Founded by Scott Owens, Numbat Ninja is a mostly solo game studio in Madison, Wisconsin.
My creative motivation is to make people smile with the right mix of silly humor and challenging gameplay.

My first title currently in development since 2015 is Potato Planet!

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Potato Planet! is a first person action physics puzzle game. With potatoes. So many potatoes!
You’ve crashed on a strange planet where potatoes are the dominant lifeform. While solving physics puzzles and fighting off angry potatoes, you must retrieve bits of tech from your crashed spaceship that have been scattered about in order to upgrade your weapon and make repairs to your ship so you can survive and get home. A computer AI companion helps guide the way and provides snarky commentary.
Potatoes are your only resource!
You quickly discover that baby potatoes are useful as ammo, food, and as an energy source for your power-hungry weapon upgrades. Baby potatoes are not mobile or sentient, so they are also an easy food source for some other life on the planet.

Baby potatoes are incubated in weird nodules. Smash them to harvest!
Baby potatoes are incubated in weird nodules. Smash them to harvest!

Potatoes are deadly!
Adult potatoes do not appreciate you harvesting their young. Getting smashed by 300 Lbs of tuber is not a pleasant experience, so be careful! These potatoes are slightly smarter than an average Idaho Russet. Which makes them the most intelligent potatoes in the universe. If you are not smarter than a potato, you may find this game too challenging.

Yes, it's terrifying
Yes, it’s terrifying

 

Physics puzzles!
Use the environment and potatoes to solve physics puzzles. Rock too big and heavy to push out of the way? Mashed potatoes are an exllent way to reduce friction. Don’t like running? Mud is really sticky. Need to jump higher? Mushrooms get big and bouncy when you feed them potatoes. Some objects can be moved around, others can be destroyed. Just remember that doing it quietly while firing as few shots as possible is your best chance of survival.

Mud is sticky, mushrooms are bouncy.
Mud is sticky, mushrooms are bouncy.


Handy icons appear when looking at an object you can interact with to indicate if it can be picked up, destroyed, or combined with something else.
Handy icons appear when looking at an object you can interact with to indicate if it can be picked up, destroyed, or combined with something else.

 

Make sure you have enough potatoes to power your flashlight before venturing underground.
Make sure you have enough potatoes to power your flashlight before venturing underground.

Target Release Date:Sometime inĀ 2018

Platforms:PC/Mac/Linux first. Xbox One/PS4 possibly later.

You can keep up to date with development progress on the dev blog or on Twitter and Facebook.

Also, if you want to help us get this done, you can smell like a buttery baked potato.