Someone asked me what would I do if money wasn’t a problem in life. I would write and make educational, fun games. I think there is a lack of fun educational resources for inspiring a love of knowledge and a curiosity of the world, especially for children. I have always liked cats, and did you know that they share 90% DNA with humans?
Purr City is a fictitious utopian world, where cats saw the flaws in human society and broke away to form a better way of life; it was created with a cat sense of humour.
I explained words which are commonly used in the English language and highlighted their Latin and ancient Greek roots. I put them in a humorous context so people can see the relevance of the classics in modern society.
Ideals such as democracy and equality (Minimum Wage Act 2017) are promoted but balanced with play, co-operation and rest. There is the message of collectively building a better society with values, ethics and morals.
I wrote all of the content and worked with a graphic designer to create the images. I also designed the website and I’m building a game.
Why do you deserve to win?
The cats have been designed to represent different professions in society, often with a double entendre, which adults can understand. The cat who is reading Animal Farm (on the careers page) with the Queen Cat on the front cover implies the message that all animals are equal but cats are more equal than others.
The teacher cat is calculating the height of trees for cats to climb, using Pythagorus theorem. When the cat designs are looked at more carefully, one can see the sense of humour within.
Some merchandise has been sold such as mugs, t-shirts and calendars, although I have found this difficult to promote due to funding, and also I have a day job which takes up most of my time.
What if the world could become better if people were taught ideals and encouraged to make the most of their purrrr-tential? I would like my work to entertain, enlighten and educate people. I hope to impart a love of learning and to inspire people.