IF you'd like to play host to 40 cats, but don't have the money or space to do so, don't fret. You can host them all in your backyard in a free Japanese game called Neko Atsume (cat collecting) for Android phones and the Apple iPhone.
The game is only available in Japanese, but don't worry—it's really easy to learn, and there are English-language guides online too.
The game begins with an empty backyard. You need to buy and lay out some food and toys to draw the cats to you.
At the top of your home screen, tap the paw on the top left corner to get the main menu with nine icons arranged in three rows.
The first icon on the top row gives you access to a diary that shows you the cats that have visited. The next one is a shopping basket that takes you to the store where you can buy goodies. The last icon on the top row is an inventory of your items. A stamp means they are in use.
The second row shows a camera for taking photos of your visitors, the middle button to take you back to your backyard and the sardine button to collect any sardines your friend may have left.
In the last row, you'll find the settings (volume for background music and game sounds), news, and help (which are both in Japanese, of course).
You can tap the bowl to refill food. There are different types of food; the more expensive ones will attract more exotic cats.
Tap on a visitor to see his or her profile. Their names are in Japanese but you can rename them anything you want. Take photos of them and include these in the profiles as well. “Collect” visitors until you have filled up your album.
The game is casual and does not require your full attention. Pop into it once in a while to check for new visitors or to collect sardines and buy new goodies. It's quite simple but surprisingly addictive.
A detailed English how-to can be found here: https://welcometowonderland.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/how-to-play-neko-atsume/