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  • Summary: Meet Jake, the loveable mutt on a mission: to rescue his dog-napped pal Daisy! The plucky pup embarks on an epic adventure which sees him journeying across the US, taking in the Mid-West countryside, scenic ski resorts, and even busy cities on his travels. Playing as the heroic hound, you'llMeet Jake, the loveable mutt on a mission: to rescue his dog-napped pal Daisy! The plucky pup embarks on an epic adventure which sees him journeying across the US, taking in the Mid-West countryside, scenic ski resorts, and even busy cities on his travels. Playing as the heroic hound, you'll get to do pretty much anything a real-life dog can do - including sniffing out food, playing fetch, chasing chickens, and marking your territory (yep, that's right, Jake can fart, pee and poo). As you explore the huge environments, you can choose whether to interact with other animals and humans, go on missions for treats, and even play as other dogs utilise their individual canine talents. [SCEE] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. We as gamers crave unique experiences and perspectives in our games and this one delivers. About the only people I can imagine not enjoying this game are die-hard cat people (Dog’s rule, by the way). Give this game a chance, you won’t regret it.
  2. The most innovative game I have played in a while.
  3. As an experience, as well as a smartly-written and smartly-presented game, A Dog's Life is a great example of off-beat European software. Gamestyle greatly enjoyed being Jake for a while, and hopes that more imaginative titles will come around.
  4. The game is simply designed and has a few annoying quirks, but it's got a genuine charm that helps to balance it out.
  5. It won’t win any awards for the way it looks, plays or sounds. But, the devil really is in the details this time. A lot of work went into crafting a game that is considerably different in style than anything else on the market, even if the gameplay itself is stale.
  6. The structure of each area is pleasingly freeform, allowing you to wander around and tackle the various tasks in the order of your choosing, and the standard of the visuals is well above par for what we expect from kids games.
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    40
    Soon enough, though, the novelty wears off, and you start to realize the incredible tedium involved because the entire game is a fetch quest - with the ultimate goal being to free some bitch (literally) that got picked up by the dogcatchers. [Sept 2004, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. PaulS.
    Apr 27, 2004
    10
    Top dog.
  2. Deanb
    Feb 24, 2004
    10
    hmmmm so i can poo...then pick it up in my mouth....tastes much better when u dont do it for real. chihuahua isnt up to much so i should behmmmm so i can poo...then pick it up in my mouth....tastes much better when u dont do it for real. chihuahua isnt up to much so i should be able to tear its head off.... then mark my territory on it...ok i guess im kinda involved in the whole quadruped thing...hmmm 10/10 Expand
  3. PamelaG.
    Oct 29, 2005
    10
    It is really good at it feels like im in the game.
  4. O.D.
    Jan 2, 2005
    10
    I have this game and love it.It is the best game ever.I just don't like the way the dogalways chases you int he boomcity pound.10 out of 10!
  5. SophiaF.
    Nov 13, 2005
    10
    I think the game is fun and loads of children will engjoy this game because it is easy fun a the graphics are realy good! and I LUV THE GAME!
  6. JoanneG.
    Jun 5, 2005
    10
    I think Dogs Life is ace its great for kids and even some aduts like it.Ive completed it four times and I only got it about three weeks ago.I I think Dogs Life is ace its great for kids and even some aduts like it.Ive completed it four times and I only got it about three weeks ago.I can't stop playing it , it's fab!!!! Expand
  7. Yoavben-dov
    Apr 15, 2004
    8
    Fun game with alot of thing to do . also its kind of boring to do all the time the same thing.

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#26 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#55 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004