I am a fan of Buzzfeed and I receive a few emails from them a day. One of the emails I received the other day had a link to a small post about a game called Neko Atsume Kitty Collector. I had never heard of it, so I read the article and was intrigued. A game about collecting cats? Sign me up! I decided to download it and check it out.
Today was my first day playing the game, and I thought it was so cute! It’s a very simple game where your only goal is to collect cats. The way to do this is by setting out toys, food, and other items that cats deem as fun (hello, paper bags!) and wait for them to show up!
Now, the cats won’t show up immediately. That’s kind of the beauty of this game. It isn’t designed to be played for hours at a time. You put out the items to attract cats, then close or suspend the app for a bit. After awhile, check back, and you may see cats in your yard!
I put out some food and a rubber ball, and the first cat that came to play was named Snowball! When you meet a cat, his or her data is added into the Catbook. You can check the Catbook for stats such as the cat’s personality, its favorite toys, and how many times it has visited you.
Each cat also has its own photo album, and you can save up to 18 photos per cat. This is cute because you can take pictures of the cats interacting with the different things you place in the yard, and it’s fun to look back on the photos you took of them!
When the cats leave your yard, they will leave you a gift to thank you for letting them play. Most of the time they leave you regular fish, which you can use in the store to buy more fun stuff for the cats! Sometimes you will get lucky and they will leave some gold fish, which can be spent on the premium items at the store.
That really is all there is to it. You don’t directly interact with the cats (no petting, no playing, etc.) There are no minigames to play or bosses to beat. Therein lies the charm of this game: it is adorable, unique, silly, and fun.
Throughout the day, I’ve checked my game a few times just to see what cats have come to play. It kind of has a fun, “gotta catch ’em all” type vibe, and I can’t wait to see all the different kitties available in this game! I leave you with a couple more screenshots of the kitties that have visited me so far. If you’re interested in this game, it is free to download for both iOS and Android, so check it out!