We thought we had our finger on the cultural pulse, but it was only after a few minutes’ play that we realised this was a movie tie-in. It was the on-screen photos of the film’s stars that gave it away. ‘Why are these moppets here instead of some genero-avatars?’ we wondered. Andi and Bruce (for it is they) need your help setting up their canine haven, which means you have to do some tedious ‘find the object’ puzzling so you can build various contraptions. Required items are clearly signposted but can only be collected in a certain order, which is pretty irritating.
Between these missions you have to make sure your doggy clients are looked after, and you can play with them in some lackluster minigames. Nintendogs Wii, this is not. We’re not going to criticize this because it’s a crap tie-in; we’ll criticize it because it’s no fun.
Mar 4, 2009