I played Stray in a cat cafe and it was purrfect


Zazu doesn’t want me to play Stray. The adoptable kitten with an impossibly cute mustache climbs into my lap and falls asleep the moment I sit down at Meow Parlor (opens in new tab), a cat cafe in NYC’s Lower East Side. For this past weekend only, Annapurna Interactive and Meow Parlor let people sign up to play Stray in a cat cafe filled with adoptable kittens. Yes, it’s as chaotic and adorable as you’d expect, but it was also a reminder of just how incredibly realistic Stray’s protagonist is.

Stray with strays

Meow Parlor always has a rotating cast of adoptable adult cats and kittens, but we’ve been blessed with an influx of the latter for this event – ​​and they don’t care that I’m there to play Stray for the first time, following the game’s release on July 19 for PS5 and PC. After Zazu falls asleep in my lap, another cat cafe patron shakes a jingly toy and he wakes up with a start, bolting away before I even get a chance to say goodbye. An Annapurna rep hands me a DualSense controller, but I don’t even get a chance to press start before another kitten quickly clambers my lap, dangling his back legs so far off of me I have to cup his little feet in one of my hands to keep him from falling off. This is Charlie, and he loves to sleep, falling into a REM cycle faster than Zazu did.

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