The number of conversations I’ve had about cats in the past three weeks has skyrocketed, and I owe it in part to the game, Neko Atsume.
Initially downloaded as an excuse to brush up on my Japanese, Neko Atsume is a simple game that’s a cross between Pokémon and a Tamagotchi. Even if you don’t know the language, the premise and navigation of the game are easy enough to understand: put out food and toys for your cats and watch them flock to your garden! Special items attract special cats (samurai cat! Prince cat!), enabling you to complete your cat “Pokedex”, if you will. Plus it’s just really great to watch adorable cats sit in boxes and play with toy butterflies on sticks.
It’s a fairly uninvolved “game”, yet I find myself totally engrossed; open the app every few hours, make sure your cats have food, buy a new toy or so, and watch your cats be utterly cute. Cute enough that you and all your friends stare at your phones during dinner because you have to check on your cats, and your waitress thinks there’s something seriously wrong with you. Maybe this has actually happened, maybe it has not.