If you love cute little dogs, you have to try out Shiba’s Adventure. I know it sounds weird, dogs and a game? Well, kids and adults alike will get a kick out of this game because it’s retro RPG with a Minecraft look and feel. The gist of the game is you are a dog, and a cute one at that, so that in and of itself makes you a target. As this dog, you must drop into a dungeon and survive the many perils that surround you.
You move your dog around by swiping. Take care to keep notice of bad people, demons and devils lurk in the dark corners of the dungeon, as they will be ready to capture you and then the game will be done. Your mission is to stay alert and keep your tummy full so you can keep exploring for a way to survive. Every move you make burns up energy, so it’s important to seek out sources of nourishment and get to them before the other dogs do. Your aim is to survive and get through each challenge that is placed before you. As you complete a challenge and level of game play, the app will continuously adjust and present a new set of challenges, so game play never gets boring.
As for the dogs, there are about 10 to choose from, but you get one to start with for free. The others will cost you coins. You can even collect them as you successfully complete levels. It gives players something to work towards and shows real progress. Challenges range from different types of puzzles and games to obstacles that you must overcome. The overall aim is to see how well you can move your dog around and seek out “life” to keep her sustained.
You can play on your own, where the other dogs are computer driven, or you can invite friends to play through Game Center, so you can challenge them to see whose dog survives the longest.
What I found a bit difficult was getting the dog to move. You have to keep making these small quick swipes to make it move from block to block, avoiding the human or “dogcatcher” while you attempt to capture coins and food. It takes some time to get the idea of how to swipe, but I found movement to be sluggish.
This game is simple and fun. It forces you to quickly figure out how you want to move your dog around the grid to get to all the coins and to avoid oncoming enemies and is great for all ages.
Rating: 9.5/ 10