A new mobile game, Kitty Q, is coming to iOS and Android devices on Halloween, October 13, 2021. The spooky season is the perfect time for this strange puzzle game to be released, because Kitty Q is half dead, Frankencat. A package arrives at your doorstep containing this half-dead, half-alive cat as well as some very special properties where quantum physics makes molecules act in unexpected ways. The player must solve a number of challenging puzzles in order to keep the little kitty alive. Seems hard? Well, don’t worry because the granddaughter of Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel prize winner and quantum physicist, is here to guide you. This escape game is based on Schrödinger’s cat. With the granddaughter’s help, players will navigate through 20 head-scratching puzzles, and with each challenge comes a lesson as well.
Kitty Q also doubles as an educational tool to help explain the basics of quantum physics in a fun way where puzzles serve as examples to these seemingly impossible concepts. The adorable and colorful cartoon animation and catchy tunes make this game playable for all ages. Younger children will enjoy the silly and unusual concept of the game, while adults can enjoy the puzzles and knowledge learning aspects.
Kitty Q is the result of a collaboration between Kamibox and ct.qmat, Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter. The game has received funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, so it’s completely free to download with no ads or in-app purchases. The entire game and all its features will be available to everyone. Matthias Vojta, Professor of Theoretical Solid State Physics at Technische Universität has stated the purpose of this educational experiment, “The research field of our Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat–topological quantum physics–promises revolutionary insights and groundbreaking developments. But the subject is still so young that it will take quite a few years before it arrives in classroom. We are trying to bridge this gap with the app.”
For now, Kitty Q is available for pre-order on the Apple Store, but Android device users will have to be patient as pre-registrations have not yet begun on Google Play.