The Future is Meow! The Cat Machine is a game of logic, and cats riding around on trains. As we are all aware, The Cat Machine is a giant contraption that maintains the stability of earth's orbit around the sun. A fun logical puzzler with over 50 levels, now you can build that machine too!
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Very Positive (70 reviews) - 94% of the 70 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 12, 2015

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"There’s humour here in spades... It’s fun, fast, colourful"
- Rock Paper Shotgun

The Cat Machine is a game of logic, and also cats. Cats riding around on Trains. As we are all aware, the stability of planet earth's orbit around the sun is maintained by an enormous and very secret underground machine. A machine where cats of various colours ride around on trains, as cats have done since time immemorial.

Without this secret mechanism, the earth would undoubtedly fold in on itself, probably with a rather satisfying popping noise, but also with the unpleasant side-effect of then ceasing to exist.

The Cat Machine places you in charge of designing that contraption.



A fun logical puzzler, the game is all about working on a solution, the correct design that will 'process' multiple configurations of cat trains. Cats can only travel on tracks that are the same colour as the cat itself (of course) and the cat at the front of the track decides where the whole train will go. Once a cat has traveled along a coloured track, it flies away, as cats are well known to do. The goal is, for every train, make all the cats, including the white one at the end, fly into the ether.

This is the only way to save the earth.



  • More than fifty levels!
  • So many cats, you wouldn't believe it. It has, I think, all the cats.
  • Beautiful, beautiful music!
  • Utilises high-fidelity, 60fps Advanced Cat/Train Simulation Technology for maximum cuteness.
  • Support for Windows, Mac, and even our Linux friends.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6GHz Dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7
    • Processor: 1.6GHz Dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: 1.6GHz Dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated graphics
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Very Positive (70 reviews)
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Philotas' Coke Kitten
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
My Maine Coon approves.
He also told me that you can go MEOW yourself if you don't like the game.
Yes, he's the savage kind, the one that would MEOW your MEOW up.
You've been MEOWED, erhm warned, sorry.
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Pietro KC
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
The Cat Machine is incredibly fun, having the time of my life.

It's a puzzle game reminiscent of SpaceChem, in that you must build paths for certain objects to traverse in just the right way. But in The Cat Machine the thing you're guiding is a train... of cats.

The mechanics are simple and intuitive, and the graphics, music & text are hilarious. I can't get enough of these cat trains, and the scientist cats programming up a storm in the background.

In detail, you have a train of cats where each cat is a different color. You have to make the train go across tracks of the same color as the cats, in the same order. To make matters more complicated, the same set of tracks you designed has to work for several different cat trains.

Often it feels like designing a finite automaton to accept a given set of strings. At a complexity level the game is clearly in NP, and moreover it is straightforward to encode planar Hamilton path in it, so it's NP-complete. (I.e. guaranteed challenge!)

Level design is very good too; brute forcing will not work, you must notice regularities & patterns in the cat trains you're going to have to guide and devise some high-level plan first.

Highly recommended.
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Awesome cat
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Meow!
Meow!
Meow!
Meow! Meow!

Meow!
Meow!
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!whistle (´・ᆺ・`)
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
cute purrzle game
but the background and those spinning arrows make me dizzy :(
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OrangeGlo
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Very much enjoying this. Looks to be about 50 puzzles or so. I'm about halfway through and the difficulty is starting to ramp up to a solid challenge. My one very minor gripe is I wish you could reverse a track direction without deleting it entirely. It could also use steam cloud syncing. Other than that, a great game for anyone who enjoys logic games and cats.
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Nick Da Nasty
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
The Review:

I actually enjoy this offering from Cranktain. Honestly, I don't play for long periods of time becuase I think I could probably complete this wthin an hour or two. It's fun with sometimes funny man made meows. I don't get hung up on the puzzles to much, but I could see how this could become challenging. I can see how some people would not enjoy this game. Take it for what it is, a great m ini game inbetween your full on games that you are playing. It's like a break from the norm for me.

Music is in the wonky, Disgaea type flow. It's light hearted.
Game play is what to be expected, basic controls and the tutorial if you need it; is easy to understand.
Visuals are very 70's meet the present trpe feel.

Enjoyable

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Zach Wilson
( 0.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
fine game but the solution is always very prescribed. Doesn't compare to a game like Spacechem or Big Pharma. very low production values.
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iseeall
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
7/10
It's a good puzzle game about cats, with a unique mechanic and great humor.

The good:
- pretty interesting puzzles, unique system
- nice nerdy humor
- good music, especially the one which plays when you win the level (cats' meows are hilarious there!)
- the "cats" theme is great! Me and my wife love cats, that was probably the main reason I bought this game ))

The so-so:
- graphics are pretty basic, with single-color fills and thick black contours, which is typical on mobile. They are appropriate for the humorous tone of the game but clearly with some professional 2D art the game could look a lot better

The bad:
- some of the meows of cats don't feel natural. It may be they are indeed true recordings of a cat, but they somewhat seem too different from each other. There are also too few of them (just 4 or 5).

I'd recommend this game if you love cats, have a higher education or are getting one, and don't have this game on mobile already. It's not too expensive, and there are plenty of levels to beat.
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MisterFlibble
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
An interesting puzzle game. My only worry is it seems a bit simple. I got all the way through to most of the harder levels in about an hour of play. There's a bunch more levels to do, but it's more of the same - feeling a bit tedious to grind through them all.
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BumPaf
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
Does not work on Linux despite what the store page says. I reported the problem months ago and no patch has been edited so far.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
My Maine Coon approves.
He also told me that you can go MEOW yourself if you don't like the game.
Yes, he's the savage kind, the one that would MEOW your MEOW up.
You've been MEOWED, erhm warned, sorry.
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84 of 91 people (92%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
Firstly, yes, it's bonkers. Underneath that though are some truly brain-bending puzzles. And cats.

It's a programming-style puzzle game. You lay rails to control the flow of cat-trains, which seems simple enough, but those rails can't cross, and they can only attach to the existing tracks at fixed locations. So, solutions involve reusing parts of your railway as much as possible, while accommodating different trains of varying lengths, and then noticing that the very last train ends-up in the wrong place because you didn't think it through properly!

I've not played too far in yet because it's worn my brain out. Having now completed the game, boy does it get hard at the end! Felt great to complete that last puzzle. :D I definitely recommend it if you enjoy at least two of the following: puzzle games, silliness, and cats.
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
This game has cartoon, brightly primary colored cats. They ride around on colored tracks you build. If you build the tracks right, the cats fly off into space, thus keeping the Earth from going off orbit and killing us all. All of this is underscored with a zippy, upbeat soundtrack that is oddly infectious on its own.

This might lead a casual observer to conclude that this is simplistic game targeted towards children. That observer would be wrong. The puzzles seem like they would be straight forward enough. You can see the trains of kitties that will have to navigate the machine you must build. So just build colors of tracks that match the kitties that must ride them. Simple? Not so much after the first few puzzles. I got stumped four or five puzzles in. Solved a few more puzzles, since the game progression isn't completely linear and that is an option. My brain grew a bit smarter at this, and I was able to go back and finish the one that stopped me. As much as I like the soundtrack, I soon disabled it to better focus on the mentally engaging gameplay.

The answers aren't always obvious, at least to someone with my brainpower. Still, the puzzles do seem doable. It's refreshing to find a puzzle game mechanic that straddles the line between challenging and thought provoking without crossing over to exasperation. All with a cheerfully looney premise, adorable oddly colored cats, and a lighthearted cheerful soundtrack that bring capital letter "F" fun.

About the only negative criticism I can really think of right now is that there really is only just the puzzle build aspect of this game. As far as I can tell no score is kept, solving the puzzles and progressing to the next one is it's own reward. There are, I dunno, 50-ish levels I believe? I'm not looking forward to the day I run out of them. Hopefully in the future there will be some DLC with more puzzles. Also. it would be super if there were steam workshop support so that players could create share puzzles with the community.

All in all this is a very nice little title that seems worth the price. If you like puzzle games I doubt that you'll be disapointed with this one.

8/10
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
The Cat Machine is easy to categorize. It's a catchy entry in the catalogue of puzzle games, and will draw you in like Catholics to a catechism. You simply place rails, and cat trains drive along them like caterpillars, with a goal of preventing a catastrophe from befalling the earth. Avoiding the cataclysm is as simple as flinging cats off the train in the correct order. Levels become increasingly complex, and some of the more difficult ones have left me feeling catatonic, but finally solving them can feel cathartic. If you get too stressed out, just take a catnap, have some catnip, and try again. If you like puzzles, The Cat Machine caters to you, and is a real cat treat.
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167 of 276 people (61%) found this review helpful
221 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
Meow meow meowmeow!

Meow:
+ Meow meow...
+ Meowmeow meow
+ meowmeow
MoewMeow:
- meowmeowmeweow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z_383NP3oU
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
When I first set eyes on this game during greenlight, I was intrigued enough to give it some backing due to the bonkers conceit, the promises of puzzles and well...there are cats absolutely everywhere. Now I've actually got the chance to gets some hands-on time with the game, I have to say that it really has surpassed my expectations so far. It's far, far more than just cats mucking about on trains (as if that would be a bad thing).

On the surface, all the things you've been led to expect are there - the cats are indeed all over the place, the aesthetic is cute without being gimmicky and a special mention to the music - it's hypnotic and whimsical. But scratch below that and you've got an addictive, rewarding puzzle game that, after a good hour or so of play, has managed to consistently offer a balance of pleasantly-frustrating head scratching that makes every level completed feel like a genuine minor triumph. Got plenty of levels to go but the difficulty curve has felt steady and rewarding so far - though I can see this getting very, very tough further on. And the Science Cat is bloody adorable.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
9001/10 would meow and fly again

Okay seriously, this game is LOADS of fun, I used to hate puzzlers (and still do) but when my mom introduced me to this game I fell in love with it.

1. Cats. I loooove cats and if you don't you'll still get a kick out of the game!
2. Trains. I love trains as well but this is different: You have to figure out orders, bypasses, and many more things!

All in all this is an amazing game for ANYBODY! Yes, anyone.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
"I assure all of you that this game was created under sober and sensible conditions, like the responsible adult that I am.
I am definitely not held captive in a cage by my cat oppressors someone please send help send he-- "
(c) developer of the game

Cat machine is purrfect for anyone who likes cats and/or puzzles. You have to bring the cat train to the end of the track. Each colorful cat cat only ride his colorful track. Go figure how to give the cats the ride of their life while they will cheer you up with meows once you're done. That's the short version of gameplay.
Oh, and you are calibrating Earth orbit while doing these machines.

But really, Cat machine is funny, and makes you think. It's good, would recommend
Oh, and it has 100% positive user reviews at the time of writing.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
The puzzles are challenging but the controls are minimal and intuitive. No time pressure, and if you botch a solution you can go back and fix elements of it without having to redo the whole level.

The cat aspect is just window dressing, but as a theme it's not shoehorned in or cloying. It's just the perfect sprinkle of cats to enhance the enjoyment of a neat little puzzle game.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
I recommend this game. This is a puzzle game, but not the kind that gives you headaches or anxiety because it involves CATS ON TRAINS!!! Once you create a sequence of train tracks that match the color-coded cats, you can hear the satisfaction of cats meowing and floating out into space. The music is VERY familiar.
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