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This cat-fighting game better be at Evo 2020

Meowster a new form of feline combat

Fisti-fluffs cat fighting game Image: Playfellow Studio
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About a month ago, Playfellow Studios announced a new indie game: Fisti-fluffs. The studio behind New Light ‘89 and Mako: The Shark Game are putting together a new party game all about cats.

In Fisti-fluffs, you can select a cat you want to control, choose hats you think they might look good in, and battle other cats for dominance in the living room. Fisti-cuffs is all about batting fellow cats with your ferocious paws; there are no Hadoukens or Kamehamehas here. To win the fight, you need to bash the enemy cats until their health is zero — and repeat the process depending on how many “cat lives” the enemy player has (up to nine, of course).

Fisti-fluffs cat fighting game
What all cat owners come home to on a Sunday afternoon
Gif: Playfellow Studio

But Fisti-fluffs isn’t a traditional 2D or 3D fighter. Instead, you and your cat can jump around the arena, flinging furniture, fish, and generally destroying the home of your owner. Seasoned cat owners should be familiar with this kind of destruction. But if the destruction isn’t enough to complete your authentic cat experience, you can also use the D-pad to meow, growl, and hiss at your fellow competitors or inanimate objects.

You can pick up a demo for Fisti-fluffs (which offers the Tussle fighting mode for up to four players) for free on If you want to support the developers, you can donate to them through Fisti-fluffs’ page or Playfellow’s Patreon.

Before you determine if your cat is a fighter, you may want to calculate their HP first

The studio has already launched a new build for Patreon subscribers, including a new backyard map, and a new cat called Glo. We’re not sure if Fisti-fluffs will appear at the next great fighting tournament, but we do know it only costs $500 for Playfellow to recreate your own cat in the game.

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