From fluffers to scaly-scales, people have wanted to cuddle critters they find adorable since time immemorial. Even today, when you see in-game creatures, sometimes you just can’t help but wonder, “Can I pet them?”
So, we did a bit of searching and gathered a list of games where you can pet some of the adorable in-game citizens.
Someone is stealing all the good doggos! The post-apocalypse sure sounds ruff. Build defenses to protect your pack and take on hordes of baddies and bosses to rescue the world’s most precious resource: dogs.
All the pets: Your RV is teaming with fuzzy friends. Show them you appreciate their help and companionship with a quick pet.
As Prince of the Underworld, wield the powers and mythic weapons of Olympus to break free from the clutches of the god of the dead. Grow stronger and unravel more of the story with each escape attempt.
Cerberus: Prince Zagreus’ beloved three-headed dog Cerberus loves pets from his master.
As a terrifying new monster threatens to plunge the land into chaos, it’s up to you to become the ultimate hunter and protect the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village.
Palico and Palamute: Fiercely loyal and adorable, let your Buddies know you appreciate their help by petting and playing with them.
Photograph and catalog the finest (and derpiest) dogs to build your career, upgrade your camera, and discover new canines.
So…many…dogs!: Who will photograph, pet, and tell these dogs they're good buddies if you don't? Also, whose dogs are these?!
Erik and Mia’s treasure-hunting dreams become reality as they are whisked away to the magical and mysterious realm of Draconia.
Monsters: Once you recruit a monster to your team, you’ll be able to welcome them with a nice pat.
Join a pair of dogs on a train journey to connect and sever railways across different landscapes in this comfy, track-bending puzzler.
Dog mascots: Working the rails can be doggone tiring! When you’re viewing the story art, use your cursor to give those good pups a good scratch.
The legendary assassin Travis Touchdown is back for more hardcore slash-‘em-up action! Use his Beam Katana and pro wrestling techniques to fight to the top of the Galactic Superhero Rankings.
Cat Jeane: Travis’s pet cat Jeane has been with him through thick and thin. Show some love, will ya?
As a member of an android military force, explore a dystopian landscape as you join the ferocious battle to take back Earth from other-worldly invaders.
Pod: Pods are helpful floating companions—that you can pet! While playing your Nintendo Switch™ system in handheld mode, just rub anywhere on the screen.
Play as a bard who embarks on a musical, globe-trotting journey to learn about the mysterious Earthsong.
Elusive dog: It takes a bit of coaxing, but you can help Winston (and yourself) attract the dog with food.
An ancient evil is about to reawaken. Team up with heroes from past Fire Emblem games, make new allies, and command your army in turn-based, tactical battles to stop it.
Sommie: Take a break with Sommie in the Somniel. Even heroes on a quest to defeat the Fell Dragon need time to relax. Don’t worry, Sommie reporting for pet duty!