A Game About Cats

Recently, there has been a game that has been rising among the ranks in the app store of both IOS and Android devices. It’s called Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector. It is a simple game with a very basic concept.

You must attract cats to your yard. In order to do that, you must use two different items. The two items are toys and food. Food is used to attract the cats, but toys are needed to entertain them. There are different ranks of quality to the food. As the quality of the food increases, the amount of cats that will visit your yard will increase, but as the ranks increase, the price increases as well. The toys range from a simple ball to a hammock to a kotatsu. You can also expand your yard and change its style as well. Cats will only visit your yard if the app is off. There is no end to the game, you just collect cats.

Like most free to play games, there are two different currencies within this game. The two different currencies are regular dried sardines and golden dried sardines. Both of the currencies can be obtained from the cats when they leave the yard because the cats leave a present every time they leave. The only currency that can be purchased for real money are the golden dried sardines. There is an exchange rate between the gold and regular sardines so in a way you can by regular dried sardines.

This game is interesting because it was able to get very popular even though it’s such a simple concept. Or maybe it’s gotten so popular because it is simple?  This has been seen with many other games on the app stores. Flappy Bird and Crossy Road are other examples of games with a simple concept and yet they have gotten millions of downloads.

The question is why are they so popular with their simple ideas? I think that the idea of a simple game is more likely to appeal to a wider audience. No complicated actions to perform, just look at the cats playing around. The same goes with Flappy Bird and Crossy Road. Press the screen to keep the bird flying and don’t hit anything and the other is just press the screen and don’t get hit.

I am currently having a lot of fun with this. I recommend this to those who just want to have a relaxing game or like cats.