The Cat Behind The Video Game “Stray”

If you’re a cat lover, then you’re going to love the new video game “Stray”. We love to spoil them with toys, treats, and attention. So it should come as no surprise that we would also be drawn to a video game that lets us play as a cute stray cat. “Stray” is a new game that has taken the internet by storm, and its popularity only seems to be growing.

You play as a little stray cat, who traverses by leaping across platforms and climbing up obstacles. there are all sorts of fun activities to keep players entertained, like sleeping, meowing, nuzzling up to NPCs, and more.

In the game, the player is accompanied by a helpful drone companion named B-12. B-12 helps out by translating the language of other characters, storing items found throughout the world, providing light and hacking into various technologies to open paths and solve puzzles. It’s really handy to have B-12 around!

As you progress through the game, you’ll also find some of B-12’s memories. These memories provide more context for the story behind the world. Most of them are optional, but some are unlocked through story progression. In addition to all that, you can also collect badges as you explore the world.

The Real “Stray”

The gameplay experience for this game was directly inspired by the founders’ cats, Murtaugh and Riggs, as well as the in-house cats, Oscar and Jun. In fact, Murtaugh served as the primary inspiration for the game’s protagonist. And Oscar, a furless Sphynx, provided reference material for animation. Miko, the team’s cat animator, studied several images and videos of cats to create realistic movements that would also be enjoyable to play. As a result, this game is not only fun to play, but it’s also a pretty accurate portrayal of what cats are really like.

The office cats have always been a big part of the development team, so when they started reacting to the in-game cat, the team knew they were onto something good. The cats provided invaluable feedback during testing, and their input helped to make the game even more enjoyable.

Have a look at Murtaugh in real life and his video game character:

Incredibly Realistic

The Developers spend about 6 years on this game. The results are stunning when it comes to all the details about cats, their body language etc.

Jackson Galaxy has a great video about it:

Cats Love “Stray”

Pet parents have been sharing photos and videos of their cats curiously observing “Stray” on their TV screens and it’s equal parts hilarious and heartwarming. Whether they’re perched atop the television or trying to swat at the virtual critters crawling across the screen, it’s clear that cats find “Stray” just as captivating as we do. And we can’t help but wonder – are they drawn to the game because they think their virtual counterparts are real? Either way, it’s clear that “Stray” is providing hours of enjoyment for cats and their humans alike


Nikol Toteva was born into a family with a Saint Bernard and spent her childhood on a farm surrounded by animals. Animals have always been a big part of her life. Her upbringing has created a special place in her heart for animals, which she enjoys writing about. She has worked as a writer in different industries for many years. Nikol has a degree in History and loves to spend time with her cat Napoléon.

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