Bored? Try playing pet simulation games that provide you with a virtual pet, where you take good care of them by playing with them and providing for their needs, just like One Sophia does! She loves how these games allow her to experience the joy of pet ownership without the real-life responsibilities. Here are 5 titles to check out, from caring for the cutest domesticated pets to cool little aliens, to managing an entire zoo!


Nintendogs is a game for the DS released in 2005 and as its name suggests, was made by Nintendo. Choose from various virtual dog breeds where you take care of the dog in real time. You can fetch and exercise, bathe and feed your pet, and use the integrated mic inside the game to call your adorable puppy.

Zoo Tycoon

Zoo Tycoon is a game where you’re the zookeeper trying to build up and manage a zoo. You get to take care of various animals and as you expand your business and place more species, you gain more visitors and profit from your zoological park. The game involves keeping both the animals you’ve placed for viewing and the guests who are visiting happy and entertained.

My Tamagotchi Forever

Look after and raise your own Tamagotchi from an egg! Care for your retro pet by cleaning after it, caring for it, feeding  and putting it to sleep with evolution stages from babies to toddlers, toddlers to teens and teens to adults.


Pou the Alien is a fun pet simulation game that launched in 2012. Experience taking care of an alien as a child, watching it grow and provide for its needs, which is almost similar to Tamagotchi games.

The Sims 2 Pets

The Sims 2 Pets is additional content for the game The Sims 2 where the player can choose from various dog breeds and cats to take care of, teach tricks, buy them toys, bed, food and meet other pets in-game.

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