Animals have a special place in video games and in the hearts of many gamers, whether it’s Animal Crossing, Pokemon, or Zoo Tycoon. Many people find comfort in animals, so it’s not surprising that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold over 13 million copies.
Animal-themed games come in as many different forms as there are animals on Earth, so people who like to play games have almost endless choices. Simulation, survival, role-playing, and platforming games are just some of the types of games that animal lovers can play. But developers are always looking for ways to add to the genre. As events like Gamescom and PAX move to online productions, there are a lot of new and upcoming games for animal lovers of all kinds.
To The Rescue
Release Date: November 2, 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC
At E3 2021, indie developer Little Rock Games surprised animal-loving players by showing off To the Rescue, a dog shelter simulator that lets everyone live out their virtual dreams of finding loving homes for a variety of dogs. It has cute 2D graphics and simple simulation mechanics that should make it a relaxing adventure that lifts your mood. Players will be able to open their own shelters that they can customise, giving homeless dogs a place to stay. Players can improve the shelter so that it can hold even more puppies or give them a variety of other useful things that will help them run the best rescue possible.
To the Rescue is a really heartwarming book because 20% of the money made from selling it goes to the PetFinder Foundation, which is a charity. Players of this cute simulator will not only help virtual dogs, but the money raised will also go to help real animals who need a loving home.
DC League Of Super-Pets: The Adventures Of Krypto And Ace
Release Date: Spring 2022
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Along with the DC League of Super-Pets movie, there will also be a video game with Krypto as a superhero. DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace was made by Outright Games. It is an on-rails adventure game, which is a type of game that has become less popular in recent years. Even though this makes it seem like the game might be smaller, the trailer showed colourful animation, confident voice acting, and gameplay that could be fun.
Animal lovers who like superhero movies should keep an eye out for DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace, especially if they end up loving the movie.
Release Date: Early 2022
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC
Animal Simulator is listed on Steam as being in “early access.” It is an open-world game where players can pretend to be one of several animals. This indie sim has a good range of animals, from wolves to ravens, and claims to have realistic graphics. It is ambitious, and if it meets its goals, it could be something special.
Not much is known about Animal Simulator right now, so it’s best not to get too excited until more is known. The developer is also not very well known on Steam.
Release Date: March 16, 2022
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Tunic might have been one of the cutest games at E3 2021. The developer, Andrew Shouldice (alongside publisher Finji), has been hard at work crafting this epic tale of an adventurous tunic-wearing fox. The top-down action and beautiful 3D graphics remind me of the 2019 remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch. But Tunic’s art direction is much more detailed and beautiful, with zones that seem very big and carefully made landscapes.
The main character looks way too cute to hug, but early demos of the game show that it’s not a “easy game.” Combat looks easy, but if players aren’t careful, a punishing edge will cause enemies to swarm around them.
Jurassic World Evolution 2
Release Date: November 9, 2021
Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Even though dinosaurs aren’t around anymore (which is a good thing, since some of them were very dangerous), that doesn’t make them any less “animal” than lizards or chickens. In 2021, consoles and PCs got the latest game in the Jurassic World Evolution series. For those who don’t know, the Jurassic World Evolution franchise started in 2018 with a flagship release that let players build, customise, and run their own Jurassic Park, complete with lots of different dinosaurs, a variety of habitats, and some deep customization tools.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 is better than its predecessor in a number of ways. For example, players can now use even better customization and management tools to help house and care for the 75 prehistoric animals that are available at launch. The game also has an interesting plot that takes place after the events of the movie Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom. Through a special mode called “Chaos Theory,” players will even be able to play out (and maybe change) important scenes from the movie series.
Tails Of Iron
Release Date: September 17, 2021
Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC
Tails of Iron, a game like Souls about a war between rats and frogs, was one of the many independent games that came out in 2021. Boasting beautiful hand-drawn 2D art, Tails of Iron is a side-scrolling epic set in a fleshed-out world rich in imagery and intrigue.
Tails of Iron is a grand adventure with classic action-RPG game mechanics like rolling to avoid attacks, parries, and even attacks that look like an execution. Players can make new weapons and armour, which gives them access to a wide range of attacks and skills they can use against their enemies. The role-playing game lets players fight through six beautifully made biomes and find a wide range of quests and items.
Tiger Simulator 3D
You will be in charge of a tiger in this game. They are one of the most beautiful and strong animals on Earth. You can do a lot of different things, like make a family of tigers, travel the open world, and do different jobs. Make your own tigers and go on an adventure. Start a tiger family and look for other animals. Do a variety of things to get stronger.
In the game, you can meet other tigers and start a family, which will help you hunt and stay alive.
You can easily change the look of your tiger by using different items and skins from the game.
With this game, you can feel what it’s like to be a real-life tiger.
On your journey, you’ll see a lot of animals. Some of them are safe and others are dangerous.
The tiger will also fight bosses who are very dangerous.
You can improve all of your items, and you can also sometimes improve the skills of your tiger family.