These games feature animals, and allow players to play as them. Despite the fact that they are simple animals, the fact remains that the player is very attached to them, especially thanks to various human characteristics that allow them to transmit emotion.
In the same way that cinema or literature have been able to stage different characters, and by different we mean above all inhuman, video games have been able to offer players experiences making it possible to play, in particular, animals. If they do not necessarily speak, they do not necessarily offer less charisma. The proof with all the games featuring animals that we will discuss today, which are easily considered as classics.
Untitled Goose Game
Untitled Goose Game, released a little over a year ago, surprised everyone with its innovative side, the fact that it came out of nowhere, and especially by its incredibly fun concept.. We are a very common goose, unable to speak, but whose only goal is to annoy all the humans around. Basically, you play a goose like it’s a real life goose. A critical and popular success that no one saw coming, and which has certainly increased the popularity of geese around the world.
Okami allows the player to play as a Wolf, who is actually just the personification of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. It’s an incredibly well-built Zelda-like, whether it’s level design or even art direction. This cel-shading style is becoming increasingly rare and allows us to remember that already at the time, we were making games of unthinkable beauty.
Donkey Kong Country
If Donkey Kong Country is rarely the first game that today’s gamers have been able to play as children, it often happens that it is the one that allowed them to fall in love with video games.. Thanks to its revolutionary graphics for the time, its infallible gameplay and above all the charisma of the Donkey Kong monkey that we embody, it has become a timeless classic of video games.
Star Fox 64
Imagine Star Wars, except instead of Luke Skywalker you have a fox. As Han Solo, a falco. Roughly speaking, this is what Star Fox was to all the kids of the 90s. Star Fox 64 has stuck in the minds of a lot of gamers and for a simple reason: at the time it was one of the best Space Opera-style games so adored by a lot of geeks.. All while featuring a toad, a rabbit, a dog or a bird …
Sonic The Hedgehog
We tend to forget him because he does not really look like the animal that allowed his inspiration, but Sonic is indeed a hedgehog. Ok, it’s blue. Ok, he has red shoes. Ok, he goes super fast, which is not necessarily the case with real hedgehogs. But the fact remains that in fact, Sonic “The Hedgehog” is well inspired by the animal which rolls up in a ball if it senses danger. One of the best games of the 90s, without a doubt, to the point where it was one of the only mascots to succeed in reaching the level of Mario in the customs of the time.