I feel guilty for liking Foopets.
I really do.
I think it has something to do with the fact that it makes me feel as though I’m selling out, somehow. Foopets is cute. Foopets is stereotypical. Foopets is a browser-based version of Nintendogs decked out with kittens for good measure. Foopets is .. girly.
In spite of how it affects my pride, I find it hard to deny the fact that Foopets is actually a pretty spiffy clone of Nintendo’s globally-adored Nintendogs. The visuals are charming, the gameplay surprisingly deep; you even have to clean out kitty litter. More than anything, however, I enjoyed the premise behind this adorable little release. While players can choose to purchase their account and make off with a pet immediately, cheapsakes and children have the option to work extensively at their virtual adoption center first. After that, they’ll be awarded a pet of their own.
Although hardly original, it’s still a pretty interesting approach to things. Foopets makes it clear that pets are work, a responsibility onto themselves as opposed to a decorative sentient item.