Alpaca Rancher is a sweet 2D game where you raise alpacas! This casual life sim lets you explore the world where you’ll meet fun new characters. They’ll even assign you quests. Discover helpful items that make traveling easier, and even find some zen locations perfect for relaxing in.
While you explore Alpaca Rancher, you’ll come across all sorts of stylish alpacas. Help them find a cozy home by taming them and taking them to your ranch. Take care of them by feeding, brushing, and shearing them. You can then sell their wool so you can buy upgrades to your farm buildings.
Also spend time foraging for food, seeds, and other resources while you explore Alpaca Rancher. You’ll be able to plant those seeds on your farm to grow a variety of crops. Water them and use fertilizer to help them grow into the highest quality food. Feed those crops to your alpacas to help them grow higher quality wool, which will earn you more money.
Create a cozy and prosperous little ranch where your alpacas will be happy!
Alpaca Rancher does not have a release date listed. However, you can find it on Steam, where you can add it to your Wishlist.
Want another creature collection game? Check out Bug & Seek, a bug catching game.
Detective Pikachu had a relatively positive reception when it was released. It was a top-selling 3DS game in the US in March 2018, and was in the top ten 3DS games in June and July. It also landed in the top 12 on the UK’s 3DS chart. Overall, it received fairly average ratings from various critics. However, it did spawn a fun movie, and now a sequel!
Detective Pikachu Returns finds you in Ryme City with the coffee-loving Pikachu and his human partner, Tim Goodman. A jewel theft occurs that sends the detective duo down a mysterious path. It’s up to you to find out why Harry has gone missing and what is causing the Pokemon-related incidents around Ryme City.
Use Detective Pikachu’s ability to speak directly to Pokemon to gather clues and information from the monster companions you encounter. Some of them will even help you out using their special skills, like Growlithe who can track scents. Tim will interact with the humans to gather information, and together, Tim and Pikachu will solve multiple cases across the city in Detective Pikachu Returns!
Detective Pikachu Returns will be on Nintendo Switch October 6th! You can pre-order it now.
Flutter Away is a short but cozy nature adventure game that lets you explore the lush beauty of the Amazon rainforest. You are a butterfly researcher on a five-day camping trip to study the butterflies in the rainforest. You will explore the mesmerizing tropical forest while searching for butterflies, other creatures, and important plants.
Set up your tent in a cozy little spot in the rain forest so you have somewhere to call home for the trip. Take relaxing walks down the trails and embrace the beautiful sights of a waterfall, towering trees, and sweet little flowers. You will even search for the different types of mushrooms and frogs Flutter Away has to offer. Build a flourishing friendship with a shy little capybara to learn her secrets. And don’t forget to take pictures of your adventure! Add pictures of all the flora and fauna you encounter to your journal to document your findings and your journey.
Flutter Away is a relaxing and educational game that is perfect for nature lovers of all ages. It is a great way to learn about the Amazon rain forest and its inhabitants.
Unfortunately, the super cute Flutter Away does not have a release date available yet. However, you can find it on Steam, where you can add it to your Wishlist!
Explore a Charming Open World and Battle Unique Monsters
Cassette Beasts is a classic creature collection and monster battle game, with a twist. Featuring beautiful art and unique creatures, the game takes place on the remote island of New Wirral. The island is inhabited by strange creatures and a group of brave people who are plagued by attacks from these creatures. They’re ready to fight back, though.
The residents of Harbourtown use cassette tapes to transform for battle against the aggressive monster inhabitants, and so will you! Use your cassette players to record a monster on tape. Then, play the tape back in order to transform into the creature you’ve recorded. Cassette Beasts isn’t a solo adventure, and you don’t need to fight alone, either! Build friendships and travel the island with a companion. As you get to know your new friend, you’ll unlock the ability to fuse monster forms. Monster fusion will produce a new, unique creature, as well as increase your strength to gain the upper hand in battle. The strength of your relationship will determine how well your fusion works.
Explore an incredible open-world with your battle companion. Solve puzzles and find dungeons to complete. Use some of the cassette beast abilities in human form and fly, glide, dash, swim, climb, or even become magnetic. Ultimately, you’re looking for a way off the island, and the only way to do that is to fight your way through and explore every nook and cranny for answers!
Steam, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch
This cute spin on creature collection and monster battles is currently available on Steam. It will be available on Xbox and Nintendo Switch starting May 25th, 2023.
Ooblets, a life simulation and creature collection adventure game from developers Glumberland, is an outstandingly adorable game. Players customize their own character and move to the run-down little town of Badgetown. There, you’ll learn all about the cute little creatures called ooblets. These fun and whimsical little creatures come in all shapes and colors, and can even help you on your farm where you’ll grow crops as well as new ooblets! Join an Ooblet Club, have dance battles with other trainers and their ooblets, and complete quests to liven up the town. Also decorate your home, buy new clothes to match your style, open your very own shop, and much more.
The Ooblets and Dance Battles
If you’re familiar with Pokemon, then you’ll be familiar with the idea behind collecting Ooblets in all their shapes and colors. Some are rarer than others, of course, and each town and biome you visit will feature their very own types of ooblets. As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock more ooblets for each area, too.
What really tickles me is the use of trainer battles, but instead of trying to hurt and knock out the other team, you compete in a dance battle. Dance battles involve a deck of cards that have certain abilities on them. The contents of your deck (and your opponent’s) depends on the ooblets you’ve chosen for your team. Each ooblet type has certain abilities, and as they level up, you’ll unlock new abilities and cards. For example, dumbirbs add in a card that lets you add “trepidation” to the opponent’s deck, which is adding useless cards to their deck so they’ll draw blank cards. That makes them unable to gain points, which are needed to win. The first person to the point total (which depends on the size of the group you are battling), wins.
Ultimately, it’s a simple little change to the usual creature collection battle style, but it’s wildly successful for a cozy game, in my opinion. The music used is fun and upbeat without being annoying. The dancing animations are adorable. The use of cards to choose moves is creative, too. Plus, when you win, kind words and congratulations are given to the opponent. It’s heartwarming.
Aside from the battles, your little ooblet friends are useful on the farm! Build them small Oob Coops, assign them specific jobs, and they’ll help with the farm chores. They can water crops, pick crops, battle weeds, break up rocks, and harvest logs so you can focus on dance battles and quests. Don’t forget to dress them up in the cute ooblet accessories you’ll collect from completing quests. Make them even more adorable than they already are.
The Overall Game
Glumberland really nailed it with this game. Aside from the adorable creatures and fun dance battles, the humor is just spot on. Overall, the game is goofy. There’s a wide cast of characters with wildly varying personalities and dialogues. Some are scathing, some sweet, and some just don’t make sense, adding to the silliness of their image. Items have weird names (like the sprinklehot or the dribbly can). People’s names aren’t standard, every-day things either. You’ll meet people like Churles who runs the clothing store, and Rugnolia who’s the local scientist (think Professor Oak). Whatever I’m doing in the game, it usually succeeds in making me giggle at least once here and there at its cute absurdity.
Ooblets uses a beautifully vibrant color scheme without being painfully bright. Plus, each area features its very own look and introduces a new unique biome into the mix, allowing for some fun exploration. Add in a variety of quests, home renovations, farming, and ooblet dance battles, there’s a lot to do and love in this game.
I don’t know if I adequately captured the silliness and beauty of Ooblets, but perhaps it’s better to just experience it first-hand. I cannot recommend this game enough. It is adorable. It’s funny. It’s cozy and relaxing, too. Ooblets is a great addition to the farming sim genre, and should be added to your list of games to play
Alekon is an amusing journey through your imagination where you’ll take photographs of eccentric creatures known as fictions. Each fiction embodies a different concept, from Rainy Day to Micro Management. You’ll wander through the different fantastical realms insearch of the fictions. Interact with them to get them so they’ll strike one of their collectable poses.
That’s right, collectable poses! At its heart, Alekon is a creature collection game, but you’ll also collect photos of the different poses the fictions will strike. There are over 50 creatures for you to find, all with unique personalities, quests, dialogue, and collectable poses. Complete the quests and minigames each one gives you in order to befriend them. You’ll do anything from tuning crystal harps, planning parties, or telling ghost stories in order to help the fictions. Solve puzzles with a variety of tools like donuts, magnets, or lantern-lighting fireflies.
The game has no disheartening fetch quests, no boring grinding, and no unskippable cutscenes. Plus, each quest reward is a unique game mechanic or piece of content, making Alekon an especially relaxing game. It also features a nostalgic N64-inspired soundtrack to accompany you on your photography adventure. There’s no fighting, either, making this the perfect cozy game.
So, get creative and take pictures to your heart’s content!
The whimsical and adorable Alekon is available now on Steam!
In The Beasts of Maravilla, you play as a young, aspiring wildlife photographer Marina Montez, who is on a mission to explore the island of Maravilla and discover the extraordinary creatures living there. Her goal is to restore the waning magic of the island. To do that, she needs to prove magical creatures are real and restore humanity’s belief in the magical! Therefore, armed with her grandfather’s camera, and his journal of Maravilla, Marina must run, climb, explore, and solve puzzles to find the wondrous beasts of the island and photograph them.
Discover the 50 different creatures of the Beasts of Maravilla, located in three distinctive ecological zones. Traverse the Singing Jungle, the Glimmering River, and the Painted Plateau in search of the perfect shots. You’ll have to coax out the unusual behaviors of creatures to fill your photo book, but that shouldn’t be an issue! Simply play hide and seek with the otter-crocodile, or be the wing man for a love struck bird-monkey, and so many more. Use your photography skills to get the best shots possible, and don’t be afraid to be creative. Adjust the angle, height, and zoom of your camera to get the perfect shot.
In Ooblets, you will get to fully customize your character with a ton of different styles and accessories. Then, spend your days renovating your farm. Turn your ramshackle home into a beautiful place with numerous design items and pieces of furniture you can collect.
Grow some otherworldly crops, make them into treats, and sell them in your shop located in town. Raise weird, magical creatures called ooblets to participate in dance tournaments. Build your team of ooblets and level them up to win the card-based dance-offs with wild ooblets or other ooblet trainers.
You’ll also get to explore numerous unique regions, all of which have different characteristics and plant life to discover. Forge new friendships with the townsfolk, and help the mayor save Badgetown. Perhaps even join a club that suits you. Play mini games and take part in daily challenges, such as dance-offs, quests, and earning badges. You may even unearth some secrets along the way!
September 1st Release for Nintendo Switch
Wholesome Games announced on their official Twitter that Ooblets is not only releasing on Nintendo Switch on September 1st, but that version 1.0 will also be available. Unfortunately, no release date has been released for the Steam version, though you can add it to your wishlist. Xbox players can also find the game here. You can also find it on the Epic Games store.
You can check out our coverage of previous Ooblets updates here. For another game that takes place in an alien world, check out One Lonely Outpost, or Peridot for more creature collection.