5 Best virtual pet games online

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  • Looking for a pet game to practice your pet training and carrying skills?
  • We've made up a list of the 5 best virtual pet games out there, so check it out.
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5 best virtual pet games online

If you are not ready to bring a real furry friend to your family or house, you can start by getting plenty of practice caring for virtual pets in virtual pet games.

At first, there was only Tamagotchi – a digital pet created in Japan that became a blast of a toy in the 1990s and early 2000s. 

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Now you have tens of virtual pets that you can choose from, in as many possible environments, with enhanced graphics and challenges. And, of course, they are available on any device or gaming platform, be it a smartphone, computer, or gaming console.

We’ll be looking at only a few of them, but the options are extremely varied.

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What are the best virtual pet online games?

sims 4

This is an expansion pack for The Sims 4, which allows the player to create a variety of cats and dogs and add them to the Sims’ homes or care for neighbourhood pets as a veterinarian. 

The game brings a Create A Pet tool, that lets you personalize cats and dogs, each with their own unique appearances, distinct behaviours, and outfits.

It also brings a new world, Brindleton Bay, that you can, of course, populate with pets.

The game is available to play on PCs, Macs, Xbox One, and Playstations.

Get The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs

planet zoo

A much-awaited for zoo construction and management simulation game, Planet Zoo is all about wildlife conservation.

The player has to build a zoo to shelter 68 species of animals (in the basic version of the game) – and create the perfect environment for them. Then, one also has to entertain and educate the human visitors.

The game received very good reviews upon launch and has already snatched a few awards.

Get Planet Zoo 

best pet games falcon age

For fans of bird games, this one can be a good mixture of a good story plot about colonialism in the US with realistic graphics, and entertaining enough since it focuses on building a relationship with a falcon.

And while you get to raise and train the falcon since it’s only a baby bird, your pet can reward you with cute fist bumps.

The game also comes with an optional VR mode, which is recommended if you want to get the full experience of the game.

Falcon Age is available for PC and Playstation 4.

Get Falcon Age

cat quest 2

This is a classic action RPG-game, situated in the fantasy realm of cats and dogs (so it’s not only about cats). As you might guess, it’s a sequel of the very popular game of the same name.

Players praised the satisfying combat episodes doubled by exciting and varied dungeons filled with new traps and obstacles, the fantastic graphics, and the infectious humour.

Whether you play solo or cooperate with a friend, the aim is to regain your throne (or your thrones).

The game is available to play on a multitude of platforms including PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS, PCs, Macs, smart TVs. 

There’s a demo version that you can download, and then purchase the full version.

Get Cat Quest 2

best pet games megaquarium

This is one of the best management games of 2019, where you are the curator of your own aquarium.

You get to design your displays, look after your fish, manage your staff, and keep the visitors happy. And fish-caring is not as easy as you might think!

Besides completely captivating the player with the building and management plans of the establishment, there’s also the feeding plan and placement plan for each type of fish.

Megaquarium is available to play on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS, PCs, Macs, and Linux.

Get Megaquarium

And that concludes our top picks. We’ll be happy to hear your picks, so use the comments section below.


FAQ: Read more about pet games

  • Is The Sims 4 free?

No, you have to buy Sims 4 to play it. Upon releasing the new version, the publisher had a short giveaway period.

  • How do you play multiplayer on Cat Quest 2?

Cat Quest 2 offers local co-op out of the box. But, in order to start playing with your friends online, you have to use a third-party app such as Parsec or Steam.

  • Can I play Sims 4 without origin?

You should be able to register the game once, then swap Origin to Offline and play without further interaction.


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