Monday, 16 May 2011

Nintendogs and Cats review

Nintendogs are back! The adorable little virtual pets have been brought back, this time in 3D. They also have some feline friends this time. Was it worth remaking or is it too similar to warrant a purchase?

The core gameplay is basically the same. Feed, water, play with and care for your dogs and cats. There are quite a few differences though, which make the game a lot more interesting than the original. The obvious addition is the option to buy cats. Definitely broadens the audience of the game, without losing the dog fans. The graphics are actually quite impressive, the animals have good looking fur, your house and the town look great and the 3D effect works well. Your little doggy in 3D is oh so cute. You can also utilise the Augmented Reality cards to bring your virtual pet into the real life, and you can even make your dog perform any tricks that it has learned whilst on the AR card. It's a great feature as you can snap a picture of yourself with your pet, which will definitely make the kids happy.

It's hard not to fall in love with your virtual pet

Taking your pet for a walk is very different this time round, but in a good way. No longer do you plot the route, you just set out to the street and it's the luck of the draw as to what you'll get. Walking is a great way for your pet to make friends, to find hidden items and to take your dog to one of the training courses. Instead of the side view of the original, the street instead stretches right in front of you, and is pretty wide. It really uses the 3D well and the graphics look great. As well as the town, there is also the mountain path which also looks nice and is much quieter and a more natural environment, a beach which is great for practicing the disc throw, and there is also a gym, park, cafe and many shops. It's a much more realistic world than the original game, and it definitely helps in keeping your interest.

The graphics of the game are great. The fur looks amazing on the pets, and the environments all look decent, and more importantly everywhere doesn't look the same. There is also a wide selection of dogs on each version of the game, though the cat selection is considerably smaller. It's a shame, but it is primarily a dog sim after all.

The cats are a great new addition

If you enjoyed the original games, there is no reason for you to miss this. Everything about it has been improved, and the 3D and augmented reality features just make it even better. You'll get sucked into the world of the Nintendog and you won't want to leave.

8/10

by Louis Gardner

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