Are you a cat lover? Have you ever wanted to play a game with cats as the protagonists? Or even wanted to be like the cat lady from The Simpsons and have like 50 of them? Well, my friends, that day has arrived.
Imported directly from Japan I present you Neko Atsume.
Now you’re probably thinking: “What in the world is a Neko Atsume?”
Well, the name literally means “Cat Collection”, and it’s available right now for iOS and Android platforms. Just go to the app store on your smartphone or tablet and download it right now for free! However, there is a big downside to it: you seriously should prepare yourself to be addicted to it. I’m not even kidding.
As I mentioned before, the game was originally released in Japan in October 2014 and was only available in its Japanese version. But after having been updated, the players have now the chance to switch between the Japanese and the English version of the game whenever they wish (or just, you know, stick with the English version if you don’t speak Japanese). Surprisingly, even before this English version was out, English speaking users were already playing the game.
The gameplay orbits around the player purchasing toys, furniture and food in order to attract a variety of cute little fur friends into their garden. The player can watch the kitties in the garden, take photos of them (which can be saved in albums so you can complete your cat collection) and receive gifts from them.
“A famous explorer once said, that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are. I’d finally set out to make my mark; to find adventure. But instead adventure found me. In our darkest moments, when life flashes before us, we find something; Something that keeps us going. Something that pushes us.” Lara Croft
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Tomb Raider and that Lara Croft is my favourite character ever. I remember starting to play Tomb Raider: Atlantean Scion (1996) on my godfather’s PlayStation when I was just 6 years old. If I have to thank someone for it, it’s to him, because he changed the course of my life from that moment on. I got obsessed with History, Mythology and Archaeology and today I am proud to say that I am an Archaeologist, and not one that destroys everything he finds (you heard me, Indiana Jones) but one that wants to write new pages in history books and travel around the world.
Now back to the game…
So, the quote that I started this review with is one of the most iconic quotes from the 2013 reboot Tomb Raider game and is also one of my favourites from the entire game. After that cut scene Lara’s life is changed forever.
Since 1996, the Tomb Raider franchise has had a long and proud history of critically acclaimed and massively popular games. Lara is one of the most iconic heroines ever and has led players through numerous adventures across the world, while raiding tombs and discovering ancient treasures. We’ve seen her in many forms over the years, but we’ve never seen her like this before. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ new Tomb Raider game, shows us a younger and less experienced Lara on her first expedition, right after graduating on Archaeology from the University College of London. It shows us how she grows from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.