Liz Gannes

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You vs. Cat: The First Interspecies iPad Game Debuts Today

One of my favorite memes of the past year has been videos of cats, monkeys, bullfrogs and even a bearded dragon lizard playing touchscreen games like Angry Birds and Ant Crusher.

Friskies has already capitalized on the trend by releasing cat-specific tablet games like JitterBug and Tasty Treasures Hunt.

But what’s even better than transcending species lines by watching animals interact with computers? Playing against them. At least that’s the gimmick behind You vs. Cat, the free Friskies game released today. I’m not even a cat person, and I love the idea.

Here’s a March Madness promotion for the game, which has the cat and human square up on opposite sides of an iPad, with the human flinging onscreen objects to try to get past the goal-tending cat:

Update: Here’s another interspecies iPad game from 2010, Cat Cat Revolution, but it seems to be more of a research paper and less of a publicly available game.


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