A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

The King of Cats is a short visual novel inspired by 1980s creature features and Michael Crichton's classic novel, Jurassic Park.

Doctor Kemp is a millionaire wildlife biologist with a love for big cats. He just bought a litter of tigers for a unique business opportunity in Mexico. The only problem is the deal isn't exactly legal.

He assembles a team to smuggle the tigers aboard a cargo ship and escort them across the ocean. But when a storm hits early in the voyage, the tigers break free and the hunt begins.

Can you survive a night aboard a cargo ship with man-eating tigers on the loose?  Your choices will determine who lives and who dies.

  • Approximately 9,000 words
  • Two endings, each with different surviving characters depending on your choices.

This VN was written and programmed in two weeks for Spooktober VN Jam 2022.

Like the character silhouettes?  Feel free to use them for your own project!  Download the Bureaucrats asset pack here!

PlatformsWindows, Linux
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorWitching Metal
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withRen'Py
Tags2D, Atmospheric, Horror, Short
Average sessionAbout a half-hour


The King of Cats (v 1.1) 140 MB

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The answer to your log line from my playthrough would be, only partially xD cos I didn't manage to save everyone, haha. But then it does say that it's the good ending that I got, so maybe I didn't do too terribly x3 There were 5 casualties for me. I'm guessing I must be able to save more than that though if I pick some different choices. Also, the ending name made me smile :D

It was fun anyhow! I've never been great at saving a cast of characters in games where that's an objective x3 aside from my first playthrough of House of Ashes, where I somehow managed to get everyone to survive! But it's fine cos it's amusing getting to see how your choices impact stuff and who you end up accidentally screwing over :P

You've definitely captured the essence of what you said on the page this was inspired by, that's for sure :3

Thank you very much for the kind words!  Yes, some casualties are inevitable, but a couple characters can be saved depending on your choices ;)