10 Best Video Games Where You’re A Cat

Cats are a staple on the internet – from adorable GIFs to funny memes, these furry friends are constantly on people’s screens. It’s not surprising that they can be seen in video games as well, and some gamers even let the feline characters control them.

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Players who enjoy pet simulation games will likely enjoy playing as pets themselves. Some of the best cat video games have vivid graphics, a fascinating world, and sometimes even a well-written narrative. The spirited cats in these games take on formidable enemies and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, of course with the help of their people behind the controllers.

10 Cat and ghost street

A white cat sits in front of a kneeling lady in a mask in the woods at Play, Cat and Ghostly Road

Cat and Ghostly Road is one of the best PC short games that allows players to control a white cat whose soul has been stolen by a demon. The cat must travel through forests and rivers to find and defeat this demon, solve puzzles and meet ghosts in the process.

The indie game has a relaxed atmosphere and a meditative soundtrack. It doesn’t make players run, but subtly encourages them to enjoy the beautiful scenery as they go from one place to another. The puzzles are not too challenging, which makes the point-and-click game a more relaxing rather than a difficult experience.

9 The story of a street cat

A kitten in the middle of a path with shops and a bank nearby in A Street Cat's Tale

After a kitten’s mother is taken away by a human, it is up to the player to help the kitten survive the spooky streets to reunite with its family. A Street Cat’s Tale unfolds in a pixelated world full of potential dangers for a little kitten. Players will have to dodge cars, potholes, and even cruel people to keep the kitten alive.

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As players explore the small town, it is important to interact with and build relationships with the NPCs as these actions will affect the end of the game. There is also an emphasis on survival, with the kitten’s hunger and health bar always displayed at the top of the screen. It can be difficult to find and befriend enough NPCs to have a constant supply of food while gathering vital information that can help the kitten find its mother.

8th Cattail

A cat next to a river in the middle of a field with trees in play, cattails

Cattails offers players an adorable 2D role-playing game in which they play a cat who joins one of the three great colonies in the world. You can hunt for food, battle cats from other colonies, explore caves and new locations, interact with cat NPCs, and even get married and have kittens!

There’s a ton of things to do in this pixelated world, with each area offering interesting puzzles or new characters to interact with. The game focuses less on narrative and more on life simulations, so players can eventually start their own cat colony. It’s a light-hearted, fun game that never runs out of interesting activities to keep players occupied.

7th Blacksad: Under the skin

Detective Blacksad shows a gun in the game Blacksad: Under the Skin

It’s the 1950s and New York City needs Detective John Blacksad’s expertise to solve a number of murders. With anthropomorphic characters like rhinoceros suits and rich buffalo, Blacksad’s setting is full of well-written characters, each with a role in the mystery. Players must look for clues, interview witnesses, and piece together what they find to solve the crimes.

Blacksad: Under the Skin may remind some players of the forgotten rock star game LA Noire. Both unfold in an exciting world full of crime novels and mysteries that almost makes players feel like they are playing a detective novel. Blacksad is based on the comic book series of the same name, which presents the same dark story. Mystery fans looking for a touch of cuteness should risk the exciting adventures of Detective Blacksad.

6th Rain world

Rainworld review

Rain World introduces players to a new breed of cat called a Slugcat. The future has transformed this cat and other creatures to blend into a rundown dystopian landscape, full of predator encounters and obstacles to overcome.

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Its strikingly beautiful locations take the snail from sewers to polluted clouds, all in a charming pixelated art style. In this distant future, the rain has become dangerous and every time it rains, players must seek shelter. The way the character moves is graceful, which is also evident in his fluid combat mechanics. It is a breathtaking game that offers a unique experience and fascinating story about its post-apocalyptic environment.

5 Gato Roboto

In Gato Roboto, the players transform into a cute, pixelated cat in a monochrome alien world. The cat’s mission is to save its captain by finding his crashed spaceship. It’s a dangerous journey because the only thing that protects the cat from the hordes of alien enemies is its armored ‘Mech.

Gato Roboto is still a relevant, retro-style indie game that combines simple graphics that players would expect on a Game Boy with nifty Metroidvania elements. It requires a more linear approach rather than forcing players to go back to access new locations. This simplicity and the fun fighting mechanics make the game an entertaining game that will keep any cat lover tied to their console for hours.

4th Night in the forest

Mae runs down a city street while a fox watches in the Switch game, A Night in the Woods.

Night in the Woods tells the story of Mae, a college dropout who has to embark on a nostalgic journey through her hometown. Her friends, family, and even her town have mysteriously changed – and not just because of her long absence. Something more mysterious happens and the protagonist has to explore the forest and interact with the townspeople to find out how to stop it.

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The muted color palette and relaxing soundtrack may seem like a light-hearted game to players at first, but Night in the Woods’ narrative is surprisingly heavy. Mae’s efforts to mend relationships and rediscover the city she grew up in is also a poignant story of self-discovery and acceptance. Players will no doubt fall in love with his charming cast and be mesmerized by his well-written story.

3 Cats Are Liquid: A Better Place

Cats are Liquid: A Better Place is one of the most underrated indie video games that allows gamers to control a liquid cat. The 2D platformer is full of traps, obstacles and enemies to overcome. Players have to help the cat feel less alone by finding their friends hidden in the colorful world.

The platformer looks like child’s play at first glance, but it is a surprisingly challenging game with unique mechanics. The cat’s liquidity comes in handy when players have to squeeze through tight spaces like pipes to quickly dodge enemy projectiles. Despite being a living, simple-looking world, the game explores darker themes of abandonment and loneliness. It’s a brilliant commentary on being alone and the importance of friendship in treacherous environments.

2 Cat Quest

In distant Felingard, players can embark on an epic adventure through the impressive open world of Cat Quest. After Drakoth captures the adventurer’s sister, it’s up to the player to explore dungeons, gather resources, defeat enemies, and travel far enough to find the missing cat.

Cat Quest is a fun role-playing game where players can customize their characters to suit their style of play. They can cast spells, upgrade their armor, and grind to defeat enemies in the woods and caves. It’s a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which makes it a more fun experience. In its surprisingly expansive world, there are tons of side quests and monsters to defeat, all connected by a cohesive narrative to keep players motivated to advance and explore.

1 MagiCat

A magical cat jumps in a 16-bit forest with an enemy and coins in Magicat

The MagiCat universe has lost a relic and only the magical cat can find it. The colorful 16-bit inspired world of this indie game has cute but dangerous enemies. From robotic bunnies to slow moving blobs, players must survive every encounter and complete hundreds of levels to be successful.

It’s a nostalgic game with an art style reminiscent of classic Super Mario titles. It adds a modern twist to these retro elements by introducing fun combat mechanics. Instead of just jumping on enemies to defeat them, players can shoot fireballs to take them out remotely. There are also tons of hidden rooms and secret levels to discover, which keeps the lively and magical environment exciting.

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Hannah Saab
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Saab is a freelance writer for Screen Rant. She is based in Metro Manila, Philippines, where she lives with her partner, two fat cats and two hundred houseplants. She has a passion for everything to do with pop culture and design. When she’s not typing, she takes care of her indoor garden or watches real crime novels on Netflix.

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