It's a simple game, really. You have a little yellow pet chick, which you name and accessorize. You can feed him, give him a bath, and as you take care of him, unlock more things to do with him, like play ball, video games, or take him cycling. Very lighthearted fun....Or is it?
A mobile version of the game is available, along with sequels and spin-offs, like Can Your Lemon and Can Your Pet: Returns.
This game provides examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Food: The lemon in Can Your Lemon.
- Black Comedy: Pretty much the main reason the game exists.
- Blatant Lies: The original game's description states "There will be great messages at the end of the game". What you actually get probably wouldn't be considered "great".
- Cruelty Is the Only Option: The only way to "win" the original game is to click on the "bicycle" and shred and can your pet.
- Cruel Twist Ending: Clicking on the bicycle results in it turning out to be shredders, which chop up your pet and stuff them in a tin can.
- Disguised Horror Story: It may seem like a cute, simple, and fun pet simulator game, but whatever you do, don't click on the "bicycle"…
- Double-Meaning Title: The game is titled Can Your Pet?, as if asking what your pet can do. It's actually asking if you want to can your pet (kill them and stuff their remains in a can).
- Downer Ending: The game ends with your pet chick getting killed and stuffed in a can.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In Can Your Pet: Returns, once you earn enough cans, you can choose to let your pet escape and survive.
- Feghoot: The entire game is incredibly short, and it all leads up to the dark punchline in which your pet is, indeed, canned.
- Idle Game: Can Your Pet: Returns becomes this once you upgrade enough times.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: The games' text and descriptions in the App Store are deliberately written in broken English.
- Lighter and Softer: Can Your Pet: Returns tones down the blood and gore from the original game and includes an alternate happy end, though the black comedy and implications remain.
- New Game Plus: Restarting the game after completing it once updates the title screen to show a bloody and traumatized chick instead of a cute and happy one and adds an additional item to the room, the can of your previous pet.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The little chick.
- Stealth Pun: The game's title. It actually means killing your pet and stuffing its remains into a tin can.
- Surprisingly Creepy Moment: The game, on the surface, appears like a simple, lighthearted children's pet simulator, but pushing the last option kills and shreds your pet.
- Video Game Caring Potential: You can play ball with your pet, give him food, give him a bath or, you know, not click on the "bicycle".
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can choose to push the "bicycle" button, which drops the chick into a pair of buzzsaws, before stuffing what's left into a tin can.
- Virtual Pet: The little pet chick in the original game, and the lemon in Can Your Lemon.