Neko Atsume not giving you your cute cat fix? Try these kitty-centric Android games!
Neko Atsume is great, but sometimes I want a little more active time with my virtual cats. Luckily there are literally hundreds of cat-centric games on Google Play that are fun, cute, and easy to play.
Following the Neko Atsume theme, the games listed here are Japanese cat games. Some are hectic, some are complicated, some aren't even in English -- but all of them are worthy additions to your mobile game collection if you just can't get enough cute cats.
Without further ado, here are the games you're going to be spending some time with to get your kitty fix!
Our first game is a far cry from the slow pace of Neko Atsume, but it quickly became one of my go-to games for wasting a couple minutes at a time.
Neko Sushi is a cute arcade-style game where you have to feed the cat the sushi of its choosing within the time limit.
This game can be pretty stressful -- the conveyor belt goes faster the longer you go and you lose time if you give the cat the wrong sushi. It's a great time waster and trying to get a new high score is more than a little addictive. Much more fun than it looks! Grab it on Google Play.
Did you ever want to make cat-shaped Japanese treats? Me.. neither? But here I am, playing Mocchiri Toraneko. And you might be, too.
This game is a basic cooking and shop sim. It can be a little overwhelming if you don't know any Japanese, but it's a snap once you learn the basics, which are:
- Pound mochitora
- Grill mochitora, tapping on each one when it grows during cooking
- Sell mochitora at your stall
- Rinse and repeat
Villagers will ask you to fulfill orders along the way, and they want particular mochitora. Often these are just for specific mochitora, though sometimes they want you to sell a certain amount.
Orders can be hard to decipher without any Japanese knowledge, but ultimately it doesn't detract from the game. Making and selling the mochitora is plenty fun and easy, and you can see when you've fulfilled an order's requirements in the menu so the language barrier isn't too big.
Here are some menu translations to get you started:
Grab this lovely game on Google Play!
Finally, one that's in English! But it's not really a game.
Kansai Cats is a sickeningly cute management app packed with a ton of cats and features including battery power saving, manual volume control, a task killer, and a neat little sticky note companion app to post notes to your home screen.
It's just a nifty app to have if you have a thing for adorable cats doing adorable things, and the cherry on top is that it just so happens to be pretty useful. Give it and its companion apps a look on Google Play.
I never thought "stacking cats" would be two words that fit well together, but it turns out they fit pretty perfectly.
Tsumu Neko is another arcade-style game has you stack cats onto a pillow to see how tall you can get your self-made kitty tower until comes tumbling to the ground.
See? Interesting combinations of words. Check out the gameplay pictures on its Google Play page. If you do decide to give it a try, here's a quick translation of the main menu.
This one's on the simple side, but it does have cats to unlock to make an even cuter tower. The only downside is it throws ads at you pretty frequently, but it could be worse. Still a fun game.
This one's almost too cute to mention, but it's got to be done. Neko-tan (full JP title: Nekotan Kenkyuujo) has you testing kitties in a lab to see how they mutate and grow based on their surroundings, food, and container. You, the ever-vigilant cat scientist, test and collect them.
This is a slower game unlike most of the others listed here and doesn't require much Japanese knowledge. You can get by without knowing any just by trying things out.
Neko-tan does require you to pop in every once in a while to feed your facilities more often and gather cats, but it's overall simple and very relaxing. The music is great, too.
Did I save the best for last? If you like tapping or idle games, I definitely did. Even better is that it's relaxing and in English.
Nekonoke has you tap on cats to release furballs, which you swipe to pick up. You switch between cats, which are lured to your home at the scent of massive amounts of furballs. Though it's not that dramatic.
This one's super cute, super addictive, and just about perfectly fits the bill. There's not much more to say but this: play it!