Sometimes having a real pet is difficult. Maybe your apartment complex is strict or your loved ones are allergic. It’s not great, but there are other alternatives like virtual pet apps. These are a subset of the simulation genre where you adopt, feed, clean, and take care of a little virtual pet. The genre has its ups and downs, but the games are usually family friendly and adorable. You may even recognize some names on this list, like My Tamagotchi Forever by the same company that did the little Tamagotchis from the 1990’s. Anyway, here are the best virtual pet apps and games for Android! MORE CUTE ANIMAL GAMES HERE!
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Price: Freemium DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY AiKo is something a little bit different. You raise a child instead of a pet. The app features a bunch of stuff you would normally see in other games of this type. You can play mini-games, decorate various rooms and yards, unlock other characters, customize those characters, and do the usual stuff like feed and take care of them. It uses anime style animation and while the characters blush a little much for my tastes, it is a cute little game. People seem to enjoy it overall and there are plenty of things to do.
Price: Freemium DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Clumsy Ninja is another virtual pet style app with people instead of animals. You train, take care of, and play around with a little ninja person. The game features a variety of mini-games, a bunch of customizations for your character, and little challenges to complete. You can even tie balloons to the little guy and make him float away. People tend to enjoy the game for the most part. There are some questionable permissions and the occasional bug, but by and large there’s nothing too offensive about this one.
Cthulhu Virtual Pet
Price: Free / $1.00 DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Cthulhu Virtual Pet gives you your very own little Cthulhu to raise and take care of. You can do the usual stuff like feed and take care of your little Cthulhu and it will evolve over time to adulthood. There are also five mini-games and a fun 8-bit graphic style. The game is a little slow, even for this genre, but there are always ways around that like manually setting your clock forward on your phone. Don’t forget to pray to your Cthulhu to keep it happy! This is also a rare virtual pet app with no freemium elements.
Price: Free (with ads) DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Dogotchi is a throwback to the old Tamagotchi days. It features a very simple 8-bit UI and a cute little dog to take care of. You give it shots, feed it, play with it, and take care of it. The game features 12 dogs, a growing up mechanic, various mini-games, and customizable colors. You unlock dogs by raising your existing pups to adulthood. This one is entirely free with no in-app purchases. There are ads and we wish we had a way to pay to make them go away. Otherwise, this is a great free option in this genre. The developer has several other retro style virtual pet apps as well.
Price: Freemium DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Godville is one of the more unique virtual pet apps we’ve seen. You basically play the role of God. You have a subject that does all of your work for you, including adventuring, slaying bad guys, and collecting loot and such. It’s a ZPG (zero player game) and that means the game plays itself. You simply tell it what to do. You can have the entire RPG adventure experience without actually doing it yourself. The player decides things like what guild your minion joins, what quests they do, and even make them build temples for you. It’s a neat little game and surprisingly fun for how little you do.
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Price: Freemium DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Hellopet is another unique virtual pet game. This one uses screen overlay functionality on your phone to give you a little pet. The pet runs around on your phone basically all the time. You may see it wander by when answering a text message or while scrolling your app drawer. The game itself has you adopting the pet, taking care of it, and play little mini-games. At its core, it’s a fairy traditional virtual pet game. However, we couldn’t help but geek out our dog ran across the screen while scrolling Twitter one day. The in-app purchases on this one could be a lot better, but it doesn’t seem to affect the funnest parts of the game that much.
Price: Freemium DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY My Boo is another traditional style virtual pet app and one of the more popular ones. You adopt and raise a cute little blob monster. Players raise it, give it attention, feed it, and customize it with various cloths and such. To be honest, you won’t find a lot of unique stuff with this one. The game just does all of the virtual pet stuff well and that makes it easy to recommend. The advertising can be a little over the top sometimes, but you can pay money to make those go away. It’s a decent overall experience.
My Tamagotchi Forever
Price: Freemium DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY My Tamagotchi Forever is the mobile remake of the popular little game from the 1990’s. However, this doesn’t look or act anything like the classic game. It does provide a good virtual pet apps experience, though. You adopt your Tamagotchi and do all of the usual stuff including raise it, play with it, feed it, and clean up after it. This one also includes a neat augmented reality feature that ties into the game quite well. We highly recommend the game just to try out the AR features alone, honestly. It’s a freemium game with freemium mechanics. However, with a little patience, you don’t have to worry about them.
Price: Free / Up to $3.36 DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Neko Atsume is a very popular cat game. In fact, Android Nougat’s Easter egg was very similar to this one. Players spend their time laying out food for cats and then adopt those cats. The goal is to collect all four dozen or so cats available in the game. You can customize the living environment of the cats and give them toys to play with. It’s not a classic virtual pet game. However, it has enough of the elements and we really like how adorable this one is.
Talking Tom series
Price: Freemium (usually) DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY The My Talking Tom series (by Outfit7) is one of the most iconic mobile virtual pet apps. The original My Talking Tom has over 500 million downloads at the time of this writing. In any case, there are a bunch of games in the series to choose from, including My Talking Tom 1 and 2, My Talking Angela, Talking Tom Gold Rush, and a few others. You feed your Talking Tom, take it to the bathroom, and even talk to it. There are a bunch of mini-games and customizations to play with as well. The games are still among the best virtual pet apps even after all these years. We linked the whole Outfit7 collection at the button above.
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