I've wanted to write this article for a while! Pets are an integral part of my life as a professional pet sitter, and I also enjoy playing cute games on my phone when I'm not "on the clock". It's time to share some of my favorites, and what I like (and don't like) about them!
Over the last few years, I have played dozens of mobile games on my Android phone(s) involving cute animals and pets. Most were deleted within days; usually because they were crippled with annoying ads. However, a few games rose above the others, be it because of their cuteness factor, their enjoyable gameplay, or the heart and soul that was poured into the game by their developers.
All the games presented below have been extensively played with. There is no in-game chat interaction with other users (and therefore no chance of online bullying or harassment from other players), and they are totally free to play with minimal or no ads.
I am writing this article just for good fun, with no compensation for promoting any of these games. I am also open to suggestions for any new games to try!
Here are my Top FIVE favorite games for mobile devices, involving cute little animals and pets!
1) Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
Released back in 2014 by Hit-Point, Neko Atsume took the world of phone gaming by storm.
The gameplay is very easy! All you have to do is purchase different types of food, items and toys, and enjoy the different cats (some of them very rare!) visiting your yard throughout the day. There are more than 66 cats to "collect" by taking pictures of them, 204 different toys to acquire, and 5 yard themes. The possibilities are endless! Long-term players are also given the option to purchase wallpapers for their phone, featuring some of their favorite kitties in cute little scenes.
Many of Neko Atsume's cats and their toys were released as collectibles in Japan and overseas, and for a while they were very prized items by collectors. If you are lucky, you can still find Neko Atsume plushies in the dealers' room at your local Anime Convention or Comic Expo, and in anime thrift stores in Japan. Neko Atsume was also adapted into a live-action movie back in 2017.
- Colorful and cute cat character designs
- Beautiful music
- Very easy to play and enjoy
- Perfect for all ages
- As the game is older, there haven't been many updates lately
- Can be repetitive in the long-term
- It can take a while to be able to purchase some of the expensive toys
2) Tsuki Adventures
Released by Hyperbeard in 2018, Tsuki Adventures has acquired a strong and loyal fanbase around the world.
Highly inspired by Japanese culture and folklore, this game follows the journey of Tsuki ("Moon" in Japanese), a little bunny who moves from the big city to Mushroom Village, to take over his uncle's carrot farm. But it is only the beginning of his adventures!
The gameplay can be a bit overwhelming at first but as you get immersed into the game, its different locations and all the characters who are key to Tsuki's journey, you'll find yourself checking on your little rabbit's whereabout many times a day. Of course, you'll have to become friends with certain characters, complete quests, unlock diary entries and collect a bunch of items to help Tsuki complete his journey. You are in for a long ride!
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