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Neko Atsume’s cats wash their faces now, plus there’s a new mysterious cat …

One of the most important games in the world (and don’t you forget it) Neko Atsume, the cat-collecting game, got an update last week. As you’d expect for this time of year, the update sees the return of the snow music as well as Christmas decorations to spotted around some of the scenes. There are also some new items such as a snow dome, an antique chair, cocoons, and a kotatsu (a wonderful, feet-warming invention). That is not all. In fact, this new update’s greatest gifts are the most elusive—you’ll have to be quick to spot them and take a snapshot.…

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Prepare your cat butts for a live-action Neko Atsume movie

Neko Atsume (2014), the beloved cat game for smartphones, is being turned into a live-action movie. Meow indeed. That means it’ll feature real cats—proper little fluffballs that deserve all the strokes—so perhaps it stands a chance at being the best videogame-to-movie adaptation (not that it would take much). AMG Entertainment are the people doing the world this favor, however, they only announced the movie for Japanese audiences for the time being. That said, the game was only available in Japan at first, before its popularity transcended language barriers and sent us all into a cat-feeding frenzy. The movie will be…

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Cats finally take over the world with mobile game Neko Atsume

This article is part of a collaboration with iQ by Intel. Neko Atsume is a smartphone game where players can watch cats. They can’t pet them, or call to them, or scratch behind their ears. The most a player can do is buy a treat or toy and place it in a backyard. If the player is lucky, the toy will attract Snowball, a furry white kitty who enjoys playing with rubber balls. Or, if the player is really lucky, the toy might even attract Pumpkin—who eats all the tuna he can get his paws on. Yutaka Takazaki, the creator of…

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High Scores: The Best Videogames of 2015

Header image and artwork by Caty McCarthy 25. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base) Neon cuteness belying hardened spacefaring carnage. A manic platformer disguised as a cheerful shoot-em-up. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a lot of things, and all of those things are descending on you at the exact same time. With the evil forces of anti-love surrounding you as you save imprisoned space bunnies, Lovers works best with two players sitting side-by-side, working together against near-impossible odds. An AI-controlled dog or cat can accompany you on your suicide mission, but facing down increasing waves of enemies next to…

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Watch 11 hours of cats being adorable to celebrate the best cat game on the planet

We don’t need an excuse to talk about cats here. Cats are a pretty big deal. We have a “cats” tag and it’s probably the most valuable thing we’ve got. That is, before we set-up our sister site Kitten Screen and take over th– okay, that’s not actually happening (it is in my dreams), but a “Kitten Screen” is actually why you’re here.  This week has been declared “Game Week with Google Play” in Japan. And part of that involved celebrating one of our favorite videogames from this past year: Neko Atsume. You know what developer Hit-Point Co. did? I…

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Catlateral Damage reminds me why I’m a dog person

You are a cat. Your owner has left you home alone as they do every day. Your window has opened, and it is time to punish your unwitting human the only way you know how: mass destruction. Such is the premise of Catlateral Damage, a first-person cat simulator by developer Chris Chung. Similar to Katamari Damacy, you are in a space with a limited amount of time to do a lot of damage—but instead of playing an adorable alien prince rolling up items, you’re an adorable cat with a predilection for carnage. we are truly at their mercy  Catlateral Damage,…

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The life and times of a Garbage Cat, and his human’s futile attempts to sleep

Cats: why do we worship their every judgmental glance and begrudging move? Perhaps its writ in our DNA to adore their disdain for us, and to, day in day out, pick up the stinky poops of a creature that (on a good day) barely puts up with your people crap. Ever since the Egyptians up and declared them sacred, cats have been fated to become humanity’s disgruntled overlords. The internet isn’t helping, either, with their dickhole feline antics translating perfectly into six second Vine clips. I mean, just look down below at this Google Books Ngram Viewer chart to see how…

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This Japanese cat-ownership smartphone game is everything

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. NEKO ATSUME (iOS, ANDROID)  BY HIT-POINT CO.  Owning a cat means coming home to a gift nearly every day. If it isn’t a half-eaten mouse then it’s a new scratch in the furniture, or a cardboard box now lined with fur. You learn over time that cats are both adorable and mischievous. They’re mysterious beings that do things on their own accord, embodying the unexpected. Neko Atsume, a Japanese pet cat sim, captures all of this feline theater perfectly. It has you adopt cats and buy them toys to nuzzle…