Pokemon has been at the root of most peoples early childhood and even later on in life. Some feel ashamed to have once been a part of this huge phenomenon but others still embrace it today. After much tension and debate over Nintendo porting over a Pokemon game to iOS they still remain stubborn and adamant to not let that happen. Fortunately Puppysauraus, a game that plays similar to Pokemon has been released, but it is not the type of experience most imagined.
From the first time you open up the game you realize that it is marketed towards the younger market. The graphics are cutesy, the colors are vibrant and the creatures names are no where near threatening. I remember my first thought being, I hope my friends don’t see me playing this. But the game has turned into something of a guilty pleasure with me and some of my fond memories of playing Pokemon have been brought back to life.
You start off by being asked if you are a boy, girl or robot. Then you get to choose your skin color and then are off on your journey. You receive your first Twee, which is the equivalent of a Pokemon and are briefed on the history of the game and why you are venturing out on your quest to stop/collect the Twees. Shortly thereafter you initiate your first battle.
The battle system is quite unusual to say the least. You can have up to 3 Twees on the battlefield at one time and can not switch others in its place if one retreats. Then you get to choose what move your Twee performs on its opponent. There are many different attacks like “Bap”, “Tag”, and Freeze all of which correspond with a cute little animation of your character doing that to the other Twee. Needless to say as this is a kids game, none of the creatures get harmed and the attacks are done in good fun which is where the over cutesy nature really struck me cold. Then you can try to catch wild Twee which appear randomly across the map. To catch a Twee you don’t use a Ball or kind of catching mechanism. You make them your friends by performing specialty moves like “Nuzzle”, “Dance” and others to make their love meter fill up and thus join your team of Twee. To initiate one of these battles you have to run into a sparkly portal found randomly around the wild area you are in. If you clear an area of all the Twees you get a special reward. You control your character with the aid of a joystick which feels fairly responsive. From a menu you can change your Twee Team, tweak the settings, and check your teams stats. When you want to quit all you have to do is exit out of the app and it will save exactly where you were when you left. Included with the game is the ability to upload your own drawings into the Twee world for others to catch and battle. All you need is any drawing app like Doodle Buddy or Sketchbook and your ready to draw!
The music is amazing and really gives the game an epic soundtrack. The sound effects are a little annoying in battle but I got used to it after a few matches. Visuals are as mentioned before, geared towards kids and are very pastel colored in nature. In-game Menus on the other hand leave a little to be desired. The standby Twee menu utilizes the basic blue and white list menu which does not correspond with the mood the game has set. My only other complaint is that I would like to see a clothes and hair shop where you can change the look of your character and thus personalize your experience.
Overall if your into Pokemon or just want to be a kid again then this is the game for you. Just don’t let your friends see you playing it! I give it a 4.5/5.
Itunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/puppysaurus/id432228575?mt=8