“ Genre: Simulation / Publisher: Activision / Platform(s): Windows / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Media: CD-ROM „
Having gotten some pennies for Christmas, my daughter decided that she wanted to buy herself some new games for her PC. Being 6 1/2 at the time, she was still wise enough about money to know to shop around. So it was that we ended up at Game, where she convinced her 4 year old brother to pool his £5 with her £5 so they could get three games for £10 instead of just 1 for £5 each. The deal was, he got to pick one, she got to pick one, and then they picked the third one together. This was the title she picked on her own, as she has wanted a puppy for some time, but its just not feasible for us on many levels.
On the surface, PuppyLuv looks great. Having played My Little Pony: Friendship Gardens, she had certain expectations about how the game would work, and those have pretty well much been met. You select a breed from a page, name your puppy, and then begin to train and play with him. The training is for things like learning to sit and so on. Playtime is when you take him to the one of the nearby parks and enjoy a good romp by playing catch, and you can also groom your dog. It's also important to feed and reward your little fur bundle and if not cared for properly, your pup WILL get depressed. Nobody wants that, so keep an eye on your indicators to see what he needs! As time passes, your money levels will go up. This is basically your allowance for taking care of your puppy, and is used to buy food, water, kennels, toys, and other supplies for your dog. The game is open ended, so once trained, you just keep on doing the same things for your dog over and over again, so it gets rather repetitive. Luckily , you can go back to the main screen and select a new puppy, and get to do the training with that one.
Besides the open ended repetitiveness of the game, there are other limitations. The game installs from the disc straight onto the PC, so no disc is needed afterwards to play. As you might expect, this means that the game file itself is not very big, so that the game has several limitations. The first limitation we have already mentioned, that the game is simple and very repetitive. The second limitation is that you can only create four puppies ever, and then have to delete one to play another. There are no separate areas so that if a second person logs onto the game, they get their own puppy, they have to play the ones the first player has created if all four puppy slots are taken, or delete a puppy from the play list. As you can imagine, this elicited howls from my two young ones, as they did not wish to "kill" any puppies!
The graphics themselves are pretty to look at, but nothing overly special. While the puppies are detailed, backgrounds are very basic as is the interface, though the game's AI responds well to the keyboard and mouse commands. The interface is simple enough that my four year old found it easy to play from the moment he sat down, as did my six year old daughter. While the game is simplistic, the cute puppies enchanted them long enough that the game was heavily played for about 6 weeks, but has rarely been off the shelf since. Because of the lack of long play, I am going to knock off another star from the rating, as for the original price of £5 (though Game sold it on the after Christmas offer as 3 for £10), there are simply better games out there. They selected the original Zoo Tycoon game as part of their 3 for £10 deal, and it is still being played on a weekly basis by the both of them, for example. So while its a nice short term distraction, I would only get it as the "free" game in a similar deal, or choose another game..A much better version of the idea can be found at MostFun.com and downloaded for free, I Love Puppies, so if you really DO want this sort of thing, it's another option.
I got this for my nephew who is 5 years old hes been asking for a puppy of his own recently but the live in an upstairs flat so its not really viable at the moment.
He doesnt usually have a great attention span and his mum was finding it difficult as she also has another little baby (18 months). I tought if he had something he could sit and play on an she knew he was safe, she would have time to put the baby down for a nap or a feed and he would be playing quietly so it wouldnt disturb the baby. The reason i say that is he seems to have a thing for playing with little cars, however they have wooden floors sso the sound can be awful when the little one is trying to sleep.
He really enjoys this game, looking after the puppies, and tryig to get enough money to buy essentials such as kennels, food, leads, toys, water, ect.
Id recommend this game for others with young children, theyll be playing it for hours if theyre allowed!
Your new Puppy Luv dog is the perfect pet, no need to run out side in the rain to take him out, he wont break anything or even leave you a little surprise. You Puppy Luv pet will be your new best friend. Spend time with him and teach him new tricks, you can even enter him into Frisbee competitions. Youll fall in love with him every time you turn on your computer!