We aren’t cats, so we can’t agree with a cat that the best cat games are attacking your feet under the covers and tearing apart your leather couch. Since we are GamesRadar, the best cat games will be video games that have cats in them. At the very least, you can play these games while your cat is nearby or, if your cat likes to watch TV, with your feline friend.
We’ve put together a list of the best cat games from the past few years (Stray will be on this list when it comes out) so you don’t have to look all over the internet for them. There are many different types of games in this list, but they all have one thing in common: a cat that can be your best friend one minute and a terror that destroys property the next. That’s great.
The best cat games are listed below.
Nintendogs + Cats
Nintendogs + Cats is one of the best cat games ever made, even though it’s been out for a decade and cats will never forgive Nintendo for putting dogs first in the title. Its cute recreations of three kitten breeds (standard, oriental, and longhair) give you a choice of fuzzy friends to make, and if you play with 3D turned on, it really does feel like you’re looking through a little window into their home. You can’t teach kittens tricks or take them out on the town like you can with puppies, but every now and then they’ll sneak away and bring you a gift to show you how much they care. There are no dead birds or mice on the list of possible gifts, but it’s okay to give up realism every now and then.
Developer: Manekoware, Fire Hose Games
If you like the idea of playing as a cat, you’ll want to start knocking things off the table at some point. Catlateral Damage is all about doing this: jumping around procedurally generated environments to find the most breakable things and then breaking them. Sometimes a special event will come up where you can chase and catch a mouse or something like that, but in the end, it’s all about that sweet, destructive satisfaction. Catlateral Damage is fun to play on a regular flat screen, but it’s even better when you play it in virtual reality with full motion controls for an even more immersive asshole cat experience.
Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch
What if Samus Aran was a cat and did pretty much the same things she does now? Then you would be playing Gato Roboto, a retro sidescroller that looks and sounds like it was made in the same style as Metroid. Kiki, the ship’s cat, has to finish her human’s mission, even though she’s kind of the reason he’s stuck on his ship. She does this by curling up in a suit of power armour and blasting through caverns full of hostile creatures, but she’ll also need to pop out every so often to take advantage of her cat agility and small size. Gato Roboto is a short, simple game in the style of Metroid. It’s perfect for when you want to see more cats.
Blacksad: Under the Skin
Developer: Pendulo Studios
Platform: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
This detective adventure game is based on the style of film noir. It’s kind of like if The Wolf Among Us was about cats instead of wolves and everyone was an animal. You play as John Blacksad, a private investigator, a veteran of World War II, and a big, strong catman. You follow him as he works on one of the hardest cases of his career. His story fits in well with the rest of the Blacksad comic, but you don’t have to know it to enjoy the game. You just have to be ready for a hardboiled detective story. Blacksad: Under the Skin has some rough spots in how it feels to move around the world and find clues, but its interactive story (with six endings depending on your choices) is worth it for grizzled cat fans of all kinds.
Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
Developer: Hit Point Co.
Platform: Android, iOS
The best mobile game for collecting cats couldn’t be on a list of the best cat games without it. You put out toys, treats, and furniture in your yard and wait for cats to come and help themselves. This is called Neko Atsume. All done! It’s fun to “collect” all the different kinds of cats that live in your neighbourhood, then use the gifts they leave behind to buy even more cat-attracting items, expand and fix up your home to make it more cat-friendly, and so on. There are even rare cats that you can only see if you set up the right conditions. Neko Atsume is the kind of game you play every day, and who wouldn’t want to spend more time with cute cartoon cats?
Cat Alone 1 and 2 (FOR CATS)
Cat Alone 1 and 2 are games for cats that were made just for them. It does what you want it to do. In the game, different things float across the screen to attract your cat’s attention. This includes something that looks like a laser pointer, a spider, feathers, a mouse, and a few other things. Aside from that, it’s not too hard. You choose the mode, put the thing down, and then let your cat go crazy. Cat Alone 2 is the most recent game in the series, and it has six ways for your cat to play. It’s also totally free, and you can’t buy anything inside the app. But there are ads, which aren’t too bad. It really depends on your cat, but reviews on Google Play suggest that cats like this one. Even though the video below looks broken, it is actually a demo of the app.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Platform: Nintendo Switch
While we’re talking about collecting cats, we should talk about the real goal of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is to build an island with only cat villagers. This is one of the most popular games of the last few years. There are a lot of different kinds of villagers to meet, and they’re all fine, but cats. Also, is it a coincidence that Raymond, the most wanted person in the whole village of New Horizon, is a cat? I doubt it. Setting up the perfect place for a bunch of slobs who act like they own the place while lounging on all the furniture is also a very realistic cat owner experience.