Mweor is a feline breeding simulation game. Users breed virtual cats and sell the offspring for profit. In some regards, Mweor is a pretty standard breeding simulation game. In others, however, the site stands out as a fairly unique and professive offering to the genre.
When you join Mweor, you get to start with one free first-generation pet. The cat comes in a limited number of colors, unfortunately, but it does give you the opportunity to start breeding low-generation offspring right away.
There are several species of mweor; some look more like house cats, while the others are based off of big cats. All species are interbreedable, and their compatability determines the breed of the offspring.
THINGS TO DO: 2/5
Overall, Mweor feels a little bare. There’s four games to play (two games of chance, a guessing game with a small amount of strategy, and an item-finding quest); then you can enter your mweor into shows (which consists of clicking on an active show, and waiting until it closes to see if you won/lost), and buy/breed more mweor.
If you wander onto the forums, you’ll find a number of chat topics, most of them Mweor-related. In addition to the usual forums, there’s also a number of roleplaying locations that can be played in, encouraging you to play your mweor — something which isn’t very common in breeding sims.
Otherwise, there’s just not much to keep you occupied. It’s the sort of game best suited to a casual once-a-day login, a quick round of dailies, a few breeding matches, and then done. Nothing wrong with a game that you can play in an hour or two a day (indeed, for many that’s ideal), but for those looking for a more immersive gaming experience, you just won’t find it on Mweor.
ART QUALITY & AESTHETIC: 3/5
Art on Mweor is your standard cel-shaded fare. The lineart is crisp and the simple, clean shading style doesn’t disrupt the colors/markings of the pets at all. The art is technically proficient, and has a little personality — the sort of semi-cartoony, semi-realistic style that’s favored amongst the “Warriors” fandom, which seems to be a major influence on the site as a whole.
Male and female “lesser” mweor have different lines, but all other species are the same across genders. Some species are more popular than others due probably to their aesthetic — the fires, for example, look a bit like lions with bad perms, and their low appeal on the site reflects that.
The site’s layout is simple and clean, but some of the features (like the “see full picture” button) lag out on some computers. On the bright side, there’s no ads on the site, so you can play without being distracted.
PLAYABILITY AND EASE OF ACCESS: 3/5
There isn’t any official tutorial or walk-through on the site, so a new player may well feel pretty confused/overwhelmed. Luckily, other users are very helpful, and there are a ton of user-written guides in the forums.
Mweor follow a simple genetic code, with all markings being either Dominant or recessive. Colors mix based on standard hex-code mixing, and if you breed two cats with different marking strengths the offspring will have a marking between theirs but the exact percentage will be random (but always a multiple of 10). Given these basic rules, it’s very easy to predict the results of your offspring, but you have to be vigilant about keeping an eye on carried recessive genes. Also, cats can miscarry their offspring if they are inbred. For purposes of the site, in-breeding only counts close relatives.
Once you figure out the genetics, the site is easy to play. You can get a decent idea of the popular aesthetic by going to the “Wins and Fails” forum and seeing what people generally agree to be attractive. As with all sites, the newest-released breed will always sell for more than the others until it has flooded the market. There is some of the generation snobbery on Mweor that plagues other sites, but due to the prevalence of first-generation starter mweor, this is greatly reduced. It’s not unheard of for a gen20+ to fetch a decent price depending on what it looks like…but an identical lower-generation cat will still sell for more.
Cats can breed at eight days of age, and females must wait eight days between litters. They can no longer be bred at 100 days (unless they are customs, which never have a breeding cap) and most people retire their cats at that age so that they no longer have to be fed.
Showing is determined by the stats of your pet, so you can breed cats that are more likely to be successful in shows, but the show is still ultimately decided by luck.
A crippling flaw in the site is the inability to sort your search results. If you search for mweor for sale, for example, that cost between 0-10k mm (mweor money), the resulting cats will be listed at random order. This might help decrease price undercutting, but it also makes it a huge pain to find a mweor quickly.
Another borderline-annoying feature of the site is that you need to feed, water, and play with all of your mweor before you can breed or show them. This is annoying because you must pay to feed ALL of your mweor even if you only want to breed one — and you then have to click on your individual mweor’s profile and then click on its toy to play with it until satisfied. While this provides a money sink for the site’s economy, it feels tedious.
FUN FACTOR: 2/5
The site gets boring pretty fast. Like all sites of its kind, you set your own goals for yourself and you’re free to pursue those. Playing casually — an hour or two a day, just enough to do your dailies and match up a few breedings — the site could maintain its interest for awhile, but money is so slow to make on the site and the demand for studs so low (most users would rather buy their breeding stock than breed with other users’ mweor) that it’ll be a long while before you’re able to really invest in high-quality cats and build your cattery up the way you want it, and plenty of users will get bored before then.
While there are some innovative breeding mechanics that make the site stand out a bit from its peers, there’s just nothing to improve the overall gaming experience to make it more absorbing.
Users in Mweor are dedicated to the game, which is nice to see. Players are very knowledgeable and freely share that knowledge. The forums themselves are attractive enough and easy to navigate. You won’t be finding a lot of deep conversation here — mostly a lot of chatter about custom designs, a few “post your RL pet’s picture!” type threads, some ranting from tweens disgruntled by their crushes or their parents. The site feels very sanitized, and the Stepford Wives quality of conversation is a little brow-raising.
The roleplaying forums are a unique aspect of the site, but prove disappointing to a veteran RPer. To be fair, it’s an active community revolving around the actual pets on the site which is a rare find on any pet site these days (and especially a breeding site) and it’s the kind of thing that would have attracted me quite a lot about 10 years ago. There’s probably some gems in the rough if you’re willing to spend some time searching, but most of the RPing I witnessed was pretty vapid, if not downright cringe-worthy.
Mweor’s really not a bad site, though it is a bit underwhelming. It’s got a lot of great ideas — starting with a custom, cultivating an RP community, providing more advanced genetics. The feel of the site is decidedly “young”, and it caters best to casual playing — there’s just not enough to do to keep you playing for hours on end.
The site has some genuinely innovative ideas, and it may grow in time to be something truly amazing. At this point, however, it has failed to live up to its potential.