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[PlayStation 4] Wild Dogs Review

[PlayStation 4] Wild Dogs Review
  • On May 9, 2023

Wild Dogs from QUByte Interactive and 2ndBoss is an old-school infused 2D run ‘n’ gun on PS4 in which you have to save New York. Learn more in our Wild Dogs review!


Wild Dogs from QUByte Interactive and 2ndBoss is an old-school infused 2D run ‘n’ gun on PS4 in which you have to save New York. You’re in New York, back in 1984. Aliens have invaded, and they’ve gotten past the city’s defense lines. General Thomas Preston declares an Omega Level emergency and requests the immediate activation of the Wild Dogs. The game is related to Biolab Wars, another run ‘n’ gun game from indie studio 2ndBoss.

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You and your canine companion have been authorized to use any resources necessary to get the job done. The game pays homage to classics in the genre, with Contra, in particular, being a big, big influence. There are also some vertical and horizontal shoot ‘em up segments thrown in here and there for some extra variety. Instead of having your character die after a single hit, Wild Dogs has an energy system, meaning that you can make some mistakes along the way before you lose a life. You can also collect power-ups to heal your wounds so that you can give it your all and fight the good fight.


You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping and double jumping with the X button and attacking with your weapon with the Square button. You can switch weapons with the Triangle button and aim lock with the R2 button. While your standard machine gun is more than capable of getting the job done, destroying weapon capsules to increase your arsenal will certainly help. You could add a spread gun, homing missiles, a mighty boomerang, or a powerful close-range flamethrower. When defeated, you’ll lose the special weapon you were using.

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For some areas, you’ll be using Teddy, your dog companion. You’ll also control it with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as he jumps with the X button. You will be able to make him run when you press the R2 button. This is a must in order to avoid the many traps on his path. He can also interact with switches by pressing up on the left analog stick or the D-Pad. Teddy will also get to pilot a mech!


You have three lives to complete a mission. Each mission is split into a handful of segments, during which you’ll battle against a mini-boss right before completing the area. And at the end of a mission, you’ll also have to fight against a big bad boss. This is why you should always destroy every single enemy on your path and collect all health power-ups to recover your energy. You’ll get an extra life for every 50,000 points added to your score. Complete a mission, and your progress will be saved. Get a game over, and you can continue at the start of the last mission you reached.

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Wild Dogs has a very old-school Game Boy color palette – you know, the pea soup green one – but you can also switch to other palettes with the L1 and R1 buttons. The General says this is because of the special lens needed to locate the aliens. The additional color palettes include one similar to the black and white Game Boy pocket, a blue one, an aqua one, a pink one, an orange one, and a very psychedelic purple, along with some brightness variations along the way. You can also activate some video filters for a pixel-perfect presentation, or a bilinear, smooth, CRT, or curved CRT filter.


Trophy-wise, the game has a full list with a Platinum trophy. The list includes 20 Bronze trophies, 2 Silver trophies, and 7 Gold trophies. The good news is that there are no missable trophies to worry about. As long as you play Wild Dogs from start to finish, you’ll get this Platinum trophy. The first trophy will pop when you defeat your first enemy. From there and on, you’ll get trophies for defeating each of the many mini-bosses in the game, the five different bosses, pilot the two mechs in the game and find a new friend.

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Wild Dogs is a simple-and-to-the-point 2D run ‘n’ gun game on PlayStation 4 that pays homage to classics in the genre, with a particular drive to channel the beloved Contra series. There are five levels to explore, dozens of mini-bosses to beat, and five bosses to defeat. Add a Platinum trophy to the mix, and it’s an easy one to recommend. Wild Dogs is out on PlayStation 4 at a $9.99 asking price.

This Wild Dogs review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by QUByte Interactive.

Review Overview

Can you and Teddy save the day and beat the aliens?