Flashback Friday: Dogz II

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

If there’s anything else I’m passionate about beside video games, it’s animals. One of my earliest video game memories involves a certain computer game about virtual dogs.

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Dogz II was one of the very few — if there were any others — game programs on the solitary computer in my grandparents’ house when I was a kid. When I wasn’t trying my hand at the SNES (or bothering my uncle to play said console), I was probably playing with the virtual dogs on the desktop.

Dogz II was one of the many installments of the Petz franchise developed and published by P.F. Magic back in the mid-nineties. Since then, sequels have been published, up until Dogz 5 and Catz 5. The games were virtual pets that you take care of from puppies and kittens to adults and, in the later installments of the series, you could breed and raise their offspring from newborns.

This particular installment was one of the simplest. You were able to adopt one of a handful of breeds, name them, and then care for them. Toys and food were available to let you interact with the pet, and your mouse icon turns into a hand to pet, snap to call over, and pick up your pet. Aside from the playpen mode, where your dogs are in the windowed mode of the game, you can also let them run around on your desktop.

Supposedly, you were supposed to let them loose on the desktop while you’re working, but I’d be hard-pressed to get any work done while watching my virtual dog chase my cursor, dig holes into my background, or carry around the icons. Of course, I’d never get mad at the dog — it was too cute!

Despite the Petz games being for Windows 95 or so, rather than Windows 7 or 10, I still have my CDs of Dogz II and Petz 5. For kicks, I tried to install Dogz II on my Windows 7 laptop, and guess what?

It works:

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Now I’m trying to decide if I want to dive down this rabbit hole and adopt a virtual pup or two to have running amok while I work…

Have you played any of the Petz games? What did you think of them?

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Animals in Video Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHi, everyone!

Animals are everywhere and they’re some of the best companions to have when you’re going on an adventure.

 

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Via Mario Wiki

Poochy is a fun, lovable dog that every gamer should know. He made his debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and has lately been seen in Yoshi’s newest game, Yoshi’s Woolly World.

He’s adorable, he’s fun and pretty helpful. For example, in Yoshi’s Woolly World he follows you around like the cute puppy he is and gets you to high places and retrieve items.

 

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Via Zelda Wiki

This is a Loftwing if you’re familiar with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Loftwings are loyal, lovable creatures that help their caretaker in anything. They come when called, they help get around to the different islands in the sky, and… They’re just all around gorgeous birds.

 

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Via Mario Wiki

This one may be cheating as Yoshi is now the main character in most Mario games and he even has a few games of his own.

I mean, just look at my first example.

However, Yoshi has been around for generations in the Mario world and he was, originally, a sidekick. Hatched from an egg, Mario would hop onto his back and Yoshi would attempt to fly, eat enemies and fruit, and overall aid Mario on his quest.

 

Now having animals as the main character of the game… That’s a whole other post in itself.

Who are some of your favorite animal companions?