If you’ve stumbled upon this article wondering what the heck a Neko Atsume is, then you’re a poor lost cinnamon roll and you’re either about to have your life changed or your opinion of the Internet warped.
Who could have predicted that by the end of 2015, we would all be addicted to a Japanese cat collecting game that translates literally to ‘Gather The Cats’. Not only that, but YouTuber’s are tripping over themselves to make gameplay videos to get in on the craze!
Let’s see what they all say and determine whether this is the game for you.
Before we start this YouTube round-up, let’s take a look at the official trailer for Neko Atsume.
Okay so there’s no trailer, but for fans of the game this GIF will give you life. This is pretty much the most accurate image of Neko Atsume you will ever see. Cats, in a room, with a bunch of props to play with. MLG GAME ON.
FIRST REVIEW: Kotaku (a.k.a ‘The Cat People’)
The folks over at Kotaku have served us up this wonderful review of two people who sound as confused by the game as humans rightly should be. They run through the business section of the game; it’s a freemium, translated cat collecting game.
It also serves as some good background information as to how the game came to the surface of the Internet as one of the most addictive, cutesy games in the world via Anime Twitters and Messageboards! Note: This video was released before the English update.
SECOND REVIEW: TheAnimeMan (a.k.a ‘The Translator’)
TheAnimeMan rightly sums up this game as ‘Harvest Moon Meets Adorable Cats’! TAM also plays the game in the Japanese build before the globally popular UK release, but my gosh it’s adorable when he translates and talks in Japanese!
This video runs us through more of the gameplay mechanics including how to attract cats to your yard (spoiler: it’s not with milkshakes) as well as the correct combinations to lure in the rarest pussycats in the game!
THIRD REVIEW: Sharla’s Life (a.k.a ‘The Newbie’)
Sharla is addicted to Neko Atsume in real life… but has never played the game before?! Well now you can experience it with her for the first time in this gorgeous Lets Play.
Within a few minutes you see Sharla begin to fall silent as she gets totally absorbed by Neko and the majesty of pussycat collecting – us AF. Her excitement over taking a picture of a cat with a plastic bag on his head is unreal. We love her and this game so much.
FOUTH REVIEW: CheekiiChaps (a.k.a ‘MLG Dubber’)
This is pretty much my favourite video on the entirety of the Internet. It is 100% what I experience every time I play Neko Atsume. Including Miley Cyrus riding on the back of Mr Meowgi.
It may not make the game sell a million copies, but it’s the best trash edit you need to see if you’re already indoctrinated into the Neko Atsume lifestyle. THRIFTY BITZZZZZ.
FIFTH REVIEW: TofuuGaming (a.k.a ‘The Non-Believer’)
Another YouTuber that was asked to play this game based on the amount of fans asking him to do so, Tofuu immediately responds with… ‘is this a troll game?!’ His review is actually pretty eye-opening to people like myself who have been lost inside the Neko Atsume sinkhole for months now, especially as he laughs over the purchasing of items at the cost of fish.
The only thing we must say in response to this video is that Tofu demonstrates a total lack of patience in regards to the camera, Catbook and collecting features – this game is for the long haul and not an addictive every-second-dominator!
THE UNICORN ROUND-UP:
POSITIVE: You will spend every single day of the rest of your life collecting, feeding and playing with cats without the financial and hygienic repercussions. A dream come true.
NEGATIVE: There is literally nothing negative to say about this game. We’re sorry to disappoint you, but you pretty much need to go and download this now.
Final Score: Neko Atsume may seem like another Tumblr meme, but Tubbs and his gang of loveable cats are here to stay. Forever.
10 TUBB’S OUT OF 10.