Interview – KatataK Producer, James Booth

So how much will we have to pay for the game?

“The game was initially free with in-game purchases, however, the reponse from fans was that they would rather have a premium game, paying up front.”

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“The game will cost $1.99/£1.49 in the app store. You get everything included, so you don’t have to pay for anything else. You get new content by playing the game. If you want the best weapons, you have to play the game. The player is prompted to complete tasks, and encouraged to play more if they wanted to get things out of KatataK.”

Gamer producer James added: “We feel that it’s a good way to go, as players get rewarded for playing, rather than feeling they have to pay money to succeed.”

We want to entertain people, nothing more, nothing less.

I couldn’t end the conversation with James without asking an all-important question.

It has been documented on both TomSka’s vlogs and the PixelSpill blog that a great deal of Red Bull helped power the minds behind the project. So just how much Red Bull did the team get through?

“Enough that I can no longer drink it. It gives me heart palpitations. David literally has a twitch in his right eye, and he didn’t have that before. We had about 60 cans in the office before David started sleeping in the office. And that was about 4 weeks ago.”

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My attention then turned to finding out just what working on a project such as KatataK is like for everybody involed.

“It’s been a fun experience working with so much talent. Todd’s music just fits the game very well, and it’s so epic. We’ve worked really hard on this project, and I just really hope people have enjoyed it. We’ve put a lot of passion into it.”

There’s plenty more to come from PixelSpill, according to James.

“We did a 48-hour charity game jam for #IndieQuilt, where we produced a game called Blopathon.”

“It’s a puzzle platformer with jumping mechanics (which you can play here) and was voted 3rd, out of 80.”

“After Katatak, we will be developing it into a full game for mobile and PC. We have a few other plans we’d like to bring to fruition, but I can’t talk about those yet”.

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‘KatataK’ is a sidescrolling shoot em’ up where the player fights a seemingly never-ending swarm of evil alien space cats that are invading Earth. The game is split into two modes; a story driven Career Mode and a never-ending swarm of enemies in Survival Mode.

The support characters you play with act as turrets and you can swap them out, depending on what you want your team to be like.

I’d like to give a huge thanks to James Booth for taking the time out to talk about KatataK. Make sure you check out the game when it is released this month.

Let us know what you think of the game in the comments below, or tweet us at @TubeChum.

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Daniel Mackrell

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Journalist. Former Winchester Student. Chelsea fan. @WINOL Alumnus. Co-editor, @TubeChum.
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