Cat On Yer Head

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COYH wreaths

Introduction

Cat On Yer Head is a crowd game that starts with a few simple rules that can then be modified while it is played. An imaginary cat, passed between players, chases an imaginary mouse who must escape it and eat cheese; or hide down a mouse hole; or turn into a cat-eating monster – or whatever the players invent. Because that’s the aim of the game: to build upon its basic rules, redesign it on the fly and make it sillier while you play.

The game is now available in digital and print editions as a 48-page illustrated storybook, with full instructions so that anyone can play. The digital edition will be expanded with new game features and the price includes all future updates. The book is already an IndieCade 2014 Official Selection.

Free Sampler
(24-page PDF)
Digital Edition
(48-page PDF with free updates)
Print Edition
(48-page laminated A5 book)
Print Edition + FREE DIGITAL EDITION
(48-page laminated A5 book + 48-page PDF with free updates)

Quotes

★ “Lovely little game. Clever. Astutely designed.” – Bernie DeKoven, author of The Well-Played Game, reviews the game here and here.

★ “Get ahead, get Cat On Yer Head (…) I can’t recommend it highly enough” – The Edinburgh Evening News

★ “An interesting crowd based game where you’re making up the rules (…) Fantastic to watch a real-life iteration on a game design” – Ben Milsom, BBC 99 Coins podcast (at 22 mins 50 secs)

★ “Brilliant Playniac party/comedy game that turns audience into ‘drunken human computer’. Love it!” – Douglas Wilson, Die Gute Fabrik

★ “Cat On Yer Head is an extraordinary game, where players are not protagonists or antagonists but parts of the playfield, intelligent pixels guiding the course of cats and mice that literally don’t exist but want to catch each other anyway. It’s a delightful experience with a unique perspective on games, play and fun.” – James Wallis, Spaaace and Gamecamp

★ “Totally brilliant party game by Playniac.” – Gabe Smedresman, game designer

Photos and video

COYH at GDC Europe 2011
GDC Europe 2011 (Cologne)


Cat On Yer Head promo


IndieCade 2014 (Los Angeles)


Sunday Assembly, 2013 (London)


Gamecamp 6, 2013 (London)

Appearances

Cat On Yer Head has been performed internationally, featured at games festivals such as IndieCade, GameCity, GameCamp, GDC Europe and Edinburgh Interactive / Edinburgh Fringe; comedy events such as Science Showoff and Bright Club; and special events at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and for Channel 4 in Glasgow. Here’s a full list of appearances:


LEGup at Google Campus, 2014 (London) – Complete session

Other Resources

See Flickr for a full set of photos of the game in action and Storify for photos and tweets from previous events.

For press enquiries, please see our presskit.

Original concept co-created with Richard Butterworth.

Photo credits in order of appearance: Paulina Wanat for GDC Europe.

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