When Nintendogs was first released back in 2005, Nintendo really did strike gold. The Nintendo DS was and still is a tremendous system. Some games played to the system's strengths perfectly and this is one of those games. It is a perfect example of what a handheld game should be and even though this is the first game in the series it still holds up pretty well to this day.
Who's A Good Boy?
When you start playing the game, you are given a choice of a few different breeds of dogs to pick from. I went for the lab, but the others such as the corgi look super cute too. While the later games look better. I was surprised at how good the dogs in this game look after all these years.
Once you pick your new friend, Nintendogs really gets started. You get to name your dog and you do this with your actual voice. This sounds cool, but the original model DS that I used had a hard time picking up my voice. Once you do this, you are ready to start your life with your new friend.
Go For A Sim Walk
Over the years I have spent a ton of time with this game. One of the most interesting things about it is that there is not really an ending to the game. Ok, so you will be entering your dog in competitions. However, the game never really ends. You need to walk your dog, feed it, groom it, and so on. But you also need to take it for walks, train it in various ways and make sure it is as happy as can be. It is a very addicting game and the kind of thing that once you start playing it. You will not want to stop as you start to build up a bond with your pooch pal.
Touch And Feel
As this was a game released early in the DS’s life. Nintendogs makes full use of what the DS was all about. I already mentioned the microphone. When I played this many years ago, I had no trouble, but you certainly need to make sure you speak slowly and clearly. The game also makes use of the touch screen. This is used for petting your dog, grooming it, feeding it, and even drawing out a route for when you go on a walk. If you are the kind of person who gets annoyed when the DS pushes the touch screen and voice stuff on you, this may not be for you.
While I feel that the later games in the Nintendogs series offer far more. There is still a ton of charm and personality to this first entry in the series. The selection of dogs is fine and you have a lot of ways for you to bond with them. It is the kind of game that is perfect to play when you need something that will help you relax.
- The game just oozes charm
- A nice number of dogs to select from
- Plenty of activity to do with your four-legged pal
- The game has aged surprisingly well in the visual department
- Makes good use of the touch screen
- The later Nintendogs offer more
- The voice-activated stuff can be annoying
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
OK, I'll admit it, I have been playing Nintendogs for a while now, longer then I would like to admit. But there is just something so darn addictive about playing this game. For starters, Nintendogs has got to be one of the most original games I have ever played, and to be honest with you, it could not be played on any other system.
Using all of the tricks that the Nintendo DS features, players are given a selection of puppies and must choose which breed they would like to play with. Starting off, there are many different breeds and three puppies in each breed. Each puppy has a personality that will make things easy or more of a challenge.
Using the stylus, you must bond with your four footed friend and pet it repeatedly in order to gain trust. This is a constant as you rub the touch pad and find all those places on a puppy that need to be scratched or rubbed. When you make your little dog happy little stars will appear as if to indicate total happiness. Following up with the microphone on the DS, you must name your dog and repeat it many times in order for the dog to learn its name. The same will be done as you work with your puppy on tricks and commands. Once you and your puppy friend have achieved master/dog Nirvana, you can go out and explore the world, playing in the park and going various places.
This is the prettiest game the DS has put out so far. The different dog fur has a smooth appearance and you would swear you can actually see how soft their little fur is. The puppies look great and therefore the game looks great too. The little noises the puppies make are very endearing and I'm sure the programmers must have followed real dogs all over the place in order to achieve the level of realism this game has.
What's even cooler is if you are playing Nintendogs and are on the go and you get within range of someone else playing Nintendogs, your DS will yip and bark at you as if to mimic what a dog would do when it sees another dog. There you can have your pup play with that person's pup and new items including other breeds of dogs can be unlocked.
As addictive a game you will ever play Nintendogs is easily one of the most addictive and wholly original games ever made. If you own a DS then this my friend, is the title to have.