5 Video Games that will Turn Your Devices into Virtual Pets

Collect cute cats and pet good bois with these games!

If you’ve always wanted to have cute pets at home but you don’t really have the time and resources to responsibly take care of them, a digital alternative might be what you need! From a revamped Tamagotchi game to a dog-and-dating sim in one, here are some virtual pet simulators you can check out!

My Tamagotchi Forever

Android | iOS (Free)

Tamagotchi is the quintessential game for this genre, and from being small devices with black pixels, it has gone a long way through the years. My Tamagotchi Forever is a mobile game that takes this pet simulator app and gives it modern graphics and additional minigames and puzzles you can enjoy.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

Android | iOS (Free)

If you love cats, then this adorable game is worth checking out. Made with cute hand-drawn graphics that will remind you of the hit Adorable Home, your goal in this game is to make your yard inviting for cats by filling it with playthings and snacks. There are 40 varieties of cats to collect, plus rare ones that would need specific items to make a visit.

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Photo: Neko Atsume on Google Play Store

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Best Friend Forever

PC & Mac (P450) | Nintendo Switch ($20)

Best Friend Forever is a dating and dog simulator game in one. In this game, you have just arrived at Rainbow Bay, a city filled with single guys and gals who also happen to have pet dogs just like you do! Care for your four-legged companion as you navigate Rainbow Bay’s thriving singles scene.

Dogotchi: Virtual Pet

Android | iOS (Free)

If you’re missing that classic Tamagotchi aesthetic, then you should play Dogotchi. While it’s a simulator with simpler graphics and gameplay, it is the nostalgia of having a Tamagotchi when you were younger that makes this game appealing.

Photo: Dogotchi on Google Play Store

Animal Jam

PC | Android | iOS (Free)

Animal Jam is a family-friendly online game targeted at younger players. In this game, you can customize your animals, collect clothes and items, design your den, and meet a friendly community of players.

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Homestream images from the ‘Best Friend Forever’ trailer and ‘My Tamagotchi Forever’ on Google Play Store.

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