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- Interact and play with more than 48 breeds of dogs on your journey through Dog Island, ranging from large Siberian Huskies to small Yorkshire terriers.
- Customize your puppies with clothes and accessories.
- Perform a broad range of dog activities such as: sniffing to find hidden treasures, barking to stun your enemies, and dashing to make quick escapes.
- Travel open world environments spanning from Egypt to Greenland.
- Play five mini-games, including insect-catching and soccer!
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Based on the best-selling picture book franchise THE DOG, THE DOG™ Island recreates the puppies and dogs to bring an original, pet-themed RPG to the PlayStation 2 system. Play as a dog on an island as you explore unique environments such as grassy plains, snowy fields, and deserts in a search for a legendary flower to save your ill brother.
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This game is excellent for all ages and very easy for younger kids. One problem you might have with younger children is that the game doesn't have voice overs so reading is mandatory, and this unfortunately is not like LittleBigPlanet where the story is about as relevant as a PS3 vs 360 argument on Nintendo's forums, this game is very story driven and one of the key ways to progress is to be able to follow instructions and gather information. This is an adventure RPG and does involve quite a bit of content for your buck. For skilled players it might take a few days to complete all the way through without including all of the game's various collectible items but for less skilled, and possibly younger players it could take up to a couple of weeks, depending. In my experience this game does have excellent replayability just because the story is one of the more compelling in today's gaming for younger audiences.
The story of the game is that you're a dog (And you can choose your species from over forty breeds and several colors) who needs to find a cure for your brother who is very sick (The game never directly references death, but there are moments in the story that are very sad, that reference it as a plot device such as when the doctor of the island tells you his back story of his late lover he couldn't save) and to do this you embark on an adventure to a distant island where the game takes place. The objective is to become a master of sniffing so that you can track down a powerful flower only the best sniffers in the world can find (interesting plot device there, but one understandable and easy to remember) and bring it back to save your brother's life. The story mostly revolves around gratitude, that if you do something nice for someone, they will help you in return. This is especially noticed when you nurse a sick bird back to health on the ship taking you to he island and it saves you from drowning later when you're caught swimming in a storm. I know I am probably making this game sound frightening by some standard, but it really isn't that bad for kids, in fact, you might find worse on Zelda which is one of the more popular RPGs.
The gameplay is as solid as can be, I've never experienced any problems with it and it's very well-made. The graphics are perfect for the game. All of the animals sport large, chibi-like heads with tiny little bodies as shown on the box and are extremely cute. The fur on the animals also looks realistic and almost like felt, and the environments are bright and colorful and enjoyable to explore. Along with excellent graphics comes equally impressive music. The game mostly uses guitar and other string instruments but there is a good variety of all kinds of instruments and the music is excellent at fitting the mood and setting of the game. At no point is the music too scary, too extreme or too loud. Even when you would expect creepy music, the game does a good job of keeping it friendly for younger ages.
This game is an adventure RPG which means there are quests involved. Most of these quests involve treasure hunting which you will do by sniffing and following a radar. You have to learn different smells of different kinds of items to progress and sometimes to find other items. Along with the usual quests there are also side missions you can do that include finding all types of flowers in the game, all types of fruit in the game, fishing all types of fish and catching all types of bugs. All of these things are easy to understand and learn but challenging enough that they aren't easily accomplished in short time. These also are not needed to complete the game which means you can play through the game and still have things to do, which means the game has excellent replayability. There are enemies in this game located in the various areas, but you can't kill them. Your main 'attack' is barking at them to scare them and make them faint, they do stay down for quite a while though. They can hurt you though, you have a life meter and once it runs out, game over. Honestly though I've only game over'd once and it was through curiosity of what would happen. It's very hard to actually lose, which means the enemies are little more than something you need to watch out for. Nothing serious, and the only 'fighting' in the game is the last boss which is a T-rex skeleton you 'beat' by pressing buttons. This makes this game highly appropriate for young kids if parents are willing to read the text to them. Could make for some interesting family time.
Overall, I would recommend this game to anyone with kids that like little adventure games that aren't quite as unforgiving as some of the more 'popular' RPGs in their difficulty and graphic content and it would also be good for people like me who simply love playing cute animal games that don't have any 'extreme' content in them, but if you're still unsure about whether you want to pay $20 for this game, I suggest trying to rent it and see if you or your kids like it. I think it's worth the price though, and I would pick it up now.