Not too bad if you enjoy caring for cute animals in the form of relatively simplistic mini games, but it gets pretty repetitive
There’s no doubt an audience for more casual fare on the Switch, between younger gamers and simply ones looking to relax, and for that crowd the presence of cute animals likely helps. Most of the games I’ve played within the space have tended to be a bit more open-ended, with you simply taking care of your pets and dressing them up, playing with them, or even exploring a bit with them. In this case of Pups & Purrs things are a little more focused, and varied to a degree, with you working in a pet shop and needing to care for the pets in a variety of ways while trying to get them ready to be taken home with someone. If this sounds appealing, for the most part it does deliver that as a core experience, but be warned that even casual players may find it a bit too dumbed down. As you repeat tasks you’ll unlock more “advanced” versions of those mini games but honestly most of them still top out at being pretty dull and ordinary, with little to no variation, so there does get to be an issue with it feeling like you’re going through the motions a bit after a while. I also at times found it has me piddling around in dialogue that rarely paid dividends a bit too much, making me even miss the pretty mundane care tasks you can elect to do. If you’re just in it for the cuteness and good feels this may work out, but if you’re looking for a bit more there are better options in the eShop than this.
Justin Nation, Score: