The Post recommends cat apps to download and relax with during study breaks.

From funny cat videos on YouTube to dedicated cat blogs on Tumblr, it is undeniable that felines are slowly, but surely, conquering the internet.

Regardless of whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, animals are known to have a calming effect on people. And with finals coming up soon, what better way is there to relax and take a break from studying than to try out some adorable cat games on your phone?

Here are five recommended app games featuring cats:

1. Nekonoke

With its simple design and relaxing music, Nekonoke is a game in which the player’s goal is to unlock all 15 cats and create items by collecting furballs from the cats.

The game begins in a simple room where you’ll be greeted with a tutorial and Cake, the first of many cats you’ll meet in this game. Creating items will allow you the unlock pages in the cat diary.

As more cats and items are unlocked, the number of furballs needed to unlock the next cat or item will increase. Although the cats are unable to play with the items you make, the items still make for cute decorations in the room.

Although the gameplay is far from exciting, Nekonoke is a relaxing game to visit while taking study breaks — definitely a cat game suitable for all ages.

Rating: 3.5/5

2. Bread Kittens

Supposedly based on the cat breading meme where slices of bread are placed around a cat’s neck, Bread Kittens is a turn-based game where you attempt to save brainwashed stray cats by throwing slices of bread at them.

Similar to Pokémon, the goal of the game is to collect the different types of cat breeds ranging from British Shorthairs to Calicos. As you progress, different baked goods that can be used to improve cat stats will be unlocked.

While there are several nitpicks about the game such as its lack of cat designs and the “breading” mechanics, Bread Kittens is a fun game that isn’t too difficult to beat.

Rating: 4/5

3) Meow Meow Star Acres

Similar to games such as FarmVille and Hay Day, Meow Meow Star Acres is essentially a game where the player manages a farm. Except with more cats.

The mechanics of the games are easy to learn. Basically, you plant crops that will be harvested to make food and items to sell to customers who visit. Although the game is extremely addictive at first, the time needed to make items increases as you level up and it may become harder to satisfy customers’ requests.

Another family friendly game, Meow Meow Star Acres is suitable for all ages. However, it is best to be cautious as it offers many in-game purchases that can become expensive very quickly.

Rating: 3.5/5

4) The Battle Cats

“Amongst the global issues, civil wars, financial crises, terrorism, a brand new threat appears… The Battle Cats.”

In The Battle Cats, the player helps creatures that look like cats take over the world by defeating common cat enemies like dogs, snakes and even groups of stick figures. As you take over different countries around the world, a variety of new cat characters will be unlocked, allowing you to choose and create the perfect cat army.

The mechanics of the game are simple. Plan a strategy while unleashing your troop of cats, bring down the enemies’ base and prepare for the next battle by upgrading your cats. There are occasional boss battles in the game that may require you to replay past levels to gain experience points. 

With its quirky character designs and upbeat tempo, The Battle Cats is an extremely addicting game to play and a great stress-reliever.

Rating: 4.5/5

5) Neko Atsume

Arguably one of the most popular mobile cat games at the moment, Neko Atsume has been featured and reviewed on websites like KotakuThe New York Times Magazine and even has its own sub-forum on Reddit.

The game begins with a simple backyard patio where you can attract neighborhood cats by putting out food and toys for them. Different toys and room upgrades can be obtained by collecting the fish left by visiting cats. After visiting several times, cats may leave a memento behind as a form of their appreciation.

Interestingly, a unique feature about the game is that each cat has its own preference. Depending on the type of toy or food you leave out, a different cat will visit accordingly. Rather than actually ‘collecting’ the cats, the goal of the game is to be able to spot the cat in your backyard and collect their mementos instead.

It’s easy to see the appeal of Neko Atsume. With adorable cat designs and relaxing music, being able to see which new cat is visiting your backyard this time provides a pleasant distraction from daily tasks.

Rating: 5/5

All games are available on both IOS and Android. In-game purchases may vary


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