Meow Wars Open Beta!

Cats out of the bag!  The Meow Wars Open Beta is now available.  If you would like to help test Meow Wars and get an early sneak peek, go choose your mobile platform at beta.meowwars.com!

After Stop Santa, it’s been busy here at Taco Truck Games headquarters getting the beta ready and eventually the launching of Meow Wars.  Between revamping the entire UI, adding multiplayer, finalizing sound fx and music, Meow Wars is finally starting to look and feel like a pretty cool game.

Additional Meow Wars Contributors

I’d like to announce that Alex Schearer of Spotted Zebra has joined to help finish the last remaining push.  He’s been playing with all our cats and has even made them fight over the internet!   It’s been a real meow fest getting all these final features out to you all.

Pretty soon, you’ll also be pleased to hear that Elise Kates audio production is bringing her awesome sound design skills to finally add some much needed cat sounds into the game.  We’re very excited for you to hear all the cat reactions we’ve meowed up for you.

Multiplayer Mini Map

Having to design a multiplayer options screen meant that I had to design some kind of avatar and stage select.  For the avatar portion, it was relatively simple to bring in the full spine animated avatars, and they turned out great.

Beta Screenshot

For the mini map, this required additional work.  I wanted to include the awesome mini-map used in Story Mode, so broke it up into the different stages and created little islands.

This allowed each section to be animated individually and also add a mask to add a shine over the selected region.  Check it out when you try out the beta.

UI Updates & Tooltips

Another big update was the revamp of the UI.  After finally deciding and landing on a look, it was time to put together all the various UIs that go into making a game.  Here is a sample of a few of the new UI:

One of the common things I saw player do during play tests was tap on everything on the screen to see what it did.  I learned it was a way for players to explore what was possible in the game.  This is when I decided a tool tip would be a good idea.  The tool tip gives you information about different parts of the screen and cards.  So for all those that don’t real the dialogue, or skip the tutorial, you’ll still have some help along the way as you play.

Go Get The Beta

In addition to the updates above, lots of work has gone into getting the beta out.  Now that it’s out, we’re working hard here at Taco Truck Games to bring you the next beta update, with more meows and less bugs.  Sign up for the beta right meow! => beta.meowwars.com