Snipping for space -- also my prior post isn't that far up.
Thanks for these interesting additions to the list and accurate descriptions. The only game I would exclude to the list is The I of the Dragon
, as dragons are completely fictional creatures and we had decided to exclude them. I might consider creating a separate list for games with dragons.
This also makes me think about the inclusion of the various animal fantasy races: so far I've included them because they could be considered anthropomorphized animals, but in fact they are different and peculiar species, with their own history and evolution, compared for example to Donald Duck, who even if he's humanized, is still officially a duck.
Tell me all what you think!
My thought is that when you're looking for games that feature a specific type of animal, you might not care if it is a fantasy race, space alien, anthropomorphized animal or just that animal specifically behaving as it naturally would. You're just looking for more of whatever that animal is. Instead of excluding, I would add categories.
For example - When I'm looking for more games that feature cats, I'm not going to tell myself that the Mrrshan from Master of Orion and Kilrathi from Wing Commander don't count as they're technically cat-based races of space aliens. I'm also not in favor of excluding Lands of Lore on the basis that the Huline are a fantasy race thus technically not cats either. It doesn't bother me that Kitteh in Gibbous has been downgraded from cat awesomeness to a talking abomination such that she might not be an actual cat anymore. https://masteroforion.fandom.com/wiki/Mrrshan https://wingcommander.fandom.com/wiki/Kilrathi https://lands-of-lore.fandom.com/wiki/Huline
Kitty in Divine Divinity makes me happy, even though this is only one of two cats total in the game you can actually interact with because most are just NPCs that do completely normal cat things like running around chasing rats. It's just more cat goodness. Oh and for the dog folks, there's dogs running around doing dog stuff and barking.
Because if the Mrrshan, Kilrathi, Huline and Gibbous's Kitteh are all not cat enough, what does this say about games like Cat Quest, Inspector Waffles, and Kitaria Fables where cats are anthropomorphized to the point of doing all sorts of human stuff and do not behave like cats at all. Are they really cats or just fantasy races that look like cats? (Actually the cats of Cat Quest really are cats still but explaining this is major spoilers but without this info, they may seem like they're cat in appearance only.)
I would include dragons because even though they are a legendary creature, they're still just giant reptilian animals even when they are supernatural enough to be able to communicate with us. It's no different than how wizards (in most fantasy settings) don't stop being human just because they can cast magic missile.
Where I would exclude legendary creatures and non-human races is where they could not be considered properly animal based. Mermaids may be half-fish and live in water, but also look half-human enough to say that they're not based on animals. Likewise if another Master of Orion game was released that takes place exclusively on the Psilon homeworld and didn't feature other races, it wouldn't belong on this list as the Psilon themselves are not animal-based. https://masteroforion.fandom.com/wiki/Psilon
This is just my opinion though. :)