Review by level12wizard
"A must buy for any DS owner."
When I first saw this game and played the demo, I was disappointed. To me, at first glance, it just looked like a rip-off of Dogz: Your Virtual Pet. But after reading up on it seeing pictures, and playing the game, I must say it is fantastic.
The dogs look great! Everything else looks very SimCopterish, but thats understandable considering the DS's hardware. The dogs though, I was shocked by how good they look.
The gameplay is what really shines. The dogs act like real dogs, nice programming Nintendo! You can do a wide variety of things, from playing fetch, walking around town, entering contests and so on. The only thing I hate is the limitations. You can only enter three contests a day, learn four tricks a day and go on walks every thirty minutes. But I can live with all of those. I just wish there weren't as many limitations, or that there was a difference between Earth days and Nintendog days.
From the upbeat tunes, to all the little barks, yips and growls, Nintendogs has a great mixture of music and sound effects.
This game has a lot of replayability, except that if you play it a second time, you would know all the secrets that make this game surprising and fun. But with all the unlockables, it will be a long, long time before you would want to start over.
Wow, this game makes great use of the built in mic. You can call your dogs name, teach him voice commands for tricks, and even blow bubbles through the mic with a bubble blower. That's right, blow bubbles. Genius.
Touch Screen use: 9.5/10
Nintendogs uses the touch screen very well, from selecting items, petting your dog, tapping poop to scoop it up and even guiding the dog on a walk. You can throw toys (including flying discs) and even move the stylus a certain to teach them tricks. But it doesn't go unexplained either. You are provided with a few books in the beginning that teach you all the basics you need to know. However it can occasionally get glitchy. Although rare and not too big of a glitch, it can be irritating.
This would be a perfect ten, had it not had such limited things for training and contests, and maybe a wider vareity of items. Nintendogs 2 anybody?
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 08/29/05
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