Puppies World 3D – Review

Title: Puppies World 3D

Genre: Pet Sim

System: 3DS

Developer: MTO Co.

Publisher: Ubisoft

Okay, I confess, when I opened up my parcel from Ubisoft and saw the box art of Puppies World 3D staring cutely back at me, I did not have high hopes. None at all. I had already decided in my mind that it was merely a Nintendogs clone and nothing more. How wrong I was. This isn’t merely a pet simulator, Puppies World 3D provides not only cute little dogs to spoil rotten, but motivation to keep playing, such as lots of challenges and mini-games.

Now I’m not saying that everyone is going to love this, but if you’re out looking for a birthday present for a little girl, you can’t really go wrong with this one. So let see how it matches up to Miyamoto’s creation, Nintendogs

Puppies World 3D provides 12 different breeds of puppies to adopt and lavish with virtual attention. The breeds are as follows; Beagles, Miniature Dachshunds, German Sheperds, Huskies, Labrador Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, French Bulldogs, Toy Poodles, Boxers, Shibas, Pugs and Golden Retrievers. While the look of the fur, animation and mannerisms are of higher quality in Nintendogs, your new four-legged friends are still very cute and loveable none the less. Nintendogs completely blew us away with their lifelike puppies on last year’s Nintendogs + Cats, and unfortunately MTO Co. didn’t quite capture the interactions of the dogs to the same degree, neither indoors when playing with toys or outdoors when you meet other puppies on walks.

However, there are many instances in which Puppies World 3D excels in, for example the soundtrack for the game is very calm and relaxing, although not extremely memorable. MTO Co. have also scrapped the element I disliked the most in Nintendogs – voice recognition. The embarrassment of repeatedly exclaiming, “MAXWELL!!! SIT!!! MAXWELL!! PAW!! ROLL OVER, MAXWELL!!” on the bus will never escape me. That confused expression on your puppy’s face when, for some unknown reason, the game couldn’t recognise ‘play dead’ is no more, as MTO Co. have replaced Nintendog’s voice demands with cute (yet incredibly easy) little mini-games for learning tricks. Much better.

The main attraction to Puppies World 3D over Nintendogs is the interesting additions to the gameplay. The game provides you with a list of goals to achieve, such as winning competitions, and performing certain actions, providing you with motivation to keep playing. It also depicts to you in percentage form how much content of the game there is still to go, which is always nice. For example, after completing all basic activities the game alerted me that I had played through 25% of all challenges.

Another nice little addition is that Puppies World 3D paces your gameplay, as not everything is available to you from the get-go. The ‘world-map’ is cornered off so that you can only access the top left quarter, nearest your house. The more you play, and the more challenges you complete, the more the map opens up, allowing you to go to new shops, cafes, parks and meet new characters in the game. The characters you meet on walks are also more memorable than in Nintendogs, as you feel like you actually belong to a neighbourhood, developing relationships with people and their dogs the more you play. I for one much prefer this over Nintendogs’ Miis that you meet on walks, who are all randomised, and essentially character-less.

Puppies World 3D also incorporates 3DS functionality, such as AR cards, Street Pass, 3D photos and much more. The AR system allows you to bring your virtual puppies to the real world, using that ‘?’ card that is provided with every 3DS console. The 3D photo function works similarly to Nintendogs as you can take 3D pictures of your little pups or even take a photo with the outer 3DS camera of your room and use that as the background for the game, so that your puppies can run about in your own kitchen.


Therefore, Puppies World 3D is a case of substance over style, as while Nintendogs is more visually impressive and responsive, MTO Co. provides extra challenges, unlockables and fun little mini-games to supplement their 3D pet simulator experience.

Katy’s score – 6/10

Puppies World 3D is Out Now!  

Check out more screen grabs of the game at the developer’s own website.

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One Response to “Puppies World 3D – Review”
  1. marios_missus says:

    Awwww would you look at the cover?! Sooooo cute! Practicly screaming ‘buy me now’!


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