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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Legacy Interactive
Developed By: Legacy Interactive
Genre: Virtual Pet
Players: 1
Rated: E (Everyone)
Release Date: Q3 2009
Screenshots: Link
Written By: Marcus Prunty

June 19, 2009 - During E3, I got the pleasure of playing a new interactive game for the Nintendo DS from Legacy Interactive; this new game was titled “Pet Pals: New Leash on Life”. This game is another title in the educational games lineup that Legacy Interactive has and it joins the ranks of some of their other titles like Emergency Room: Real Life Rescues, and the other Pet Pals games in that they attempt to teach the player what real life people do in certain scenarios and situations. This game will be on the Nintendo DS as well as its newer younger brother the Nintendo DSi. As of right now we are not aware if there are any special features that can take advantage of the features within the DSi. This game can be played by all ages and will be very appealing to any aspiring veterinarians or animal lovers.

In this game, the player learns how to take care of 15+ different animals ranging from birds, dogs, cats, and exotic animals like iguanas and chinchillas. You learn grooming, feeding and other care-taking methods for the animals. Legacy Interactive received help from practicing veterinarians all over the world in their attempt to bring the most realistic experience they could to the game. In the game, you play a new veterinarian to the New Leash animal rescue center and your job is to heal all the animals and place them into permanent homes. There are over 30 different animal cases that are in the game, and they get more difficult as you progress and learn more skills to heal the sick animals. This game is realistic and apparent in the very first case that you do in the game, there is a cat that is quarantined and you have to heal it. Since you do not know what is wrong with the cat you have to ask questions to attempt to figure out what is wrong with the cat before you can begin to treatment. Once you have the answers to the questions you can begin treatment there is always a hint at the top of the screen that will help guide you if you are stuck there are further hints that you can use.

The graphics are in 3D and when you examine and treat the animals, you can rotate the viewing angle of the camera, mimicking you walking around the animal to get to the other side of them to for example place an IV in their leg or give them an injection of medicine. This game is not veterinary school but it provides a unique educational experience as well as takes advantage of the Nintendo DS/DSi touch screen interface with the stylus to inject medicine, withdraw blood, gives drops of medicine and uses any other tools that vets use in their day-to-day lives.

Another plus of purchasing this game is that Legacy Interactive has once again teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States, and a portion of the sales of this game will be donated by them to help provide financial support for the non profit organization that takes in so many animals and attempts to find them all permanent homes. This game is scheduled to be in stores in the September 29, 2009 for around $19.99 and will be rated E.

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