As a celebration of International Cat Day, I thought it would be fun to take a look at all the games I can think of which either allows you to play as a feline or features one in a prominent way. I’ll split the game up between games which are out now and those which are coming very soon. So, let’s take a look at the purrfect games to play on International Cat day…
Final Fantasy VII (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mobile)
Let’s start with an old classic which has recently been re-released on both Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. In FFVII you get the chance to play as Cait Sith later on into your adventure, he’s a small cat which sits atop a big fat stuffed moogle as he shouts commands to it via the use of a megaphone. Personally, he was never one of my favourite characters to play as but why not change things up on this once-a-year date?!
Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back (PS4, PC) + Paws on Fire! (PS4, Switch, PC)
Everybody’s favourite bobcat mascot returned to our screens in 2017 and 2019 with a few brand new Bubsy games. The ginger furball was a massive hit with children when it was first released back in 1993 and the jump to 3D in 1996 was enough to put the game into the record books as the most loved game of all time… Okay, if you know anything about Bubsy, you know that’s all a load of litter – the first few 2d games were okay, although they copied a lot off rivals Sonic and Mario, and the 3D game is touted as one of the worse games ever on the PS1. However, he gloriously returned to our screens in the last few years in a few new 2.5D adventures – whereas they aren’t as bad as the games of the past, don’t go into them expecting the best games you’ve ever played…
Tokyo Jungle (PS3)
This is one of the strangest and most unique games I’ve played over the last few years. Launched as a PS3 exclusive (and still is to this day), you can pick it up on PSN or play it via PSNow on any PS4 or PC device. The game is basically a survival game in which you play as a small dog (which you can change as the story progresses) and you have to see how long you can survive in post-apocalyptic Tokyo by hunting for food, looking after your young and fending off threats. The ability to play as a cat (well, a ‘fat cat’ and Sabre-toothed Tiger) is locked behind a DLC which must be purrchased but I think it’s totally worth it – especially if you grab the complete DLC pack as you’ll get access to other oddities such as a businessman who only eats berries. I’ve already set up my PS3 this morning so I can play this later on today.
Cat Quest (PS4, Switch, PC, Mobile)
Where do I begin with Cat Quest? This was one of my favourite games of 2017, an RPG game which spanned across a big map where you get to play as a cat in armour on a journey to save his sister. What more could you ask for? There’s loot, enemies, magic, exploration, secrets, and even a free DLC which came out last year. This game was praised by many publications (including us, HERE) as it is accessible for people of all ages and skill levels with its simplistic combat mechanics and entertaining storyline. Seriously, if you’re looking for a game to play today which you’ll end up becoming addicted to and playing long after the sun sets tonight, pick up and try out Cat Quest today.
Konrad’s Kittens (Formally known as Konrad the Kitten) (PSVR, PC VR)
Konrad’s Kittens isn’t an action game, you don’t have to survive as a cat, jump around collecting wool balls, or sit atop a giant stuffed teddy as you shout orders at him – is a virtual pet ‘simulator’ which utilises Virtual Reality to enhance the experience. I did a full review of this game on launch, which you can check out HERE, but a lot has changed since then. The game now allows you to not only look after the titular Konrad, but you also have to care for his adorable kittens when your energy is spent and you need to take a time out before the next busy day. You have to care for Konrad by playing with him, feeding him and even dressing him up by buying a new set of clothes with the coins you earn during the mini-games.
Also, as an added layer of immersion, you can strap your VR controller to your favourite soft toy and it instantly becomes the real-life embodiment of Konrad. Sure, those in the real world will see you grabbing and hugging a soft toy, but in VR, you’re holding Konrad as you place him down and watch him interact with things, or grab him and help him play the games on offer. If you’ve ever wanted to look after your own kitten but you can’t due to health issues, allergies, or maybe your landlord doesn’t allow them, then why not give Konrad’s Kittens a try and adopt him today…
Catlateral Damage (PS4, PSVR, PC, PC VR, Ouya)
I feel this game may have slipped under a lot of peoples radars – especially the fact that you can play it in or out of VR (once you pass the tutorial level). Have you ever watched those videos of cats which don’t care about their owners, they walk around the place and push all the human’s expensive items on the floor then casually walk over to the next breakable object and gives it a one-way trip to the smash-ville?! Well, Catlateral Damage lets you be the cat in this situation as you knock over as many things as you can within a set time. I don’t think I have to mention this but, if you have a VR headset then that’s the most fun way to play this game – just make sure you have enough room or those smashes you hear won’t be in-game!
Garfield Kart: Furious Racing (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Move over Mario Kart, Team Sonic Racing, Crash Team Racing and the other Kart racers we’ve had this generation – the ginger fat-cat is back in a rather unexpected sequel to an old Steam game. We know that the release date is the 5th November 2019 and the publisher is Microids. There is a Steam page set up HERE, should you wish to wishlist it, and it offers some more info on what to expect – such as 16 tracks based on the world of Garfield, 8 characters, 9 attacks, up to 8 player multiplayer, 3 game modes and the ability to fully customise your kart. So, it sounds like your standard kart racing game – let’s all hold judgement until we actually see how it performs.
Blacksad: Under the Skin (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Sticking with Microids, Blacksad is the latest adventure game from industry veterans, Pendulo Studios. I personally love this studios’ games and always pick them up day one – I love old-school point and click games which require you to solve puzzles, combine inventory items, talk to NPCs for hints and generally become immersed in the story. I expect Blacksad will do all of this based upon the information which is out for it at the moment. What’s this got to do with a cat? The titular protagonist is Detective John Blacksad, an anamorphic cat. This game looks awesome and is set to release on the 5th of November 2019 – wishlist HERE.
The Good Life (PS4, PC)
I’m finding it hard to put into words what The Good Life is, so I think it’s best you check out their Kickstarter HERE. Basically, it’s created by the person behind Deadly Premonition – you know, that game which is batshit crazy! You have two goals, Pay off a debt by taking photos for people in the small town and solve a murder which took place in the ‘happiest place in the world’. However, once a month the inhabitants of the town find themselves turning into either a cat or a dog – yeah, I never saw that coming either. The game recently got delayed until 2020, so we have longer to wait, but by the looks of it, it’s going to be worth it!
Cat Quest 2 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
That’s right, the legendary Cat Quest is back with a sequel which promises to be bigger and better than before! The main difference here is that the game is now playable in co-op and the second player gets to play as a dog! Little is known about the plot of this game, as it’s being held under wraps so it’s a surprise to everyone who picks it up at launch, but I imagine it’s going to be even more epic, exciting and entertaining as the first game was. We’ll most likely find out more very soon as it has a release date set for 2019 – it can be added to your wishlist HERE.
Bonus media: Movie
Cats: The movie
Now, I know this one will most likely garner me a lot of hate, but my unpopular opinion is that the new Cats movie, which is coming to cinemas soon, looks amazing. Sure, there’s a lot of CGI and James Corden should not have been cast to appear within this movie at all, but based on the source material (the stage show where they all dress up from head to toe in lycra and makeup), the designers have done a great job with this 2019 representation of the musical.
Thankfully all of the hate for the film has died down online, hate which wasn’t called for or needed. It seemed most of the hate was from people who didn’t understand what the musical was, they had no idea this is how they dress within said show, and it was a bunch of people jumping on the hate bandwagon simply to fuel the flames of hate (as people have nothing better to do with their lives). However, I will be there on day one, the 20th December 2019, and I think the trailer below (minus James Cordon) looks amazing!
So, did I miss anything? Can you think of any other games in which you play as a cat, or that features cats as the main component? If so, drop it down in the comments below!