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Dogz is the first game in the Petz series, originally released as a standalone title in 1995.[1] Unlike its successors, it offers no integration with its sister title Catz, which was not released until the following year.[2]

In 1999, Dogz was ported to the Game Boy Color to negative reception.

Sequel game Dogz II was released in 1997.

Game Play Edit

Adoption Edit

The player starts off at the Adoption Play Area. The Adoption Play Area consists of 5 doghouses, each containing a dog. The player is only allowed to have one dog at a time; if they want to adopt another dog, they have to return the dog they already have or buy another copy of the game. No two pets could be taken out at the same time until Petz II.

Interaction Edit

Let's play ball.

Breedz Edit

Dogz comes with five dogs to adopt:

  • Bootz
  • ChiChi
  • Chip
  • Jowls
  • Scrappy

Each evolves into a separate, more standard breed in Petz II and beyond: Great Dane, Chihuahua, Scottie, Bulldog, and Mutt, respectively.

Interestingly, Bootz and Scrappy are described as a setter and a terrier instead of the Great Dane and Mutt they evolved into.[3]

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Bootz ChiChi Chip Jowls Scrappy

Toyz Edit

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Available Toyz are:

  • Spray bottle
  • Paint brush
  • Shoe
  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Ball
  • Bone
  • Two types of Treatz.

Instead of a toy shelf or Supply Case, which would first appear in Catz before becoming a permanent element of the series, Toyz are represented by simple graphic icons in a white square (called the Toolbox).

Like later iterations of the Supply Case, the camera button on the Toyz window allows you to take a .bmp picture of your Dog. The button on the top allows you to put your Dog on the desktop.

Screensaver Edit

Reception Edit

Merchandise Edit

Game Boy Color Port Edit

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In 1999, a Game Boy Color port of Dogz as well as a companion port of Catz was released.[2] The illustrations on the box art are taken from the Dogz II packaging.

Features Edit

  • Multiple breeds of Dogz, including hidden ones.
  • More than a dozen play items.
  • Special bonus toys.
  • Link cable support for trading Dogz and toys.[4]

Game Play Edit

Trading of Petz and Toyz can be accomplished with the Game Boy Color's infrared communication feature.[4]

Reception Edit

The ports were critically panned, citing limited activities, dim graphics, static animations, and how unsuited the game play was for the Game Boy Color console.[2]

Compatibility Edit

Dogz is a 16-bit game and will not run on modern computers without extensive prep work.

Serial codes are required to run the program and can be found online.

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9001-5025-3220[5]

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Wikipedia: Petz
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gamespot: Dogz (1999)
  3. CD-Rom Access: Dogz
  4. 4.0 4.1 IGN: Catz
  5. Wayback Petz: Serial Numbers
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