In the Hall of Internet Fame, there are a fair few cats — and one of them is Raymond, the Animal Crossing: New Horizon villager and internet meme superstar. We'd put ACNH on this list for Raymond alone, but there are in fact 23 cat villagers in the game, plus Rover! It's a good game for cat fans.
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A standard mobile puzzler on the surface, Piffle has players lining up shots to clear blocks from the screen. You'll need to collect an army of 'Piffle Balls' to help you do just that, before flinging them across the screen to cause adorable mayhem. There are plenty of different Piffle Balls to find and craft, as well as a selection of power-ups to collect. It's also heavily cat-themed, if you hadn't noticed.
"You are a slug cat," reads the developer description of Rain World. What is a slug cat? It does not matter. It is cute, and it is the main character of this beloved survival-platformer game. And it has "cat" in its name. It's a cat.
Alright, they're not cats, they're Palicos — but we know they're cats, really. Monster Hunter Rise introduces the Palamute, which is a rideable dog, but for those of us who prefer cats, it's Palicos all the way. They help you fight, they cook for you, and they're cute!
It comes up surprisingly infrequently, but the tension at the source of Ni No Kuni II is a war between the treacherous mice-people and the royal cat-people. Even if you don't love kitties, it's a brilliant game from the excellent Level-5.
In this old school detective adventure, step into the boots of whip-smart Inspector Waffles (who is a cat) and travel the city to track hidden clues, interrogate shady suspects, and unravel a dangerous mystery. But be warned: curiosity killed the cat...
What puts Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl ahead of Smash Bros.? One simple fact: The former has cats. Well, one cat. Well, a Catdog. In most other ways, it certainly isn't Smash Bros. — but for fans of Smash, it's still a solid platform fighter. With a cat(dog).
Chicory: A Colorful Tale is about a dog and a rabbit, but there are plenty of cats — and you'll have to find them on your adventure, because they're all lost! 40 "Lost Kids" are hidden throughout the land, and you need to return them to the daycare owner, Beans.
Night in the Woods seems to sneak onto every single list of Switch games we've ever made, occasionally under some technicality, and, well, the protagonist is technically a cat. It's a good game, so we're not complaining, especially because it has a special "Paws Mode" (like... pause? Yeah?) which lets you use Mae's mitts to move stuff around. Very cute.
In short: Cats.
What's your favourite cat game? And when you get to name a cat in a game, what do you call it? Tell us in the comments.
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