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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Old PC Games (Part Two)

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Going off of last week’s Wednesday post, there were a few other awesome PC games that Rachel and I used to play all the time. Being big animal lovers, we had a couple of games called Dogz and Catz, the ancestor of the Petz games now available on Nintendo’s handheld consoles.

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Those games were a lot of fun. You would go to the adoption center and play with a few dogs or cats and then choose one to buy. You would take them home and play with them in various rooms in your house. The kitchen to feed them, the bathroom to bathe them, the living room, and the backyard. You could even take them on field trips and play games where you would win fun items like toys, clothes, or food for your pets.

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I was originally introduced to the series an eon ago by my uncle. He had Dogz II on his desktop computer at my grandparents house and I would just go on there to play with whatever dog he happened to have adopted (when I wasn’t, you know, bothering him to play Super Mario RPG or watching Batman the Animated Series). There wasn’t a house setting like in Dogz and Catz 5 like Rachel had just described. Instead, the dogs would interact with the desktop, carrying around icons, digging up holes in the background, all that fun stuff.

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…I don’t remember that one. Geez, talking about these old games makes me feel pretty young. You must feel pretty old! What I remember most was that in the later games your dogs or cats could breed with each other. I remember spraying them with love potion as much as I could and then I would end up with about ten dogs or cats on my screen. Even though you could only have two out at a time, but still.

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Yay for puppies and kittens! Yes, that was lots of fun, but then it got stressful. You had to remember to feed and play with every one of those animals, otherwise, the game scared you into thinking that they would run away. Still, it was great fun, and I’m wondering if those old games would still work on our newer machines…

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Oh, yeah… I forgot they could run away. I think that actually happened to me once and I cried. I also remember the first time my dogs has puppies… I cried then, too. I was an emotional child. Either way, they were definitely fun games to play and I would love to play them again if we ever get our hands on them.

Have you ever played these PC games? What other PC games have you played?