[Beyond PlayStation] Professor Lupo and His Horrible Pets Review
Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets is a must-have puzzler on Nintendo Switch with a lot of content to enjoy and a nice challenge. Find out why in our Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets review!
Professor Walter Luposnich Lupo is presenting his latest project, showcasing a set of lethal and horrendous creatures he has captured during his travels, trying to sell them to the conquerors and tyrants of Earth that could undoubtedly use an alien creature or two. As the player, you will control an intern who, at first, was to show the creatures to potential buyers, but who ends up being sent down a different journey once the deranged creatures manage to escape from their security containers after the ship is impacted by a large missile attack.
You can control the intern either with the Joy-Con, using the left analog stick to move him and the right one to move the camera, or use the Nintendo Switch’s screen when playing in Tabletop or Portable mode to click where you need to go and tap on the contraptions you need to activate to open and close doors so that the intern can escape from each area before the “pets” can eat him alive. I suggest that before you start a level, you zoom out to see what you’re up against, either by pressing the X button or using two fingers to “open up” the view – you will know what you’re dealing with and can plot the right path to the exit. If you want to, you can even play the game in this zoomed-out view which, yes, looks good even when playing on the console’s screen.
The first one you will meet is the Vermis, a killing machine that is packed with teeth, and which can sense the movement of other soon to dead creatures – it won’t stop until it hits a wall, which can be used to your advantage. Next up will be a creature named Sagittas, a sphere with a single eye that rolls around as it goes after its prey. You will meet other creatures during this puzzle game, and you can always pause the action and review more information about each creature’s taxonomy, anatomy, perception, movement, diet, and more. This is valuable information, as knowing this will make it easier to stay alive – or at least try to. At first, doors will open and close at the press (tap) of a button, but you will soon start to run into consoles that are color-coded, which means that the color of the console will dictate which doors are going to open once activated. There are other elements to take into consideration, but I don’t want to spoil things here!
If you want to 100% the game, you will need to check the list of tasks that you can complete for each level. For example, in the first tutorial level, if you don’t listen to Professor Lupo’s instructions – which will end up with the intern dying -, you will have completed said task. There will also be a book and a movie reel for you to collect, but those are usually trickier since most of the time they’re right next to a horrible pet or two. If you want to do everything you can do in the Aurora Space Station, you’re going to end up replaying levels over and over again!
Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets is an excellent and very addictive puzzle game that is a must-have on Nintendo Switch. With over 100 levels to finish, additional tasks to complete in each one of them, funny dialogue and character descriptions, a colorful and charming presentation that underplays the overall danger of each of the professor’s pets, this is an easy recommendation for Nintendo’s hybrid console.
This Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Beautifun Games.