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Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital Review

Game: Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital
Genre: Simulation
System: Nintendo Switch
Developers | Publishers: Nippon Columbia | Aksys Games, Numskull Games
Age Rating: US E | EU 3+
Price: US $39.99 | UK £24.99| EU € 29,99
Release Date: November 11th, 2021

Review code used, with many thanks to Numskull Games.

Become the best veterinarian in Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital, a simulation game developed by Nippon Columbia and initially released in Japan under the title Wan Nyan Doubutsu Byouin: Pet o Tasukeru Daiji-na Oshigoto in July this year.

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Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital

You are the new vet in training at the Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital. Along with the hospital owner and staff of fully-trained veterinarians. But first, you can customise your character. For example, you can choose the hairstyle, hair colour and select the colour of their eyes.

Many of the adorable puppies and kittens aren’t feeling too well, so you are tasked with supplying them with the care they need! When the game starts, you are a trainee veterinarian assigned to work alongside a team of vets while you learn the ropes.

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Puppies and Kittens

You’ll examine many cute and cuddly puppies and kittens with various aliments. First off, you have to exam the patient in checkup mode to see what their complaint is. You do this by taking X-rays, checking temperatures, and monitoring vital signs. Then perform multiple diagnostic tests on the patient. Once you diagnose the ailments, administer the treatments. You do this by a series of mini-games.

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20 Mini-Games

There are over 20 mini-games to complete in your quest to cure the patients. Before starting the mini-games, the game asks if you’re playing using the button or motion controls. I tried out both methods of control, and they both worked well. Though I must say the motion controls felt a little fiddly to me when I was trying to pull out splinters.

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Removing a splinter

The mini-games include: removing fleas, pulling splinters out and applying disinfectant spray. Also, adding Eye drops and treating burns to name just a few of them. The mini-games are fun the first few times you play them, but unfortunately, I found they got a little repetitive. But then, I am not the targeted age group for the game. The age groups that the game is aimed at will love the mini-games and the saccharine sweetness of the game.

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Go shopping on your days off.

Go Shopping or Visit the Cafe

On your days off, you can wind down by relaxing at the cafe! Or choose to go shopping and enjoy 184 different outfits your character can wear. Fancy getting your hair done, well you can as you can visit the hair salon and choose from 40 different hairstyles! Enjoy your free time by hanging out in the city, going to the movies, the amusement park, the beach.

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Scrub the bubbles

Lots to Do

Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital is rated a 3 in Europe and rated E for Everyone in the USA. There is quite a lot of reading to do in the game so I’m not sure how many 3-year-olds could manage that. Certainly, the game is suitable for young children probably from the age of six and up. With the help of their parents, they should be able to manage the reading involved in the game.

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Aww cute puppy

As for the mini-games and the rest of the content in the game, it is a fun and an enjoyable game. I’m sure that children will love being a veterinarian. None of the mini-games are too hard to complete, and the game is gently on the player if they don’t succeed in successfully finishing a mini-game.

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Examine the patients

Visuals and Controls

Visually the game is lovely, full of bright vibrant primary colours, mainly pink. Lots and lots of pink! With suitable sound effects and music to make it the complete package.

Controls are via the Joy-cons or you can play the mini-games using the motion controls as I’ve mentioned previously. I much prefer to use the joy-con controls as I’m old school gamer. Children on the other hand will have an exciting time using the motion controls to examine their patients.

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Good work-life balance


Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital will delight any young gamer that is just starting out in the hobby. Lots of young children dream of being Veterinary while they are growing up and to them playing Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital will be like a dream come true. If you’re looking for a suitable game for your young one or even an older gamer for the Christmas season, Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital will keep them happy for hours.

Final Verdict: I Like It A Lot   I like it a lot

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