Fort Meow is a pillow fort physics-based puzzle adventure involving cats, destruction and a dusty old manor. Build a protective fort out of furniture to keep the cats at bay, while deciphering the mysterious tales hidden within the journal.
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Release Date: Jun 25, 2015

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“It’s dangerous to go alone, especially against the voracious lap attack cats”
8.5 – Aussie Geek

“Adorable cats and addictive physics based puzzle adventuring is a winning combination and ensures that Fort Meow will keep players hooked to the end.”
8.3 – GAMERamble

“It's beautiful, it's tons of fun, and it has such a warm and inviting tone to it that you'll fall in love at first sight, and be enamoured with it, warts and all.”
8.5 – GameGrin

About This Game

Fort Meow is a pillow fort physics-based puzzle adventure involving cats, destruction and a dusty old manor. Upon finding her grandfather’s journal in the attic, Nia is attacked by a barrage of feline assailants. It seems that her grandmother has become a crazy cat lady since last time she visited, so you will need to defend Nia by building a protective fort out of furniture to keep the cats at bay, while deciphering the mysterious tales hidden within the journal.

Build your own custom pillow fort out of household items to protect you from an onslaught of feline assailants as they tumble and claw their way through. Just be careful that your carefully constructed walls don’t tumble down with them.

Each item costs you some of your limited window of time before the next onslaught so choose wisely. As you unlock more time you can build more elaborate forts to deal with the increasingly challenging cat-assault.

Build and layer your forts with pillows, grandfather clocks, toasters and more. Collect items from around the house using your Grandfather's Move-It-Bot and transport them up to the attic.

There are over twenty items to discover, each with a unique property that will help you build the ultimate fortress of protection from the oncoming cat-aclysm.

Where are your grandparents and why are there so many cats in the attic? Only by reading the pages of your grandfather's journal can you unravel the clues to this mystery - if only those cats would let you read it.

It's up to Nia to follow the clues and save the day. Something cat-astrophic could be afoot.

Orange tabbies, majestic chinchillas, dreaded black cats, they are all invading the house and causing mischief. Each type of cat has unique properties and challenges to discover and strategise against. Some are even wearing watermelon stack hats!

To succeed you'll need to learn the secrets of every feline assailant and become a master of the kittypedia.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1300/NVidia GeForce 6600 GT or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 160 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX-Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Windows Media Codec required for cutscene videos
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.5 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1300/NVidia GeForce 6600 GT or better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX-Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Windows Media Codec required for cutscene videos
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56 of 63 people (89%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
In Fort Meow, you attempt to read a book while an army of cats try to climb onto your lap and take all of your attention. So basically like real life.

It's a fun physics fort building game, and it mixes things up with objects that have unique effects (catnip acts like a cat magnet, a lamp lowers the damage cats near it can do to your fort, laundry baskets hilariously fling cats into the distance). Due to the physics based nature of the game, there are times where I felt winning or losing depended entirely on sheer luck, but it's usually fun enough either way.

There's also a story somewhere in there for people who like reading and paying attention more than I do.

Over all, I'd say it's worth a shot. It's got loads of charm and it's satisfying to put together the perfect furniture fort.

Also, here's my obligatory shameless plug for my Youtube channel, where we played this game:
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
Played it all in one sitting. The sound, visual style and story of this game are all amazing and wholesome. The gameplay is fantastic, to the point that I had to finish it before going to bed. This was a ton of fun and I'm going to share it with everybody who thinks you can't make a good clean game interesting and fun to play. If you like tower defense or Angry Birds, definitely try Fort Meow!
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
It is a very, very short game of Jenga piling stuff to protect yourself from the meowing horde, aiming relentlessly at purring on your lap. Them ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s!
"Very very short", as in less than a couple of hours from start to finish.

It is also so charming I started another run as soon as I finished the first one.

Excepting for a few Steam related issues, zero frustration whatsoever. That's an achievement on its own.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2015
A very innovative physics puzzler with more cats than you can shake a stick at!

I like this game... it is very difficult but gives you a lot of different defensive and offensive items to build your fort with. Sometimes it can be frustrating but after 2-3 attempts you will get it eventually, I like how the fort stays intact after a loss so you can make a slight change to try it again (infinite times) but after a win, the fort will be completely messed up, I usually just wipe it at that point and rebuild.

Really the only flaw that I have found is that sometimes the physics can get a bit bugged, for example if you have 2 big couches beside you and then you put a few mattresses on top of them, you would think that it is a stable foundation but like 5% of the time the couches will bug out and start sliding away from each other. I can't really explain why this is but rebuilding or resetting parts will solve it. Not quite purrfect, but it's manageable.

I hope they can continue to add content over time as it looks like I almost have my whole house unlocked, it would be cool if this game had tons of new stages later on. It looks like you could beat the entire game in about 3-4 hours or so. I see some users have 12 hours in the game already so maybe there is a bit more than meets the eye.

One crucial change I hope the developers make is regarding the grandfather clock item. It reduces the cost of items by 5 minutes. Let's say you have 400 minutes available, you put down all sorts of couches and pillows and whatnot to consume it all, and with your 80 minutes remaining you buy the grandfather clock [which has a cost of 80]. You will then have 0 minutes remaining. But that should not be: since the grandfather clock should save you 5 minutes per item, you would think you have those 5 minutes back on all the stuff you already put down? You don't... and in order to get this, you need to wipe your fort and build it again, starting with the clock. So you always need to start with the clock, basically. I find this unnecessary! Just give the bonus when the clock is in play!
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
If you are wondering what is this game about, I'd describe it as "reverse Angry Birds".

You have to build a fort using the furniture you find around the house, every item have unique properties that combined help you to keep the cats away while Nia (the protagonist) is reading.

The game is fun, but short, it has some replayability potential though.

I don't regret buying it.

8/10 - Very good.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
You were going to stay at your grandparents' house but, when you arrive, it seems no one is home: after a short search you find your grandpa's diary and settle down in the attic to read it in an attempt to shed some light on what has happened. Suddendly cats start trying to jump on you and, as any cat owner knows, trying to do something with a cat sleeping on your lap is almost impossible: your only option at this point is to build a fort using the furniture found around the house to ensure you can finish reading.
The following game is a funny physics-based puzzler with alot of charm despite its basic gameplay and short length.


-the game graphics are cute and colorful

-funny soundtrack and sound design

-building a fort is pretty simple, trying to balance your pile of furniture is just as fun as seeing it slowly destroyed when cats lunge at you

-a good amount of furniture to unlock and six different cat types help keeping things fresh

-decent, funny story

-once you're done with the game you can still play through a survival mode to unlock new cat/ furniture skins


-due to the simple and somewhat repetitive gameplay I feel the game is best played in short bursts

-pretty short and easy, I was done with story mode in two hours

Fort Meow is a light-hearted and charming game, the premise of having cats landing on your lap and having to build a fort to avoid it is as silly as it sounds and the resulting gameplay, while very simple and a bit dull in the long run, has enough going for it to provide a good amount of entertainment. The various object you slowly unlock all have their hit points, shape and special bonuses and learning how they interact with each other or what's best at countering a certain cat will help you immensely in building a good fort. That said, the decent gameplay is backed up by an equally decent plot where the mystery is interesting enough to make you want to see the end.

I'd like to say that despite its simplicity the game can still be quite engaging, seeing your fort slowly eroded by cats while you hope that mattress will hold for just a few more attacks can be a bit tense and failing at the last cat wave will make you go "noooo!" as you end up with a purring cat on your lap.

If you're ok with its simplicity Fort Meow comes fully recommended and is a very good way to spend a few hours in a carefree manner.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
Fort Meow is a somewhat short physics based pillowfort simulator. In this game you follow Nia as she unravels the secrets of her grandparents sudden disappearance and why there are so many cats around...And why they're so clingy!

You begin the game building a basic fortress from chairs and brooms, and eventually you have an entire house worth of furniture in there, all ready to ward off the cats who keep trying to interupt your quest to figure out what Nia's grandpa wrote in his journal the days shortly before this all.
Once you have lasted a few waves, you will be able to go through the house and take more items with you to build. Some may be more your playstyle than others, and some may appear to be amazing but in effect are less so, and you can be surprised by the usefulness of an item you thought you would probably never use more than once to see it in action.

The game has a gradual learning curve that feels neither too fast nor too slow, and allows you plenty of freedom in designing and building your fortress. The story is well made(Don't expect a grand literary masterpiece though), and the art style consistent.
Of course, no game is without downsides, but Fort Meow is a well-rounded game with the obvious downside of its length. It's a short game, as you can likely see from the time played in both this review and other reviews, and one thing that could be both good and bad was the physics in use. You can not perfectly stack up everything and count incoming cats. For some this may feel random, but personally I found it nice to see that you could not just turn it into a math equation and solve it before playing. For your fort to be succesfull, you need more than just theory. You need to have it made in a way that it still works if things -don't- go as planned.

In the end, Fort Meow is a good, if somewhat short game that offers you a few hours which are entertaining, easy to play, and rewarding to finish.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Fun litle game.

Finished (100% achievements and story) in 3 hours.

Not worth the full price (7,99€), but when getting it during sale at 75% it would be ok.

Despite that I´ve seen similar games on kongregate for free, although this is a very polished version of those games.

Overall I am not disapointed with my purchase (got it during sale), but would feel cheated if I´d have paid full price.

There is just not enought content for the asking price.

Still giving it a thumbs up because ... yeah why not?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
I really enjoyed playing through this game. If I wasn't going for the achievements (which I did end up having to do a second play-through to get) my playtime would have been much shorter. If you're looking to throw away a couple hours on a fun game, I would definitely say that this game is worth the money.

Essentially, you are a girl who has come to spend some time with your grandparents. Upon your arrival, you find that neither your grandfather, nor your grandmother are around. Searching for something to do until they arrive, you find your grandfather's journal and become enthralled with his detailed account of what he's been working on lately. However, there is one minor flaw with reading the journal...your grandparents have some VERY needy cats who crave your attention. To keep them at bay, you must build a fort and read the information that they may not want you to know...

While this review might show a conlist that outweighs the pros, the game itself is fun and the cosmetic issues are things that can be overlooked in the longrun. I would give this game a rating of 9/10, as it is a unique idea and was generally fun to play through.

- This game is entertaining. The storyline itself was interesting and the side quests were entertaining. I was not bored the entire time I played through Fort Meow.
- The game continually builds upon itself. You are tasked with collecting side items to strengthen your fort, as well as clues to chip away at the mystery of these overly affectionate felines.
- Both the music and the art style add to the gameplay. The music isn't grating upon one's ears and it's lovely to look at.
- The random drops from the packages were a nice touch, giving the player a chance to hoard the items and use them when a level was too hard to conquer without the use of something else.
- The creators were thoughtful enough to include Steam achievements and trading cards.

- You cannot skip scenes. I do not like being forced to read the entire dialogue. For 1 playing, this might have been an irritating quirk. However, only having the ability to click quickly to speed along the dialogue would not be nearly as useful as a skip button for entire scenes.
- It's short. You can knock this game out entirely in one sitting. Some people might like this, but it would be nice to give this game some more replayable content, like the last level.
- The only challenging part of the game was the last level, where you must rebuild your fort multiple times while the battery is recharging. While the later levels do try to increase the challenge of cats, I felt that the outcome was entirely luck based. You had to have a little more strategy in how you built your fort to keep its stability.
- It's a bit repetitive and is almost entirely luck-based. I've found that by using the same shoddy builds up to 10 times, you will eventually get a success.
- There was a lack of introductions of the new cat introductions. I felt as if I was having various new cats thrown at me constantly and noticed that the description of the cats in my journal did not always pop up upon their introductions. Sometimes I would have to wait until after the level had finished to read about them. Having a notice popup upon each cat's arrival might have been more useful.
- The inability to return to the certain areas in the last level(s). Do not head past the Dark Room or you will have to replay the entire game to get the achievements.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
I have a soft spot for cat games, and this one has quickly turned into one of my favorites. It is a fort building game with cute graphics and sounds, somewhat challenging gameplay that doesn't have much of a learning curve, and fun music that fits the overall feel of the story/gameplay. I would classify this as a comfy game.

As mentioned in other reviews there is a bit of luck involved in your fort surviving a wave, and sometimes a build that doesn't work will suddenly work when repeating the wave just by how the cats hit the fort. This is a minor complaint though, as the other aspects of the game more than makes up for it. The game itself is not long, but I find myself playing it over and over just because the game makes me smile. There are a couple of minor bugs I have found which have already been mentioned in the forums but they are not game breaking by any means. The developer is active in addressing them, which is a nice plus.

I wish I had the ability to purchase the soundtrack, and hopefully that will be an option later. It's that good. If you are a cat lover or like games that are just pure fun to play, then you can't go wrong with this title.
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20.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
This is the most accurate depiction of cat ownership in a video game that I've seen since "Cat Goes Fishing"! This game walks you through all the ups and downs (yes, there will be plenty of downs) of pet responsibility, while simultaneously opening a much needed dialog about the risks of over-adoption.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: July 10
I really really like this game. Out of all the games that I have, I have to say THIS game is the only one I've gotten so far in. It's addictive, and the art is cute so I love it. It's challanging, the only thing i wish is that it was longer. It's kinda short in my opinion. Like I beat the game...I now it's got me in like some kind of lightening round where you gotta "test your might" and see if you could beat records. If i don't have a goal to reach I don't see the point of that part, but honestly it's super fun and you should give it a try. And despite the name, it is very cat friendly lol.
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5.3 hrs
Posted: July 7
The cutest thing ever. I almost keep wanting to let the cats breach my fort so they can sleep and purr on my lap.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: July 3
I friggin' love this game! The only dissappointing thing is that I can't download the amazing soundtrack! CAN YOU PLEASE LET ME BUY IT?!
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3.1 hrs
Posted: July 1
This game is like the reverse of "Angry Birds", where you barricade yourself in with furniture while cats are trying to pounce and break their way through. It is currently a relatively unique game, and most certainly not "Adventure" or "Tower Defense" as currently tagged, except in the loosest sense of the genres.

It is a very short game (I took about 3 hours to complete it), and in many ways it is a diamond in the rough. There is a mildly interesting story, ok game design with slight challenges and variations, and decent graphics and soundtrack, but none of them are anything to rave about.

My verdict is: get it cheap and play it once, just for a new experience and a bit of casual fun.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: June 12
This game is cute. It's a 7 year old girl's dream. And tbh i had fun too. But it offers about 2-3 hours of playtime and no replay-value (to me that is). So i would commend this game for less then 3 €. But not above.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: June 5
Cute, little game with a great "reverse-AngryBirds" mechanic which made for a lot of fun.

This was a fun, little play through and a very well done game. The idea is pretty simple: your character is trying to read a book undisturbed, but the cats are determined to lie on your lap! So you do the only logical thing a person would do -- you build a fort! :-)

Fort construction is the meat of the game. All around you, you build your fort out of chairs, mattresses, cushions, and the list just keeps growing and growing as the levels increase. When you're ready, then you click the Defend button and you see if your fort holds up against the cats flying in at you from off the screen ala AngryBirds.

Each item used to make your fort uses "points" of which you only have so much of to build a fort with, so you have to design and choose your parts wisely, and make adjustments for how and where the cats are coming from as that changes from each level.

I found it hilarious just how much the cats attacked just like all the different varieties of AngryBirds birds!

In between fighting off a wave of cats, you can explore the house to pick up additional items in which to build a fort out of. And this continues; fend off more waves, explore more house... while all this is going on, your character reveals the story of what's going on by revealing the page out of the book that was just read. And I found it a very entertaining story.

The PRO's:
- Fun gameplay.
- Nice, cartoony graphics.
- Very well made and polished.
- Pacing. New cats and objects for fort are revealed at a nice pace so each level is a little different. Very nice.
- Some very creative and cool items for your fort.

The OK:
- It's a little short. BUT, it does have Challenge maps after the campaign. (Which I didn't try, but there is more to do after the campaign)

The CONs:
- Nothing really.

Overall: It's a little short (my campaign was only 2.6 hours), but I sure had a great time! 8 out ot 10
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4.5 hrs
Posted: May 19
The game is purrrr....fect... It's FURTASTIC!

You HAVE TO play it MEOW! ;3

Highly recommended for cat lovers. // Like myself...

Now I gotta go and cuddle with my persian kitten... purrr....

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3.5 hrs
Posted: April 1

While it is a little hard to understand why you wouldn't want a cat in your lap while you read, avoiding that is the goal of 'Fort Meow'. A goal achieved by using household to items build a protective fort to outlast waves of feline assailants.

The game's theme is solidified by strong visual and audio design. Stacking physics works well making fort building is enjoyable. It would benefit from showing more information on cat attack waves along with the ability to save fort designs. On occasion the physics interactions make winning or losing appear to depend on luck over skill.
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5.8 hrs
Posted: March 5
- "Just the Basics" achievement is semi-bugged; took like 20 attempts with a reinstall somewhere inbetween to finally trigger
- bug where two different musical tracks play simultaneously (on top of each other)
- bug where items can no longer be rotated (requires exiting to menu to "fix")
- bug where perfectly horizontal items are sliding away on their own due to collision physics wonkiness
- bunch of other minor bugs, like the shadows of both Nia and Magnus always shown when viewing the machine, even when Nia is alone (after winning the game)

All of the above are rather common occurences. What I took the most issue with, however, was how the story developed. It promotes a pointless genocide of cats who would rather just be left alone to dream of electric mice, all for the amusement of asinine children. The grandfather's approach to them (that can be gleaned from the journal) is also highly controversial to me - how he treats them as disposable objects, not noticing a point past which they no longer were such. And back to the kids again - it's all fun and smiles for them while the (clearly at least semi-sentient) cats are fighting desperately for survival. The callousness of the whole thing left me disturbed and saddened, from a casual game I would've never suspected of influencing me in such a way.

Compare this to Hatred, which is one of my favourite games of 2015. In Hatred, humans are the target. This makes it okay because, frankly, the human species has it coming. Cats however, are off limits (to me at least).

The music is nice (I like elevator music). The art direction is passable, though how they do faces (both of cats and humans) is just... ugh. The gameplay itself is quite fun but none of this is enough to salvage my opinion. Not recommended.
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