Built on no engine or external libraries, this game takes you through a 3D adventure rendered in a plain text window.
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Apr 20, 2019

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March 30

Mac Support

The Cat and the Box now runs on Mac! Unfortunately, this required bundling a JDK (the big boi) with the app, but let's not worry about that. The important thing is that it can run on a Mac, and it meets Steam's standard of not requiring the user to download Java. I tested it out on my virtual machine and it runs, but there are some weird mouse issues. I'm 99% sure that's just a consequence of using a virtual machine and not actually a compatibility issue, but I'd appreciate it if some Mac user with access to the game would test that out for me anyway before release, just to be sure.

Now, let's talk about Linux support. I have worked on making it run on Linux by launching it from a shell script with a given JRE. So it maybe possibly kind of sort of works. The problem is I can't test it yet because I don't have access to a Linux operating system, and I've had enough virtual machines for one lifetime. In the meantime, I'm pretty sure my shell script doesn't work, so no Linux support yet. Soon I'll go home and fire up my big Linux machine and do some testing and fixing, and it'll hopefully be ready by release time.
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March 29

Mac and Linux Support

The Cat and the Box has finally passed review, but as an app that supports Windows only. This is unfortunate because it runs on Java, which means it has the potential to run on any operating system in the world. The problem is that Steam doesn't want Java to be a prerequisite for running my game. They would rather the game runs no matter what. Their preferred solution is to install a JRE with the game and make it the system's java home. This has the potential to piss a lot of people off because this JRE will become outdated eventually and potentially break peoples' other apps. People may never know it was me who screwed everything up, but I'll still have a hard time sleeping at night. So instead I've made it install a JRE but only use it to launch this particular app instead of making it the java home. The problem with this approach is that the .jar file can't find the JRE on its own, so it needs an executable wrapper. Launch4j provides an exe wrapper, but of course, this will only work on Windows. I believe there is a way I can write a script for Mac and Linux that will launch a .jar with a provided JRE, which will allow me to add Mac and Linux support. I'll try to figure that out before release time.

tl;dr: hang tight guys, I'm gonna try to bring this game to every operating system before release time.
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About This Game

The Cat and the Box is a story-rich game in which a brave player might struggle to save their soul. Taking place beyond our causality, the game lasts until the man up above pulls the plug.
  • Explore 12 levels and complete 5 2D arcade games
  • Meet fallen creatures in the only City
  • Fight with a demon for your soul
  • Do as He failed to do.


  • WASD to move
  • Esc or Alt+Tab to pause and view options
  • Space to jump
  • E to interact

static int[][][][] universe = new int[∞][∞][∞][?]

--/+\\/_/=-_\C_/_=-++\_a==++n-_ +you hear me?

=._\-\-+_+\Th\\\-+=_\/-++\=-a=\-/n.+k=\=/-+ you.- For .finding /the pieces...

-I+//./t-/=-\=- =-fee-+-.\/.l=_+..+s=+ g=oo++/=d. To hear my +voice again.

-/_-+=-_+.+=/_=/+-/-+=E/==._=\v==.=\en\++ so.+ -He'll never know.

_.+\-\/_=\_=---\/=+-\-==-=\\/--+.._.-=+/_._--+//.-_.+-+./I\+\//___/__\. w=\-i_+sh_ -I c-ou=+l_-d= tell// him why I did what I did.

-/-\-/./\-/=_+++++//+_.T./\\-_//\h/.-/.at+.--_+ _-/T_+/\he ==f\+ir=s+t _symptom of this sickness. Is not wanting to get better.

H-._e'\ll. Never know.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Vista, 7, or 10
    • Processor: Intel 2.77GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or above.
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: no requirement
    • OS: OS X 10.7.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel 2.77GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or above.
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: no requirement

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