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Nintendogs and cats 3DS - The game which gives you the chance of owning an adorable, life like puppy or kitten without having to put much effort in. Of course it's not as rewarding or stimulating as owning an actual pet but it's the closest you can get.
The game comes in 3 different versions, French Bulldog, Toy Poodle and Golden Retriever. Depending on which version you buy determines which 9 starter breeds are available to you. I went for the French Bulldog where you can choose from:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
All of the breeds are available to you as you progress through the game so it doesn't matter too much. There are also three different types of cat available to you on each game and these come in a variety of colours and styles. When you first go to pick your starting dog you are presented with three excited puppies jumping up at the screen and it's hard to pick between them but they vary in colour and personality. Once you pick your dog you get to take him/her home, give her a name using the microphone feature ( This can be a bit annoying as you have to say the name in the same voice three times ) and start teaching them tricks, the tricks are easy to teach and you can reward your dog with treats to encourage and reward them.
After the initial introduction to your dog you can start taking them for walks and enter competitions.
If you have played on the original Nintendogs you probably remember that to take your dog for walks you mapped out a route and this got longer the more you played. This has changed in the 3DS version, you just walk in a straight like and the freedom has gone a bit but it's still fun and your dog still finds you presents and you have to stop it eating garbage etc. There are also different scenes such as town, mountain and seaside which have different features about them. You also have the option to shut the DS into sleep mode and if you walk it will take your dog for a walk, when you open it back up you will find that your dog has collected different presents for you.
There are three different competitions available to you:
Lure Contest: You have to reel a squeaky lure at the correct pace to A: Make sure you dog doesn't pounce on the lure and B: Make sure they don't lose sight of the Lure and get bored. This gets harder the more you progress and you can practice in the Gym.
Disc Competition: You throw a flying disc for your dog to catch and depending on which zone it catches it in determines how many points you are awarded. Again this requires practice in the park.
Obedience Trials: As your dog learns various tricks you can show these off in the obedience trial which requires use of the AR cards you get with the console. This can me a bit irritating as you have to make sure you hold the console still and at the right distance.
You can only enter each competition twice a day and teach your dog 3 tricks per day, you may think this makes the game limiting but in some ways it makes the game last longer as you want to keep entering the competitions day after day to improve and earn extra money.
The competitions let you earn money which then allows you to buy treats, food, furniture and extra pets. You can have 6 pet's altogether, three which you interact with and 3 in the hotel.
Overall, even though I'm 19 and usually prefer platform and action games I have really enjoyed playing and training my little puppy on screen and it makes a nice break from intense games. Obviously this game is aimed at children and I feel it would give them a sense of responsibility as well as some fun and if your child has been begging for a pet maybe buy this for them to quiet them down for a bit.