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In Dog's Life you play Jake the puppy, as he explores the USA in an attempt to foil a fiendish plot. Miss Peaches doesn't like dogs, and sees them as a way of making money, by dog-napping Daisy the pedigree dog.

The dog elements are closely integrated into the game - smells are indicated by lines of coloured smoke, emphasising a dog's acute sense of smell. Locating footprints is also done via this Smellovision mode. Tricks can be learnt, and used to win treats from humans.

Jake must explore vast environments and interact with 15 breeds of dog. The aim is to get them onto his side, which is usually done by either having more bones than them, or winning a subgame against them. These are also dog-based - in one you must dig up bones, while another has you 'marking territory' to annex a full screen.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Dog's Life: Koiran Elämää" -- Finnish title
  • "Dog's Life: Een hondeleven" -- Dutch title

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Digital Entertainment News (den) Sep 19, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75 Oct 30, 2003 75 out of 100 75
IGN Aug 24, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Yahoo! Games Jul 27, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameCell UK 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Aug 23, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 (UK) Nov 10, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Super Play (Sweden) Nov, 2003 6 out of 10 60
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network Sep 20, 2011 5 out of 10 50
Deaf Gamers 2003 4 out of 10 40


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Andrew Gillett (34) added Dog's Life (PlayStation 2) on Jan 21, 2004