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Puppy Luv

Rating: 4/5
Platform: PC, Wii, Nintendo DS
Graphics: 4/5
Gameplay Description: Puppy Luv is a virtual puppy game that simulates the process of raising a real puppy. You have to balance out your puppy's needs between six factors: hunger, thirst, bladder, fatigue, hygiene, and bravery. Different activities will take care of the puppies needs. You need to feed your puppy, give him water, brush him and give him baths with shampoo.

You can take your virtual puppy for walks, go to various parks, and teach the puppy tricks and commands. There is a pet store where you can buy items for your puppy – everything you can think of including training treats, dog food, balls, tug ropes, Frisbees, cushions and dog houses. You can compete in games to earn more money to spend at the pet shop. The competitions are either Frisbee catching or obedience trials, and there are different levels of difficulty.

This game can keep you entertained for a while, as there are quite a few tricks to teach your puppy and it’s fun to try to beat your best scores in the competition. Also, as you play and try new things with your puppy, you will unlock new items, such as toys and treats. It’s a game which can appeal to puppy lovers of all ages, but I'd particularly recommend it if you are considering buying a puppy and you want to give your kids an idea of the responsibilities involved.

Jack Russells available in the game? No.


Rating: 4.5/5
Platform: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Graphics: 4.5/5
Gameplay Description: This is the ultimate virtual puppy game. It's a complete virtual dog simulation. It's one of the most popular games available for the Nintendo DS and it's certainly superior to other puppy DS games. It's the best and most complete virtual puppy simulation game in existence. It includes everything that's in Puppy Luv, and more, and it does it better.

This game uses the microphone in the DS to allow you to actually talk to your dog. You give your puppy a name and teach it to follow commands from your real voice. The rest of the game is played via the touch screen, giving a very interactive experience.

The graphics and the movements of the dog are much more realistic and detailed than Puppy Luv. You have a lot more flexibility and variety in what you can do with the dog in this game: you can buy clothes for it, like hats and sunglasses, and there's a greater variety of toys - even a mini helicopter! The training you can do with your dog is also much more in-depth than in Puppy Luv. The puppies available have their own distinct personalities.

One of the coolest features of the game is Bark Mode. This mode lets you actually introduce your dog to other players' virtual puppies to let them play together.

You can take your dog for walks, go to the park, and go to training places. Like Puppy Luv, you take part in competitions to win money.

Like Puppy Luv, I consider this an excellent "training run" for kids before bringing a real living dog into your home. You have to take care of your Nintendog - if you don't, it will start to misbehave, just like a real dog. It's the most realistic reflection of a real dog's behavior and care requirements. The game even incorporates rest time - you can't overwork or overexcite your virtual dog. Highly recommended for all ages. Amongst puppy care games, this is unrivalled.

Jack Russells available in the game? Yes.

I Love Puppies

Rating: 3/5
Platform: PC
Publisher: Tri Synergy
Graphics: 3.5/5
Gameplay Description: Although it’s similar in some ways to Puppy Luv and Nintendogs, I Love Puppies is a different breed of virtual puppy game. It's not a puppy simulator. It’s more of a collection of mini-puzzle games centered around puppies. The mini games are divided into three categories: Training, Care, and Fun & Games. There is also a fourth section called the Treasure Chest with items you can unlock by winning the other games.

This game is more suitable for children than puppy love. I think any child over the age of 10 or 11 will get bored with this quite quickly. The mini-games are very simple and would only provide a challenge and educational boost to children in the 4 to 8 year age bracket.

The game I found most amusing in the Training section was the Frisbee game. There are rows of hedges, each with a puppy hiding behind it. The puppies pop out from behind the hedges and it’s your job to throw them a well-timed Frisbee for them to catch before they disappear again. You have to get the highest score possible before the time runs out.

In the Care section, there’s a game called Fleas. This is a “defend the puppy” style mini-game where fleas attack from all edges of the screen, moving into the middle to attack your puppy. You have to defend him by blasting them before they get to him.

The Fun & Games section has a game called Food Paradise. In this game your have to help guide a dog as he swings along a series of hanging sausages. This actually takes quite a bit of coordination.

Overall, I would not recommend this game to someone looking for a virtual puppy game. It is more for young children who like puppies and want to play simple games based around them.

Jack Russells available in the game? No.

Petz: Dogz 2 (PC, Wii, PS2)

Rating: 4/5
Platform: Wii, PC, PS2
Publisher: Ubisoft
Graphics: 2.5/5
Gameplay Description: This game provides yet another take on the virtual puppy game genre. Again, this isn't a puppy simulation game. It's more of a role-playing game where you play as a puppy. The story centres around an evil wolf with a magic hat who has turned all the wild animals in your puppy's world crazy.

You have to guide your puppy through various quests in order to restore order to the world. If you like role-playing games - games with a storyline - then this game may be worth playing. But again, it's not a puppy simulation game in the sense that you can feed, train and play with the puppy.

This game will also give you much longer game time and more replay value than the games reviewed above. There's simply more to do.

Jack Russells available in the game? No.

Petz: Dogz 2 (DS)

Rating: 2.5/5
Platform: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Ubisoft
Graphics: 2.5/5
Gameplay Description: Again, this is not so much of an actual puppy simulation game. The DS version of this game is somewhat different from the versions for other platforms. It's also a collection of mini-games, mostly in a card game or board game style. They are based around traditional, well known card games and memory games. You play these little games to win new items to dress up your puppy and your house.

There's not much that's stunning or innovative about this virtual puppy game - it's simply some classic game elements put together with some cute puppies in the mix. As with I Love Puppies this is probably better suited to a younger audience. I'd recommend it for kids in the 5 to 12 age range.

If you want an actual pet simulation game, this isn't the right game for you. You're much better off with Puppy Luv or Nintendogs. This game is not very impressive compared to other puppy DS games and puppy care games such as those in the Nintendogs series.

Jack Russells available in the game? No.


So, if you're looking for a virtual puppy game which is a realistic puppy simulation, Nintendogs is the best game on the market, with Puppy Luv being the best that isn't limited to the Nintendo DS. The other virtual puppy games reviewed here are for kids and people interested in puzzle and adventure games involving puppies.

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