When you’re diving into the world of cat games, you’ll find a ton of purrfect opportunities. Whether it’s wandering around as a furry feline or building your own adorable kitty clan, there’s so much more to discover beyond just Stray. In fact, we’ve rounded up a delightful selection of 10 amazing cat games for you to pounce on!
The world of games where you can step into the paws of an adorable cat is really taking off, and it’s only going to get bigger with upcoming releases like Little Kitty, Big City. So, expect this list to keep growing as more contenders join the scene. But for now, here’s a whisker-twitching selection of the finest cat games, offering everything from classic Nintendo DS gems to the latest purr-fect adventures.
10. Nintendogs + Cats
Let’s talk about a game that’s been around for a decade, Nintendogs + Cats. Now, I’m sure our feline friends are a bit miffed about not being the main stars in the title, but it’s still a top-notch cat game. This adorable game lets you choose from three cute kitten breeds: standard, oriental, and longhair. When you play in 3D, it’s like peering into a tiny window into their world, and that’s just so heartwarming.
However, unlike their canine counterparts, you can’t teach these kittens tricks or take them out for a stroll in the town. But fear not, they’ll surprise you with little gifts from time to time to show their affection. Don’t worry, none of the presents involve real birds or mice – it’s okay to embrace a touch of whimsy once in a while!
9. Catlateral Damage
Now, let’s dive into a game that truly embraces your inner cat tendencies – Catlateral Damage. Ever had that urge to bat things off the table? Well, this game is all about that! You’ll leap around procedurally generated environments, seeking out the most smashable objects, and then, of course, you break them. Occasionally, a special event might pop up where you can chase and catch a mouse or something like that, but at its core, it’s all about the sweet satisfaction of being a little destructive furball.
While Catlateral Damage is a blast to play in the regular flat-screen mode, it reaches a whole new level of immersive fun in virtual reality with full motion controls. So, if you want the ultimate experience of being an adorable troublemaker cat, VR is the way to go!
8. Gravity Rush
Alright, I can totally understand the confusion about a game featuring a gravity-controlling girl making it onto our list of the best cat games. But here’s the scoop, and it’s a two-part story:
First, all of the girl’s incredible gravity-defying powers come from an enigmatic space cat with fur as dark as the cosmos. This cosmic feline is your constant companion throughout the game.
Secondly, while you might not be playing as an actual cat, you’re playing as a character named Kat. See what they did there?
The connection between Kat and her ethereal cat companion, Dusty, is a central element of Gravity Rush’s story. And what’s more, it never gets old watching Dusty meandering about whenever you take a break and stand idle for a few seconds. So, you can be sure that Gravity Rush was crafted by folks with a deep and abiding love for our furry friends.
7. Gato Roboto
Ever wondered what it would be like if Samus Aran from Metroid was, well, a cat but still took on all the same heroic missions? Enter Gato Roboto, a retro sidescroller that flawlessly blends its unapologetic Metroid-inspired action with cool and old-school pixel art and music.
In this game, you’ll follow the adventures of the fearless ship’s cat, Kiki, who finds herself in quite the predicament – she’s sort of the reason her human is trapped on his ship. To help him out, she snuggles into a nifty suit of power armor and takes on a slew of hostiles in the caverns. But here’s the kicker – Kiki needs to use her feline agility and petite profile from time to time to navigate the challenges.
Gato Roboto offers a brief yet satisfying Metroid-style experience, making it just purr-fect for those moments when you’re craving some cat-centric action in your gaming life.
6. Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
No list of the best cat games can ever be complete without the ultimate kitty collecting game for your mobile devices. I mean, who doesn’t love these adorable furballs, right? Neko Atsume is an incredibly simple and delightful experience. You get to play the role of a cat connoisseur – setting out toys, treats, and furniture in your yard, and then patiently waiting for those charming feline friends to pay you a visit. That’s the whole deal!
The real fun lies in “collecting” all these different cat varieties that come prancing through your virtual neighborhood. They each have their own quirks and personalities – and they leave you little gifts to show their appreciation. It’s a win-win! You can use these presents to buy even more enticing cat goodies, slowly but surely expanding and renovating your cozy virtual abode, making it the ultimate cat paradise.
But wait, there’s more! Neko Atsume even throws in some special, rare cats. You’ve got to set up just the right circumstances to catch a glimpse of them. It’s like a secret treasure hunt!
Believe me, Neko Atsume is the kind of game that becomes a cherished part of your daily routine. Who can resist the charm of having more cute cartoon cats in their life? It’s like a purr-fect little world of joy!
5. Night in the Woods
Let’s talk about Night in the Woods, a game that’s all about coming back to your hometown and realizing that things have changed, and you’re not quite sure how to feel about it. Oh, and here’s the best part, you get to play as a super cool cartoon cat! I mean, in this world, pretty much everyone is some kind of anthropomorphic animal, and it’s no big deal. You won’t find any elaborate lore about why everyone’s an animal in this little rust belt town, and that’s totally fine.
What makes Night in the Woods unique is that it keeps things real and relatable. Take Mae, for instance, our main character. She’s a bit of a complex soul who sometimes finds solace in breaking stuff just for the sake of it. You know, we all have those moments, right? And in a way, it feels just right that she’s portrayed as a cat. She’s got that curious and rebellious side that fits perfectly with our feline friends.
So, if you’re looking for a game that’s not just about being a cat but also about navigating the ups and downs of life in a changing hometown, Night in the Woods is the way to go. It’s got that perfect mix of nostalgia, mystery, and a touch of feline mischief!
4. The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs
Creating a digital version of yourself is fun, but what’s life without your cat? The base Sims 4 game doesn’t have pets, but The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs expansion fixes that. You make your furry friend, add them to your family, and let your Sims care for them. You can even run a veterinary clinic if you can’t get enough of your digital pet pals.
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Talking about collecting cats, let’s discuss the ultimate goal in one of the most popular games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s all about assembling an island with nothing but cat villagers. While there are other villagers too, there’s something special about cats. And, it’s no coincidence that Raymond, the most sought-after villager in the game, is a cat. Creating the perfect setting for these laid-back feline friends is just like being a real cat owner.
2. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
The Mario franchise has never been so deeply feline-focused, and it’s probably a one-time thing. In this game, Mario and his pals truly become cats – well, kind of two games in one. In Super Mario 3D World, Cat Mario gets the spotlight, giving our heroic plumber the power to scratch, climb walls, and soar through the air with all the grace of a cat chasing another cat.
But that’s just a warm-up for the full-blown felinity in Bowser’s Fury, a fresh open-world adventure that takes place in a quirky corner of Mario’s world where everything, except for Bowser, is some form of a cat. We’re talking Goombas, shines, trees, architecture, and yes, even more cats. It’s a purr-fectly delightful cat-tastic experience!
Why wouldn’t we put the game where you get to be a cat in the top spot? Stray lets you do all the cat things – pushing stuff off ledges, strolling through paint and leaving those adorable pawprint trails, and scratching trees to your heart’s content. And let’s not forget the beautiful story beneath its furry coat. This game will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions, from laughter to tears, and yes, plenty of purring.
If you’re lucky enough to play with the PS5 DualSense, your controller will even join in on the purring action. So, crowning Stray as our number one cat game just feels right. We truly hope you’ll get to step into the furry paws of its protagonist soon. Trust us, it’s an experience that’s absolutely worth it!