The Friskies cat food company has just released three new games for the iPad and the Android Tablet geared directly at entertaining felines all across the globe. All you need is a cat, the approprite device and a few hours to sit back and laugh.
According to the Friskies Games for Cats website “Friskies® is excited to feed your cats’ senses with three new games made just for cats. The colors, movement, and game-play have been researched and tested for maximum feline fun.”
Available for use on the iPad and Android Tablet, pet owners have the option of choosing between “Cat Fishing”, “Tasty Treasures Hunt”, and “Party Mix Up”. Here is a breakdown of all three games.
Check out the video on the side for actual gameplay action
Cat Fishing – The object of the game is for your cat to tap the screen when a goldfish swims to the surface, a sucessful capture gives your cat one point, and once all 10 fish are caught your cat becomes the victor. Careful though, because the more your cat taps on the screen the faster the fish zoom around and the more you are going to have to hold your bladder.
Tasty Treasures Hunt – In this game, spinning turkeys, fish, chickens and wedges of cheese creep around the screen drawing the attention of your cat to numerous corners of the play area making for a spectator sport like no other. Once your cat catches all 8 peices it is game over for those pesky critters.
Party Mix-Up – This is the gold medal match of all three games, where your cat will be challenged to 5 rounds of increasing action. Various Friskies treats bounce around the screen and when touched by your cat, break into even more delicious treats, until 5 have been captured. Each round increases in speed and difficulty sending your cat into a screen tappng frenzy that is sure to entertian your pet, and the family.
If your first concern over the obvious mixture of cats and touch screen surfaces has you worried, the good people at Friskies have done their research and say that “The bare glass screen on the iPad® stands up to our cat’s claws with no problems, but please be aware that a cat’s sharp claws could possibly damage add-on plastic film covers.”
Fair enough warning for those who might want to spend a few hours watching “Whiskers” or “Mr. Meowington” tech out on the family iPad or Android Tablet, but the tech info doesn’t end there. In fact, Friskes has done their work in releasing the following technical information that only a percentage of device holders will either understand or be able to decypher – but none the less here it is.
If you are here for the fuzzy stuff, just skip past this next part – no one will blame you.
About Friskies® Games for Cats
These iPad® Games for cats were created with HTML5/CSS3, a cutting-edge programming technique that allows for amazing animations with a much shorter development timeline than the traditional
Objective-C®-based iPad® apps. Additionally, HTML5-based apps can be released directly to the public as links, with no required user account at the iTunes® store, and they also work on other tablet platforms, like the Android.
The iOS™ Safari® Browser uses hardware acceleration for specific CSS3 webkit animations, and this is the best way to get smooth animation on iPad® Safari. The challenge is that these CSS3 animation techniques are not particularly well suited for game development, as they are asynchronous in nature, instead of frame-based.
CSS3 webkit animations work more like Flash™’s motion tweens; which means you need to know the starting and ending point of an animation before it even begins. By dynamically overlapping, canceling, and recreating CSS3 transitions, we were able to create smooth animations that respond to user input and change with the game state.
So if you’re not too concerned over the possibility of sharing some tech time with your feline companion on your favorite personal device, you should head on over to the Friskies Games For Cats Website and try them out today.
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