It's Screenshot Survey time again friends, and this week I have a theme! Twitter was bursting at the seams with screenshots from games featuring adorable characters, mostly of the animal variety. So this week, we take a break from our collective love of violence and instead indulge in an older gaming love with characters that would have felt right at home in a mascot platformer back in the 16-bit days. Let's begin!https://twitter.com/fivelivesjohnny/status/655662030196723712
Well, I didn't say that we would be excluding violence now did I? This is Bazooka Cat. It is a cat, and it carries a bazooka. This is all we know about this upcoming iOS arcade title, yet I'm compelled to include it anyway because nothing makes cats more palatable than high impact weaponry. Can't wait to see the game in action, but the art style is already spot on. You can expect this game on phones soon!https://twitter.com/MoodOven/status/652764973861572608
Now, a brief word from the protagonist of Cloudfall, a social media savvy ball of gas that stars in an adorable side scrolling adventure. When this cloud isn't tweeting, they're solving puzzles using the basic powers of a cloud, weather they be rain, lightning, fire, or just getting people all fogged up. There is just something about the character model that makes me want a plush toy, even if it would just be a bulbous mass with two small eyeballs. In any case, it's a great idea for this type of game, and I hope to see much more of it as I follow this clouds adventures before release!https://twitter.com/ViktorTheBoar/status/655352912516788224
From one type of adventure to another, here's a game with a hero that is both cute and perhaps a bit menacing. Viktor is a traditional point and click with wonderful hand-drawn environments and characters. The game seems to have all the aspects of adventure games that I love, including nonsensical commands to give your character, plenty of unique reactions to dialogue, and a protagonist that would probably be considered a villain in most circumstances. If you're interested, there is a free demo available, and the game is currently attempting to raise funds on IndieGoGo in hopes of finishing the game in a year's time.https://twitter.com/LuckyKatStudios/status/655428368347832324
This enemy is a bit provocative, but also rather cute in his own way. He lives in the world of SkyChasers, which is the third mobile title from Lucky Kat Studios, a developer with a great respect for retro games and great pixel art. For a better idea of what you'll be doing in SkyChasers, check out this tweet.https://twitter.com/LuckyKatStudios/status/652435354256044032
Development has just begun on what looks to be a vertical runner. Reminds me a bit of Toobin' for the modern age. The studio has found success previously with Nom Cat, which looks to be a Broforce for fans of the Internet and the cats that it made famous. One can only hope that more retro goodness awaits!https://twitter.com/frogatto/status/655706624225615872
Finally, here's a game I've been meaning to feature on Screenshot Survey for quite a while. Frogatto & Friends is a charming platformer that has been out for purchase via Humble and other places for quite a while, but is still working towards a final Steam release after getting through Greenlight long ago. It is also constantly getting updates, like this neat little swimming animation you see above. I've played a bit of it myself, and it feels like a game I would have found wandering the rental shelves of a video store back in the SNES days. Currently aiming for release in 2016, it will be interesting to see all that work come to fruition.
That's it for this week's Screenshot Survey! Do you know of any games in development that you'd like to see covered? Are you a fan of cute games, or has this week been too saccharine for your tastes? Let us know in the comments, and we'll be back next week for more!