Everyone loves cats. And if you don’t, you’re wrong. But if you are one of us, it’s hard to get enough of the furry felines. If you would rather take a more subtle approach to filling your life with cats than becoming a full-blown crazy cat person, then indulging in that fantasy digitally is a good way to go. We have compiled a list of the best cat games for cat lovers, so you can get your daily fix of fluff.
These games cover a wide range of genres. So no matter what games you like to play you are sure to find one that will make you purr.
The best way to describe Cattails is Stardew Valley, but with cats. And if that isn’t tempting enough, I don’t know what is.
Cattails follows the odd and slightly sadistic trend that we see in a lot of cat games, the horrendously upsetting intro. I can’t speak as to why developers insist on making us bawl our eyes out at the beginning of a cat game, but I digress.
Once we dry our tears and pull ourselves out of the pit we were wallowing in, Cattails opens up into an expansive open world. Here you are free to spend your time hunting, exploring, engaging in combat, or romancing any of the available cats if that’s what you’re into.
There is a core quest to follow if you choose to do so. This quest is to complete the Cattails equivalent of Stardew Valley’s Community Centre: The Temple. Apart from this, you are free to do whatever you please in Cattails, just like a real-life cat.
This 16-bit feline adventure game is a great choice if you’re looking for something cozy to relax to.
Kitaria Fables is a fine blend of many different genres. Whether you like action-adventure RPGs, farming, or simulation games, this game has you covered.
Kitaria Fables is a surprisingly deep RPG with an emphasis on combat, farming, and crafting elements. In true farming sim style, you take over a late family member’s farm. But it turns out you didn’t know each other so well, and thus begins your quest of uncovering the truth about your grandfather, magic, and why the government is covering it up.
The combat is quite complex, using a blend of both melee and magical attacks. You are faced with several dungeons to complete throughout the story. These range from relatively easy to ‘one wrong look and this boss could destroy you.’
There are steep difficulty jumps as you progress throughout these dungeons. This encourages you to partake in the crafting elements Kitaria Fables offers.
Kitaria Fables is a charming and whimsical adventure. The art style is adorable, and the soundscape truly is remarkable. It’s definitely an adventure worth embarking on.
Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered
Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered, or as I have affectionately nicknamed it: A-hole Cat Simulator, is pure comedy gold. Possibly the most lifelike cat game on this list, your main goal is to cause as much damage as possible.
In each level, you will be tasked with a to-do list that must be completed before the timer runs out. These quests mostly demand you to do things like knock over all the pot plants or smash x amount of glasses.
Armed with your list of mischievous acts and your claws, you will begin destroying your owner’s house from a first-person (or first-cat) perspective.
Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered is a truly special game that will make your day any time you play it. It’s the perfect way to let out some of that inner angst we all have boiling away inside.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Super Mario 3D World is a remake of a Wii U game. Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U was the first time we were introduced to Mario’s cutest power, but thankfully it wasn’t the last.
Nintendo was kind enough to not only remaster the cuteness that is cat Mario but also improve it. Bowser’s Fury is a post-game addition to Super Mario 3D World that was released on the Nintendo Switch in 2021. And it contained not only more pussycat goodness, but super Saiyan pussycat goodness!
While Super Mario 3D World isn’t the best Mario game of all time, it still scratches that Super Mario itch. And they’ve pumped up the pussycat vibes this time around because cats always make everything better. Even the enemies and bushes are cats!
Bowser’s Fury is really where this game shines, however. It is a unique addition to this game, and it’s where you get to go super Saiyan. So it gets 100 points for that.
The art style of Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury is as stunning and vibrant as you have come to expect from Nintendo’s favorite child. And going toe-bean to toe-bean with Bowser as a super Saiyan cat will never get old.
Cat Quest 1 & 2
The Cat Quest series is a short but very sweet open-world adventure. Depicted in a vibrant and charming cartoony art style, Cat Quest fully embraces its quirky personality by diving paw first into cat puns. If there’s a will, there’s a pun in Cat Quest.
On your journey, you will meet adorable NPCs such as Kit Cat, and Cara Croft. But this is not where the puns end. You will also explore areas such as The Catpitol, all in an incredibly unique 2D art style.
Complete with seemingly huge character models that tower over landmarks, Cat Quest’s art style is a charming homage to classic RPG games like Dragon Quest.
Both Cat Quest 1 & 2 are action-packed adventures brimming with personality and charm that are well worth ticking off your to-do list.
A Street Cat’s Tale
A Street Cat’s Tale is a real tear-jerker at the beginning. But after another rollercoaster of emotions following a somber intro cutscene, you can begin your new life as a feline lost in a colorful, pixel art city.
Each playthrough of the game will only take you about an hour. But there are many different endings to unlock, inspiring you to embark on another adventure as soon as you finish one. These alternate endings are unlocked by choosing who you spend your time with in the very short days.
Befriending a different NPC could lead to them taking you home, or sticking with the other cats in the neighborhood will result in several other alternate endings.
Choose wisely though, because there isn’t enough time in these short runs to please everyone. And you might end up alone, crying in an alleyway.
Calico was heavily anticipated before its release on the Nintendo Switch and PC in 2020. And for the most part, it did not disappoint.
It’s a cozy, whimsical adventure where you run a cat café. Calico has heavy character customization, so you can truly create any character you want. It also boasts a quaint, painterly art style that’s very reminiscent of watercolors. The charm of the art style, combined with the relaxing soundtrack, is sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Your day will mainly consist of purchasing items for your home or café and completing delivery requests for your baked goods. The mini-game used to create your delicious snacks is adorable in itself. You shrink down to the size of your ingredients and run around throwing the oversized items into your frying pan. Once combined, your item of choice will pop out.
Calico is available on both the Nintendo Switch and PC. However, the Nintendo Switch version does suffer some heavy graphical glitches and bugs. So if you can, we recommend getting the PC version of Calico.
Cat Café Manager
Cat Café Manager is another game where you guessed it. You manage a cat café! There’s just something about cats and cafes that inspire such a cozy and wholesome feeling. Cat Café Manager is more chaotic than the other cat café game on this list, however.
There is an element of time management in Cat Café Manager, especially once your café grows in popularity. More customers and more cats equal more jobs to do, but it is nothing too crazy.
Cat Café Manager is still a very cozy and relaxing game. There are many vibrant and interesting NPCs to meet and cats to call your friends. And yes, you can pet the cats!
If you’re looking for a cozy management sim with plenty of cats, you can stop looking. Cat Café Manager is the perfect little indie game to suit those needs.
Cat games seem to be a rising trend in the past few years, and we are here for it. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down. We still have many more pussycat-related games to look forward to in the future.