Yet, despite that, I feel like I need some sort of transition between Kanto and the real world. A transition without any battles, but with cute creatures. I know! I'll review a pet care game! Just let me look through my collection... Ah, there it is!
Litter: All that food has to come out somewhere. Thank God at least the game is realistic on this aspect. The litter, placed in the house's bathroom, is very simple. You just have to rub over the small poop in the litter to make it disappear. Once more, my stylus would feel dirty. You can also change the litter after a while. You shouldn't enjoy cleaning the cat's litter, though. Remember that the stylus is treated like your hand in most parts of this game... Yuck.
In addition to all this, you also get an option labeled Extras. You have a number of choices in there, too: Rooms, Shop, Games, Customize, Shows and Friends. Let's look at those as well! I still have about a thousand words to fill!
Rooms: You have the choice between four different rooms to put your cat in: The kitchen, the bathroom, the living room and the backyard. Huh, didn't know the backyard was a room. The 3D environments look nice, they're pretty well rendered, and some touches are nice. As an example, there's an aquarium in the living room, and sometimes your cat might jump on it and try to catch the fish. Bad kitty, no! There's a few more details, as well as a funny or creepy Easter Egg. Bring your kitten in the backyard, and in Love mode, make it walk towards a pedestal. The cat will jump on the pedestal... and DANCE! Oh, the adorable horror! ...He was programmed to do that, he was programmed to do that, he was programmed to do that... On a side-note, the rooms are fully customizable.
Shop: Since all this stuff isn't given to you for free, you need to come here to buy food, litter and toys for your cat. The litter and food are found in the supplies. There's an Accessories shop in which you can buy toys, food and water bowls and baskets with different designs. By the way, if you thought the kitten couldn't feel less like a toy, you can buy clothes and dress it up! There's the normal stuff (collars and tags), but you can also buy hats – the most expensive of which are sold 50 FREAKING in-game DOLLARS –, glasses and comedic NOSES. Oh yeah, I always wanted my kitty to have a toucan beak attached to its nose. Last but not least, you can fully customize your house in the Decoration section, by buying wall designs, floor designs, rug designs, trim designs, fabric designs, wood designs, stone designs, top designs, ceiling designs, print designs, door designs... Holy crap, it's like you can waste a few thousands buying all this! If only you weren't so damn dependent on your cat to get money, you'd have an infinitely customizable house!
Shows: You can also bring your cat to shows! You can make it participate in shows! Basically, when you enter a show, you must pay an entrance fee, and then your cat will face against other cats. Your cat will be judged on how much it loves you, how well-groomed it is, how playful it is, and how well-fed it is. If all four of those have gathered a positive response from the judges, chances are high that you'll win. This is the quickest way to gain a lot of money in this game, aside from the Music mini-game. Though, it IS kind of a boring mode. Also, you can participate only on one show each day.
Last but not least, the Friends option lets you connect with another owner of Purr Pals. The two cats will meet, and you will both see the results. Good idea? Not really... Because, like I said at the beginning, this was in the Cheap Box. Those are the games we're the least proud to announce that we own. Good luck finding someone with this game...
Aaaaand that's it for taking care of your little embodiment of the uncanny vall-er, I mean, your cat. You have all the tools in hand, now all you gotta do is play this game and see if you can survive this cute abomination!
|The worst part? This game got sequels, and the cats are still|
scary! Stare in those soulless eyes!
Final verdict? ...If you have it, don't throw it out, but if you don't and you see it at a cheap store, don't buy it. It's not worth the money. Trust me on that one. Go get some Nintendogs instead, it's way, WAY better. If you really want to buy some product of Uncanny Valley, though, look for a Teddy Ruxpin. And have some sweet dreams.