 objects to play with (unlocked step by step)
  • Warp Zone Area
  • Settings area (including short introduction and calibration)
Early access planned progression
Early access status is planned for 3 to 6 months. During that time, the focus of the development is:
  • Tuning the experience to be a perfect seamless blend of reality and virtuality
  • Adding new objects and areas (currently planned at least 5 areas with 20 objects in total)
  • Stabilizing & Bugfixing
Requirements
  • An HTC Vive
  • At least 1.5 meters x 2.0 meters room space
  • Also it is strongly suggested to have a plush toy with a length of 12 inch (30 cm) or larger.
Pc requirements are
  • SteamVR
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or newer
  • Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 or better
  • 8 GB or more RAM
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
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54 Comments
Skyrar Jun 11, 2016 @ 10:41am 
Cat GIFs are so last year with this!
FusionPlay  [author] Jun 4, 2016 @ 4:33am 
Thank you yery much for the invitation to the Game Development Championship. I will think about entering "Konrad the Kitten" into the contest. But I am not sure if the educational section is the right place for it. Konrad is a game, made to entertain but not to educate.
But of course, it is a way to experience a cure kitten for people with allergies or other reasons why they can't have a real cat.
lassmann Jun 2, 2016 @ 6:22am 
great idea to get my girlfriend into it ;-)
Game Development Championship Jun 1, 2016 @ 5:13am 
I really appreciate how professionally you approach your Greenlight page and this project as a whole. It seems like an interesting simulation, could be potentially used to teach on how to care for a live cat before getting one, or using it as a substitute in case of allergies or lack of funds to take care of a pet?

We are running the Game Development World Championship and would like to see you participate. It's good for your visibility and won't cost you a penny.

You can check it out at www.thegdwc.com .

Good luck with the development!
FusionPlay  [author] May 24, 2016 @ 10:30am 
@Offler:
I am very sorry but 24/7 support has not been established yet, but I'll do my best! ;)

Regarding your issue:

First of all: Have you tried turn it off and on again?
I understand the seriousness of your situation as no intimicy for a month can be lethal but unfortunately in cases of plugging an HTC VIve Controller inside of animals you should better consider a pet doctor instead of the software support.
(Hoping you're just joking ;) )
FusionPlay  [author] May 24, 2016 @ 10:29am 
@Janaz:
* Maybe not all of the toys your girlfriend likes are suitable for the virtual cat ;)
* Supporting Sony VR and Oculus is a nice idea. We'll think about this!
* Although the idea of multiplayer pet fights sounds very interesting, this might become a little too much away from the original intention of the game.
* Unfortunately we cannot make the HTC Vive Controller smaller but as a hint: if you stick it inside the plush cover of a child hot-water bag (the ones looking like animals), it's covered with fur from all sides.
* Graphics will become optimized, as you've seen a very early built.
* Multi-language support might be a future feature. Maybe the cat will start barking ;)
* "and more" -> of course! lot's of "more" will come!

Speaking with the cat with Speech Recognition is an nice idea. I'll think about this. "No kitty, this is my pot pie!" ;)
VeeTH May 24, 2016 @ 5:43am 
cat can't run
Offler May 23, 2016 @ 2:30pm 
Hello? Serious? No support?
Offler May 23, 2016 @ 2:29pm 
Pleeeeeeaaaseeee help, before it gets cold and we can't reverse it!!! :steamsad:
She'll kill me slowly and no sex for a month, I swear!
Offler May 23, 2016 @ 2:24pm 
Looks great, but I am having some serious problems already and need your help ASAP, or I'm really fucked up.

Thought it would be a nice present for my girlfriend. She loves cats and hates computers, so it would be perfect to get her connected to my hobbies. As she is currently in Vegas (but no worries, my gay friend Longinus is with her) , I have to care for her cat, ugly, - but plushy.

I was reading your text very fast and missed the part, where you talk about toys and thought I had to put the controller on the cats back.

Problem is, as far as I can analyze that software problem (I'm no IT professional), the rubber bands are to tight for the cat (it's a bit fat too, but when you talk to her to explain the problem don't mention it - I send her mobile w/ PM) .

I removed the controller already, but the cats systems don't seem to start now. It's warm though and looks vivid.How can I solve it? I mean, after all, without you and your software it never would have happened.