Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dress Up Pups

Sometimes, I take requests. My sister Mary asked me the other day if I had a game that required less concentration than the puzzle/hidden objects games I love so much. I laughed because I know she loves dogs and I love the game, Dress Up Pups.

Puppies! Puppies dressed up in people clothing! Normally this would appeal to me about as much as a root canal. Without anesthesia. But Dress Up Pups is appealing in a way you don’t normally discuss. It’s cute. Really, really cute. Cute like ’underground dachshund derby’ cute. I’m told that the first rule of dachshund derby is that you don’t discuss dachshund derby. Except I guess, with your aunt, who is giggling so hard she falls off the couch. My niece used to have a dachshund and lived close to a house that had an underground dachshund derby. On Halloween, the dogs, dressed in costumes, competed in several competitions, including the obstacle course. In my mind’s eye I can see the little dogs, dressed to the nines, racing down the course, gearing up for the high jump. Excuse me, I have to put my head down on my desk and giggle for awhile.

Okay, I’m back. Dress Up Pups is fun like that. In a guilty ‘I can’t believe I’m playing this’ kind of way. It’s a match 3 game that starts in a puppy fashion agency. You know, those are words I never expected to put together in a sentence. Puppy fashion agency. The story of the game is surprisingly good, you play Patti, a design assistant who is tired of being a secretary and wants to create her own designs. All she needs is a chance. She gets that chance when the owner/designer goes to Italy on a job for a few weeks, leaving her in charge of the shop. Patti has brief interactions with each of the owners, then you match 3 in Swap, Chain and Group mode. I like that the objects you match are all dog related. At the end of each round you start to put together a puppy costume using jigsaw puzzle pieces. There is even a dachshund that you get to dress up, but sadly, no derbies.

So Mary, here you go, Dress Up Pups is silly, easy, interesting and very, very fun. Relax, enjoy, and say hi to your dogs for me!

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