Little Friends: Dogs & Cats Review
Reviewed on Nintendo Switch
When I heard the announcement that Little Friends: Dogs & Cats was coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch I was incredibly excited! 'Nintendogs 2!' I thought. As an animal lover who unfortunately cannot own pets in her current accommodation, I hoped that this would quench that dog owning thirst I had... Did it?
Little Friends: Dogs & Cats is a virtual pet simulator which allows you to choose from a variety of adorable puppies and kittens and then give them all your love! Feed them, clean them, walk them, train them, play with them, even dress them; they are yours.
Okay, so I said a 'variety' of pets which is true, but I would've liked a little more variety. With 6 breeds of puppy to choose from and only 3 kittens, I felt like there were so many missing. The breeds of puppy you can choose from are; French Bulldog, German Shepard, Shiba Inu, Toy Poodle, Chihuahua and Labrador Retriever and the kitten breeds you can choose from are; Japanese cat, Scottish fold and the American Shorthair. That might seem like a lot of choices, especially with the fact that each one of your furry friends has their own personality traits but when you consider that there are hundreds of dog and cat breeds I feel like there could've been a little more implemented. I mean, where are the Siberian Huskies or the Pugs?! One must ask these important questions...
Upon choosing your very first puppy - you will unlock kittens a short while later - you will name it and then it's all yours. It's then your task to keep he - or she - happy by fulfilling it's rather simple needs. Feed it, water it, play with it, clean it and walk it. You can even enter your pet into various competitions! Doing so will build your bond - or your friendship level - with your new best pal. Sadly, I felt that my play time with Little Friends: Dogs & Cats was limited due to the fact that there is a cap on how many levels you can go up in one day. 10 levels a day is the cap and although I understand why this cap exists, it can hinder your experience. There's only so much I play catch with my little pupster.
It's worth noting that as well as being able to customise your pet with various items of clothing you can also customise your home. Granted, again there isn't too much choice in this area but it's nice to be given that option to really make that area yours, as best as you can.
Little Friends: Dogs & Cats can be a little rough around the edges but it still looks great, most of the time. There were some occasions were the textures didn't seem to be quite right but I didn't let that affect my thoughts too much. Each breed of dog and cat looks pretty spot on and that was the main thing for me. I didn't want my pets to not look, well, real.
Sadly, Little Friends: Dogs & Cats isn't the 'Nintendogs on Switch' I was hoping for. In fact, it almost feels like an incredibly stripped back version of the game with no microphone or camera integration. No way to call your pets name or teach it new tricks - your pet just learns them. I was disappointed with this, I wanted to feel connected with my new pet, and I didn't.
There is also no consequence for being away from the game for a certain amount of time. Your pet won't die or run away if you don't take care of it. You just carry on from where you left off...