Family Games with Pets or Animals
A brief description of games available for children who have, want, or just love a dog or cat or children who love animal or pet games. Wii games with horse themes are also included here, as are games with multiple animal species such as the zoo or animal hospital games.
Wii Dog Games
Hotel for Dogs-feed, groom, and play with pups, build gadgets. Only 10 levels of play and dog play does not include options to walk a dog or to play fetch. Graphics described as poor or small.
Petz Dogz 2 – choose from 7 dog breeds, mix and match fantasy breeds, keep a daily Pet Journal. This is not a pet simulation game where the game involves raising and training a pet. The plot involves an evil wolf, spells are cast on animals in the fields that will attack and can kill your dog character. Children have to be good readers as much of the game is presented in text and not as voiceovers. Due to reading skills and the violence, better for children over 8 years or so.
Petz Sports - adopt a dog from 18 breeds. Use the WiiMote to pet the dog, throw a ball, teach the dog 22 tricks. Compete in 36 agility courses. Dogs can be customized with costumes and accessories. Game described as enjoyable for children as young as 4-5 years old and also enjoyed by adults. The agility races are reported quite fun and dog behavior and mannerisms realistic.
Puppy Luv – single player game. WiiMote is used to train the dog to perform 12 tricks. Activities include brushing and giving your puppy a bath. Dog play includes catch with a ball or disc, dog can be taken to the bedroom, an exercise park, etc. Motion control with the WiiMote is described as very poor. Game is described by both children reviewers and adults as boring.
The Dog Island – play as a dog trying to save sibling from illness. Select breed, gender, and color of your dog character and select sibling as sister or brother. Your character puppy is controlled using the WiiMote. Close to 50 breeds of dogs are met during gameplay involving visits to other countries. Dogs are cute and gameplay is basic point-and-click.
Wii Cat Games
Petz Catz 2 – select a kitten from more than 40 breeds; cat can be customized with clothing and accessories. Not a pet simulation; cat is chosen and then the adventures begin. Game is very similar to Petz Dogs 2 so reading skills are needed and the storyline does involve poison, snakes, attacks by wild animals, confronting a dragon and an evil wolf.
Purr Pals – playing and training pet simulation game; choose from 40 breeds and hundreds of face and body characteristics and then adopt your kitten. WiiMote is used to play, groom, and pick up after the cat. The WiiMote can reportedly be used as a laser pointer where the cat will chase and pounce on the laser dot.
Sukeban Shachou Rena – An odd Japanese game about cat CEOs. The player cat enters the corporation at a low level and tries to rise to the level of CEO. This game claims the title of worst selling Wii game in history selling only 100 copies in Japan. Unlikely to be released elsewhere.
Wii Horse Games
Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp-play as Barbie to develop riding skills, perform a number of horse care tasks such as feeding and grooming, and go on exploring adventures. Compete in time-trial and other challenges to win medals, ribbons, and trophies. There are 15 different horses to ride and each has a different personality and skill set. A bit of hand-eye coordination and attention span is required to complete tasks and challenges.
Gallop and Ride – large combinations of choices for horse coat, manes, blankets, bridles, saddles, etc., ride your horse in the woods, along a beach, up into the mountains; build a stable business
My Horse and Me – an accurate horse model simulation game; leisure riding, horse care, and both indoor and outdoor competitions. Has an officieal license from the FEI (the Fédération Equestre Internationale)
Petz Horse Club - Storyline encompasses the rehabilitation and conservation of wild mustangs. Less rigorous horse simulation in offering easier Wiimote control. Tame and care for a wild mustang, meet game objectives to enter competitions.
Petz Horsez 2 – choose from 5 horse breeds. You can breed the horses and raise a foal to compete in local and international competitions. Groom, feed, play and train your horse.
Miscellaneous (Playing as a veterinarian, zoo keeper, etc.)
Animal Planet Vet Life – gameplay is in three sections: local, netional, and international; 40 different animal species available; cases are taken from the actual nimal Planet series; 60 vet procedures plus post-operative care; Facts and questions taken from Animal Planet series.
Dr. Fizzwizzle’s Animal Rescue – 60 animal species to rescue, animal quizzes for children; story-themed Breakout or Brickbuster type game.
Build-A-Bear Workshop: A Friend Fur All Seasons - intended for pre-school age; join Bearemy and Pawlette Coufur and other furry friends in sailing the Friend Ship. Multiplayer mode supports 4 players. Hug, throw snowballs and frisbees, jump, steer a bobsled or whack a pinata. Directions are given by voiceover and written, reading skill not needed. Game is best for ages 3-5 years, or older with hand-eye coordination difficulties as the game is slow-paced and easy to play.
Go Diego Go: Safari Rescue - Diego is off on a safari adventure across Africa. In Safari Rescue, a mean magician has mixed up all the animals for strange results, such as a zebra without stripes. Investigating the Safari Trail helps to learn about the animals. Use the Wiimote to swim, dig, drum, and stomp. This game is suitable for preschoolers of both sexes.
Littlest Pet Shop-collect, name, dress up, and play with your collection of up to 32 pets in 4 settings such as a garden and a jungle. Minigames unlock accessories, play sets, and new pets. This game is suitable for girls of about 4-8 years old who love the Littlest Pet shop toys and Webkinz and would like to pick out a cute little cartoon-type pet, dress it up and walk around with her new little pet.
Paws & Claws Pet Vet– 20 cases of injured animals including guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats, birds, and horses; procedures can be repetitive as the vet needs to start with small animals and work up to larger ones; no choice of animal patients.
Petz Rescue Wildlife Vet – 30 global missions to treat and heal endangered exotic animals; feed, clean, play with a baby tiger, replace a turtle shell; over 20 different animal species including sea turtles, panthers, giraffes, pandas, kangaroos, elephants, and penguins; emergency rescues in the field and treatment/care of animals in the clinic. This game is timed and not for children with problems playing timed games where the characters repeated tells them to hurry up and to focus.
The Sims 2 Pets – use the Pet expansion set so your Sims can adopt dogs, cats, birds, and guinea pigs. Your Sims can train and discipline their pets. Pets can act up just as real pets do and dig up the yard, claw the furniture, etc. Dozens of cat and dog breeds are available or one can customize a unique pet.
World of Zoo – use the Animal Creator to customize cartoon-style animals; create and customize a zoo; more than 90 animal species; National Geographic Fact Cards teach about each animal
Zoo Hospital – animals are treated by playing minigames. There are 48 animals that can be treated and the game has a 2-player cooperative mode. The animals can be petted, fed, and treated all with the Wiimote. There is no real storyline, just click on each animal to start. Money earned for successful treatment is used to buy new animals for the zoo.