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With the recent success story of Stray, a third-person cyberpunk-style adventure title that lets you see and interact with its world as a lost cat we thought it would be a great idea to explore eight other titles purrfect for you and your friendly feline family member. These games come from a range of genres, so we hope you find one that’s the cat’s meow!
Gato Roboto is a 2D Metroidvania that puts you in the fur of a cat named Kiki attempting to save her owner after they crash on an alien planet. Kiki uses feline instincts to traverse tight tunnels and mysterious waterways to scavenge for new weapons and gear as well as engage enemies in a cozy armored mech suit. With an incredibly cute black and white art style and cozier, laid-back music for the genre, will you rescue your master in time or spend all nine of your lives?
Neko Atsume, now titled Kitty Collector+ in the Apple Arcade, is a mobile cat-collecting game that revolves around purchasing food, cat toys, and furniture to attract a variety of cats to their home. Playing the game is as simple as placing playthings and snacks in the yard, then waiting for cats to come to visit! You can even make albums of your cat photos, save them to your mobile device and use them as wallpaper. Fans of this cute mobile game bless it for its simple Pokémon-style collecting and its simplicity.
Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration and story, with dozens of characters to meet and lots to do in a lush, vibrant world. The game focuses on Mae Borowski a college dropout returning to her crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind. This home feels different and her friends have changed. Strange things are happening, and there’s something in the woods. Definitely check this out if you’re after a story-rich atmospheric indie.
It’s the 50s in New York City, and Joe Dunn the owner of a boxing club is found dead. Meanwhile, rising star Bobby Yale due to take to the right has mysteriously disappeared. Sonia, Joe’s daughter has taken over the gym and must deal with its financial woes. She decides to hire John Blacksad to investigate the disappearance. With an incredible 1950s feel, Blacksad promises all the eerily dark adventures of a detective novel, where you conduct the investigation in your own way and make use of your feline senses as you hunt for new clues. Make decisions and influence the outcome of the case.
Become a cat and hunt, explore, fight, and socialize in this unique animal simulation RPG with light survival elements. Play as a cat that roams an expansive open world. Romance eligible cats, raise a family of cute kittens, and train them by taking them on adventures. Learn how to live in the dangerous wilderness and customize and upgrade your own personal den! Definitely check this out if you’re looking for a great cat life sim.
Another Sight is a surreal fantasy adventure set in London in 1899 that focuses on the emotional development of the relationship between its two protagonists, Kit, a refreshingly intrepid teen, and Hodge, a mysterious red-furred cat. After Kit loses her sight when a tunnel she has exploring collapses, Hodge proves to be an indispensable companion, upon whom Kit comes to rely. Each character uses their own unique talents to solve puzzles and make their way through compelling environments with a story that brings together some of the world’s greatest minds: Monet, Tesla, Edison, and other historical cultural icons.
OneShot is a surreal top-down puzzle/adventure game with unique gameplay capabilities. You are to guide a child through a mysterious world on a mission to restore its long-dead sun. Playing as Niko, you must utilize items, characters, and the environment to progress through this steadily decaying world.
Calico is a day in the life community sim game where you are given the important and adorable task of rebuilding the towns cat café and filling it with cute and cuddly creatures. Build it up with furniture, fun decorations, and yummy pastries. Calico is meant to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, with gameplay reflecting a laid-back, low-stress creative environment to explore and play in.
These are just eight suggestions of cat-centric titles to dig your claws into. Have we missed any that would be purrfect for this list? Let us know in the comments below so we can check them out!
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