We are Cotton Cat, a brazilian indie game studio!


We’ve met each other at the GDP, an universitary group of game development in Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), where we worked together in some small projects and learned a lot. Also, we participated in two game jams as a team, and the results were most successful: we were finalists in both of them! Firstly as students, now as a company, we aim the creation of narrative-focused games that embrace as much diversity as there is in its creators.

Nayara is a bisexual woman, game artist and art director. She is our leader. Professionally worked as game artist at Overlord Game Studio in Rio de Janeiro. Has broad knowledge about game development pipeline, entrepreneurship and game studies research, studied during her academic degree in Industrial Design at Universidade Federal Fluminense.

João Rabello is a pansexual man, and our programmer. Bachelor degree in Computer Science, he excels in various programming languages, such as C#, C, C++, Java, Python and is specialized in the Unity engine, being awarded in two game jams (one of them international).

Thiago is our second programmer and an open source enthusiast. Also, a bachelor degree in Computer Science at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, his specialty is free engines and open source content. He also works with Java, Python, Lua and C in game engines such as Unity, GameMaker Studio 2, Godot and Construct.

José Luiz is our talented musician and audio-visual technician. Bachelor degree in Math & Earth Sciences at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, he has expertise in composition and a broad experience in video & sound editing for his academic community and as a freelancer editor.

Sarah is a black lesbian woman, our screenwriter and narrative designer. She is coursing a graduate degree in History at Universidade Federal Fluminense, and currently researches the benefits of games in the educational process of children and teens.


  • Tiny Catchers

    Tiny Catchers is a rogue-like with idle game mechanics. When the Gods are unhappy and the nature is out of balance, two siblings must travel the world and restore the balance of the nature by praising the Gods and taking care of their village.

  • Neon Goddess

    Neon Goddess is a plataformer stealth 2D that mixes cyberpunk with eldritch horror elements. In a world where technology didn’t save us from fanaticism, various cults seize power by indoctrination. Our protagonist, Astrid, is a bounty hunter that works for a resistance group and what was meant to be a single seek-and-destroy mission ends with her getting involved in a way more complicated scheme.

  • Catnumbra

    Catnumbra is a casual idle game. You are a cat, the ultimate spiritual guardian, and must protect your human from the hazards that haunt her sleep at night by shooing away ghosts and evil spirits with your powerful hiss without alerting your human.


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Neon Goddess

Tiny Catchers

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  • I didn't know I needed a cyberpunk side-scrolling Deus Ex-like with occultic themes, but I do, and thankfully Neon Gods exists to fill the void it created in me. Peep @CottonCatStudio's feed to see more.
    Zetzy (d r e a m j e s t e r), Twitter
  • I want this game to be on my #Xbox ,looks amazing.
    Hammers Reviews, Twitter
  • Ooo, nice promo image! Looking forward to seeing more, good luck with the project. :)
    Weekend Panda, Twitter
  • great visuals!!!
    Moonside Studios, Twitter
  • The art style on this looks so damn good! I like it a lot!!
    Nokobot, Twitter
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