Hockey fans might think they're hearing a familiar sound in Fart Cat, the rude-and-crude mobile game that released last week, when they finish off a level and the titular feline floats an air biscuit into the basket. And they'd be correct. That is the bleat of the same horn the St. Louis Blues use to celebrate a goal in the NHL.
More specifically, it's a modified sound file of the report of the Kahlenberg KM-135 arena horn, which blares every time the Blues dent the twine at Scottrade Center. Fart Cat developer Summer Camp Studios wanted something distinct, something cathartic, something ... loud to communicate the ultimate dispersal of Fart Cat's apocalyptic flatulence, and in early designs of the game its creators came to the realization that only a big ass fog horn would do. That's how Summer Camp came to "audition" goal horns used at NHL arenas.
"We knew we wanted to end each level with giant, pungent clouds of fart, and took to calling it the 'Peggle Fart,' said Summer Camp's Rich Gallup. "[Peggle] does such an amazing job of joyfully celebrating the player's success by blasting Ode to Joy over fireworks and rainbows when a stage is cleared. As a longtime hockey fan and player, it was a quick leap to realize the ideal analog for our megafart, with banks of green fog rolling in, would be a hockey goal horn."
After that creative decision was made, someone at Summer Camp found this item on Kotaku sister publication Deadspin, which pointed readers to an audio collection of every NHL arena horn. From there, Gallup selected ones he thought fit the end-of-stage tenor described above, and spontaneously blasted the best ones over speakers to the rest of the office. "Most of them made us laugh, but we weren't convinced a goal horn was the way to go until we hooked them into our project," Gallup said. "That sold us, and then it became a matter of picking our favorite."