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Author Topic: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?  (Read 10217 times)

wreckedcarzz

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Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« on: August 07, 2008, 01:30:49 PM »
My little sister is a pet lover. Major. You have never seen someone so dedicated before that wasn't the crazy cat lady.

However, yesterday my sister's pet (dwarf) hampster Rose (the 2nd... shh..) met her demise. We buried her with a small popsicle stick with her name and date of death, however both I and her cried (yes, I cried) over it. Today she is going out to get a new hampster. But everyone is afraid that this one will die soon as well (2 year expected lifespan) and we know that it will be tragic to her again.

So I figured, although nothing from the real thing, it would be nice to find her a pet simulation game (when I say simulation, not like the Sims (see below), but just enough to be as if it was a normal pet: food, water, and play). She has "Petz 5" (Dogz 5 + Catz 5 = Petz 5), however the game is about as boring to her as Runescape is to most of the world. The Sims 2 Pets works, but she plays with the animals and ignores the Sims. So it is constant death -> new family creation -> play -> repeat. Not very fun.

I have 2 or 3 other similar games, but all follow the same general scenario. So I am looking to you guys to see if anyone has found or knows about such a game.

Ideas?

-Brandon

EDIT: I should point out that she has mental issues, and therefore anything she uses cannot be overly complicated (surprisingly enough, she can run Windows and play The Sims 2 with ease, but new programs/games take her a while to get used to).
« Last Edit: August 07, 2008, 01:34:16 PM by wreckedcarzz »

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2008, 01:37:15 PM »
This is a nice question (and a sweet story Brandon).  I'm curious what if anything people can recommend.

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2008, 03:01:38 PM »
Nintendogs.

Your dog is always a cute little puppy. Never grows up and becomes a boring adult dog!
Your dog never dies, even if you forget to turn on the game for 3 months.
This might sound stupid, but it actually feels like you're petting the dog when you use the stylus.
You can play ball, throw frisbee, enter obstacle course tournaments, bathe, feed, walk the dog, and more.
You can have up to 3 dogs at a time.
You can teach the dog tricks and with enough training the dog will respond to your voice and perform tricks from voice commands.
You can go to the park and meet other dogs.

It is by far the best pet simulation game I've ever played. And all the Catz and Dogz and Ponyz and [Animal]z games are other people trying to recreate Nintendogs because of how successful it has been.


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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2008, 03:56:28 PM »
Might have to talk my parents into getting her a DS then for Christmas. She's been after a DS/PSP for a while now as it is.

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2008, 05:38:29 PM »
it sounds like that might be perfect for her.

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2008, 05:46:57 PM »
www.neopets.com/

My wife used to play that for about a year.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2008, 05:53:26 PM by Josh »

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2008, 06:11:04 PM »
How about webkinz? You buy the cute and cuddly stuffed animal and then interact with its electronic counterpart on-line. You have to feed it, buy it things, and make money to support it!

webkinz

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2008, 12:06:55 AM »
I was a NeoPets player once... back during the days when I played Runescape as a member (4 years ago or so). Forgot all about it.

Webkinz looks pretty cool - but she has so many stuffed animals already that her bed has to be diagonal in a corner to put all the animals behind it. They go above the mattress (at least 3 feet tall). (1.5'x1.5'x3' of animals). But you never know...

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2008, 02:05:29 PM »
Not a game but the charm of this seems infectious...
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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2008, 02:15:28 PM »
That's a great video.

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2008, 12:01:27 AM »
Brandon, haven't you ever watched Trailer Park Boys? Tell her to get a bubble maker or just a bottle that makes bubbles. They'll go nuts over them!

http://www.thecatcon...om/Bubble-Kitty.html


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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2008, 09:39:14 PM »
Brandon, haven't you ever watched Trailer Park Boys? Tell her to get a bubble maker or just a bottle that makes bubbles. They'll go nuts over them!

http://www.thecatcon...om/Bubble-Kitty.html


;D cool way to get your cat to play with you. Too bad my mom is allergic to them :(

Might make a good Xmas gift for a friend though :)

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2008, 10:31:42 AM »
Dear Pet Lover,
The best game to play with puppies is "Run and Hide".  You catch them off guard and then hide.  Peek around the corner and when the puppy is near, make a small noise that will attract the pet and find you.  Always make a scene about how wonderful it was that  they found you.  Once or twice a day, and the pet will start hiding for you to find.  Trust me, it works.  Get your partner involved and hold the pet while you hide and tell the pet to go find you.  It really is a lot of fun.  Or hide a toy, and get him to find it.  Always reward your pet with gratitude and praise. If at first they have trouble find you or the toy, help them out.  They'll quickly catch on and will be bringing you things to hide.  Enjoy your games.

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2008, 10:45:10 AM »
Have you seen this site? Links to lots of virtual pet games.

http://www.virtualpe...m/vp/links/links.htm

Virtual camel anyone?

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2008, 11:15:59 AM »
Nice find timns!

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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2008, 12:17:23 PM »
animal crossing
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Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game?
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2008, 12:54:12 PM »
animal crossing

Animal Crossing is a good game with which you can easily find yourself playing it every day for at least 5-15 minutes for a year or two since there's no way to "beat" the game, but I wouldn't exactly call it a pet simulator/pet game. All the animals speak and wear clothes and walk upright and have houses, etc. Basically just like humans except they're animals.