Cats are not generally considered to be man’s best friend, but they are unquestionably one of his most cherished obsessions. “Everyone wants to be a cat,” as O’Malley the Alley Cat would say in Disney’s 1970 film The Aristocats, and this is certainly true in the world of video games.
In case you’ve ever wished that you could play as a cat in the SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, or the life simulation mechanics of Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, we’ve got a game for you.
Kitaria Fables, developed by Indonesian developer Twin Hearts and published by PQube games, has you taking on the role of an anthropomorphic kitty cat tasked with saving the world from darkness while also forging relationships, farming crops, and growing in strength throughout the game.
The story begins with the wildlife in and around Paw Village becoming increasingly aggressive, and your feline avatar is dispatched to investigate and defend the residents of the small town.
In order to aid them in their long journey ahead, players will first establish a new base at their uncle’s house before venturing out to explore the vast world that is teeming with wildlife, resources, and loot to be found.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of Kitaria Fables, aside from the cutesy art style and animal townsfolk, is the combat system, which allows players to freely choose between what weapons and magic to equip in combat, with no semblance of a job class system to prevent them from fighting the way they want to fight.
After slaying monsters, players can plant seeds and tend to crops for food, and gather materials and ores so that they can craft more powerful weapons, armor, and accessories.
Kitaria Fables is full of anthropomorphic townsfolk with a variety of personalities, much like the villagers in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If you fulfill their individual requests and form bonds with them, you will be rewarded handsomely for your efforts on behalf of your fellow citizens.
As an added bonus, Kitaria Fables includes a local co-op mode that is compatible with Steam remote play, allowing you to play the entire game with a friend for twice the fun.
For those who think this sounds like a good time, Kitaria Fables is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. For the duration of the celebration, the game is 20% off on Steam, including the Deluxe Edition, which includes a slew of outfits for you to dress up your feline avatar in to match the occasion.