When my older children were little, portable gaming was all about the Nintendo DS and the PSP.
One of their favourite games was Nintendogs and Cats which allowed the player to get their own pet, look after it as well as to use various items that can be found or purchased.
Now it’s time for Isaac, Eliza and Sebby to meet their new best friend! Indie game publisher Sold Out brings virtual pet simulator Little Friends: Dogs & Cats to the UK exclusively on Nintendo Switch™.
The game begins in the Friends Plaza where you have the pleasure of choosing your very first companion from a variety of puppies and kittens. There you can choose your top 3 and final narrow down your choice of the ideal pet for you.
The game helps you get to know their personalities, feed them their favourite food, play with them using their favourite new toy, or take your puppy out for walks and compete in the flying disc tournament. Walks task you with finding spots for your dog to mark and digging up treasure spots indicated by balloon bundles.
You can also dress them up in over 600 stylish accessories to make them look their best.
There are 6 breeds of puppy and 3 cute kittens, including Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd and French Bulldog to choose from and with lifelike animations, you can give your new friend a name, care for them and develop a bond with them using the Nintendo Switch screen to pet them, take them for walks and play with them – meet our friend, Bolt.
The best thing about the game is, as you progress and get know your animal, it opens up the chance to get more animals so you can play with up to three pets at the same time, or use the hotel to keep up to 12 furry friends. All the pets have different personalities, likes and dislikes, so you have to get to know them all to be able to complete the tasks.
Look after them anytime, anywhere! Take care of your cats and dogs on the go, or put the console in the dock to continue playing on the TV.
For us, the game works better being played on the handheld unit, as you need to use the touchscreen to pet the animals and our only negative feedback on the game is that the music can get a bit trying, with accordion tunes playing constantly.
Disclaimer: We were sent Little Friends Dogs and Cats to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.