Animals make for great characters in games. They can replace human characters rather easily. Thus, there are a variety of games out there with animals as the cast. We were originally going for games that you can play with animals. However, as it turns out, the best games for animals involve going outside, physical toys, and not being on a phone. The exception, of course, are cats and we have that list linked just below. Thus, instead of scrapping the idea, we decided to check out a bunch of great games that revolve around animals instead. Here are the best animal games for Android!
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is Nintendo’s official Animal Crossing game on mobile. It has a lot of elements of the classic Animal Crossing games long with some mobile game stuff too. You create a campsite for animals, find ones that need help, and even craft stuff. There is a social element where friends can share gifts. It’s otherwise a fairly straightforward game experience. If we had any critiques, it’s that the game is a little slow. There isn’t a ton of stuff to do. Those who want something a little more exciting may need to keep looking. That said, it’s a relaxing game at least.
Crossy Road is this generation’s version of Frogger. Players guide a chicken as it crosses many roads, streams, and other small obstacles. The goal is to move forward without being run over by cars or falling into the water. You start with the classic chicken to cross these roads. However, there are a metric ton of unlockable characters as well. There is also a Disney version of this with some classic Disney animals as well. It’s family friendly, has an online mode, and you can even play it on your Android TV. It’s an easy recommendation from us.
Hay Day is a game by Supercell, the same developers of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. This is a farming game similar in style to games like FarmVille. You plant crops, tend to animals, and make products from the fruits of your labor. It’s a simple farming game. Those who want something more complicated can try out something like Farming Simulator 18 or other similar games. It’s another easy recommendation for us with a ton of animals and also some other farming simulator stuff.
Hooky Crook is a fun little puzzle-platformer with a cat. You swipe and sling yourself through levels while avoiding obstacles. The game features 84 levels and the developers promise more in future updates. Additionally, you get leaderboards and complete offline support. It’s an above average platformer experience on mobile and the mechanics keep it from feeling like the same old style of platformer. It’s also cheap and family friendly. It’s not a bad way to kill some time.
Ice Age Village is one of the oldest animal games on the list. It’s a Disney game and it has a bunch of characters from the Ice Age franchise. It’s a city-building sim. You bring a bunch of animals in and they build families. You make sure everyone has a place to stay, play some extra mini-games, and collect rewards as you play. This is one of a number of above average sims with a bunch of animals in them. ZooCraft is another decent one as is Dog Town, among others. They are all freemium games, but they’re otherwise quite fun and even family friendly for older kids.
My Tamagotchi Forever is a mobile remake of the popular toy from the 1990’s. You take care of an animal by raising it, feeding it, playing with it, and cleaning it. It features a bunch of mini-games and other stuff to do. This one also includes an AR mode as well to explore the Tamagotchi world. There are several good games like this, such as Pou. In addition, Google Play developer Mawges has really old school virtual pet apps. They all have slightly different elements, but the basic ideas are the same.
Rodeo Stampede is a runner style game from the venerable Yodo1 Games. You play to collect various animals in the game. The animals are added to your zoo after each stampede. The goal is to collect them all. You ride an animal during the stampede and avoid obstacles. Players also lasso animals to keep for themselves. It’s a neat little runner experience because it has that extra collection element so there is a reason to keep playing over and over again. Plus, it’s full of animals!
Super Phantom Cat is another platformer with a cat. This one is a little more traditional than Hooky Crook. It’s a 2D side-scroller. You avoid obstacles, jump on bad guys, and complete levels. It has a lot of elements that you’ve seen in previous platformers, like changing blocks to get around them and stuff like that. We loved the first game and the second one continues to be outstanding. Also, it’s family friendly and it has plenty of content. There really isn’t much wrong with this one.
Talking Tom is the original animal game. The series has expanded into a variety of different games. You get sim games like My Talking Tom 1 and 2, a runner with Talking Tom Gold Rush, and, of course, the original series. Those include Talking Tom, Talking Angela, Talking Ginger, and several others. None of them are deep games. However, they cover several genres and they aren’t a bad way to kill a few minutes. Plus, the Talking Tom games are very kid friendly, even for younger kids. There’s a reason these games are so popular.
WildCraft is a bit of a diamond in the rough. It’s an adventure RPG with some simulation elements. You start as a wolf, fox, lynx, or other wild animal. Players then raise a family, survive the elements, and fight off threats. It’s not going to blow your mind with its mechanics. However, it’s definitely something a little different than the other, somewhat fluffier animal games we have on the list. We would like to see more quests and content to play through. It’s a surprisingly decent game.
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