Catnips is a very simple local multiplayer game controlled by pushing the latex nipples on a furry cat controller. The physical cats are represented on-screen, where they must compete to feed their kittens by spraying milk accurately and efficiently. A big hit at events, Catnips combines the cute and the creepy resulting in playful fun.
The inspiration came from a drunken conversation at the Sydney IGDA meetup, which went along the lines of; "you know, if you laid four xbox controllers down, covered them with fur, and cut out holes for the joysticks, they'd look like nipples on a cat." A month or two later we thought it wasn't a bad idea, and made Catnips. We wanted to make something tactile and fun, but we also wanted it to be memorable and slightly creepy. The driving force behind it, like all of our games with custom hardware, is to appeal to people who don't consider themselves "gamers". We find a huge range of people drawn to Catnips, and no one can help but smile when they touch those nipples.
SK Games have been making games for events and social spaces for almost two years now. There's currently five members in paid positions; two in management and hardware, three in software. We're self funded and our aim is to expose small, personal indie games to a wide array of people, especially those outside the gaming world. We not only create the software and the custom controllers, but we also create events around Australia curating a wide range of indie games and exposing them to the public. We've just opened Backyard.sk, a curated webstore for indie and altgames. A major goal of the company is to establish a sustainable business model in this niche area of games.