Title: Juui Dolittle
Also known as: Veterinarian Dolittle
Broadcast dates: 10/17/10 – 12/19/10
Number of episodes: 9
Cast: Oguri Shun, Inoue Mao, Narimiya Hiroki, Kunimura Jun, Ishizaka Koji
Plot: Tottori Kenichi (Shun) is a extremely talented veterinarian, which has earned him the nickname “Dolittle.” Unfortunately, he is quite rude to the humans that accompany his animal patients. His friend, Hanabishi Masaru (Narimiya), is a famous “Charisma Vet” who is afraid of operating on animals. Together, with nurse Tajima Asuka (Inoue), they try to save as many animals as they can.
What is good: Oguri tackles another new character type! Yay!
What is bad: It can be difficult to like the characters.
Letter rating: C+
I found myself falling desperately in love with the Farm Frenzy series so I’ve been trying other farm games to see how they stack up. Ranch Rush is quite different from Farm Frenzy. Instead of caring for a ton of animals, you are caring for a few animals and a lot of crops.
While I enjoyed the beginning levels of the games, the higher levels felt like they needed something more. The problem is that the crops and animals all need to be “harvested” quickly and your character just doesn’t move fast enough to do everything. Perhaps this is fixed in an even higher level of the game but I couldn’t bring myself to go past the hour demo. It was an entertaining hour at least.
Lately, a lot of pet-themed time management games have relied on grooming pets. You wash a dog, cut its hair then give it back to the owner. Pet Shop Hop is a pet-themed time management game but it is completely different from the others. Instead of grooming a pet, you are trying to sell them. However, you still need to feed each type of animal and clean their cages/tanks/pens. At the same time, you need to make sure you find the right pet for each customer.
It sounds like there is a lot of work involved in playing this game. There isn’t really. Your character doesn’t move for the feeding and cleaning actions so there isn’t time being wasted with her just wandering around the store. She only moves when she is preparing an animal for a customer. While this may seem like it’s not a big deal, it is. Most games force the player’s character to wander around the “game board” for every single action. This usually ends up making the player aggravated because the character doesn’t move fast enough to fit everything in within the alloted time. Customers get angry because your character is busy in the corner feeding the fish or something. By allowing the feeding and cleaning to be done by the player without the character moving, the player can accomplish those tasks while the character is moving to a tank or cage to prepare an animal for the customer. We don’t have to wait for the character to do something.
I did enjoy playing this game a lot. It’s a slightly different take on the time management type of game but it makes all the right changes to keep it interesting and fun instead of aggravating.
The hidden obeject game Polly Pride: Pet Detective tells the story of Polly, the owner of a pet shelter who also does a bit of detective work on the side. If you have lost your pet, Polly will find it for you!
I thought that this “pet detective” twist to the hidden object genre was interesting. In each level, you have the opportunity to find a lost pet from one of the previous storylines. While it doesn’t change the actual gameplay any, it does give the game a little bit more of a emotional tie. People don’t like losing their beloved pets so it feels good to help someone, even a person in a video game, find their animals.
Farm Frenzy was a really fun game. You start out taking care of some geese and move into harvesting their eggs to sell at market before moving into other animals and products. Once you get sheep, you can harvest their wool to sell at market. Beware of the bears though! They will throw your animals off the screen, which forces you to buy new animals. Luckily, you can cage the bears and sell THEM at market.
I didn’t think I would like this game. It sounded like a lot of work with no real reward. Instead, I found the game exciting. I kept looking forward to making more money to buy upgrades for my farm. This is definitely a game you should try.