I’ve recently been playing Gato Roboto, a wonderfully cute Metroidvania-style game where you play a cat in a mech suit. If you’ve not tried it out yet, I strongly encourage it.

Unlike other games, the in-game collectibles are simply different two-tone colour palettes. They’re well selected, and serve as a low pressure way to change the character of the game as you play. (It reminds me a little of the mechanic in Evoland, which develops through different eras of video game graphics as the game progresses.)

Inspired, I set about creating a collection of themes for the macOS terminal; one for each of the collectibles in Gato Roboto:

The themes are available as both Terminal.app profiles, and a command-line utility which can be used to set named themes on demand, demo all the themes, or set a random theme. (I currently have it set to give me a random theme every time I create a new window.) You can download the themes directly, or get the script from GitHub.


Here’s the full set of themes:

Bark screenshot

Bark

Chewed Gum screenshot

Chewed Gum

Coffee Stain screenshot

Coffee Stain

Default screenshot

Default

Goop screenshot

Goop

Grape screenshot

Grape

Gris screenshot

Gris

Meowtrix screenshot

Meowtrix

Nicotine screenshot

Nicotine

Port screenshot

Port

Soft screenshot

Soft

Starboard screenshot

Starboard

Swamp Matcha screenshot

Swamp Matcha

Tamagato screenshot

Tamagato

Urine screenshot

Urine

Virtual Cat screenshot

Virtual Cat