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[Nintendo Switch] Pups and Purrs Pet Shop Review

[Nintendo Switch] Pups and Purrs Pet Shop Review
  • On September 15, 2023

Pups and Purrs Pet Shop from Aksys Games is a chill and cozy management sim in which you’ll care for and nurture many animal friends. Check our Pups and Purrs Pet Shop review!


Pups and Purrs Pet Shop from Aksys Games is a chill and cozy management sim in which you’ll care for and nurture many animal friends. By taking on the Story Mode for Pups and Purrs Pet Shop, you’ll aim to become the best staff ever! But before you can do that, you’ll need to take a moment to customize the character you’ll be playing as during your time with the game. I enlisted my daughter’s help for this review, and here’s how things went for us!

Once you select your first and last name, you’ll get a chance to customize your character’s look by choosing from the different faces – eight in total – for your character. Next up will be choosing their eye color from the six available options. You can also pick from three different hairstyles and then choose from six different hair colors. Once you rotate your character and zoom in and out to get a better look, you can confirm your choices with the X button so that you can get started.

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You’ll literally start your time with Pups and Purrs Pet Shop by experiencing your character’s first day working at the pet shop in town. Working at the pet shop has been her dream job, and it’s up to you to learn alongside her as you try to give it your best effort. You’ll be greeted by Mai Akai, who is the shop’s manager. You’re not the only one who will start to work at the pet shop today! You’ll meet Shun Shimizu, your new coworker, right before the manager gives you both your instructions.


Once you use the locker to put on your work apron, you’ll be asked to take part in the online morning meeting with the shop’s owner. During this meeting, you’ll meet owner Yuko Fujiwara, who also happens to run some other shops around town. After the day’s meeting is over, it will be time to get your hands dirty – after a short break. Everything that you do at the pet shop will be for the well-being of the different cats and dogs under your care.

You’ll have to check on the pets every day and make sure that you keep things under control. This includes trimming a pet, brushing a pet, shampooing a pet, feeding a pet, or taking care of some paw trimming. There will also need to be someone who listens to what customers are asking for, right? Well, that would also sometimes need to be you! But for now, your first task will be to feed the animals.

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For the feeding mini-game, you’ll have to fill the bowl with the pet’s favorite food! To do this, tilt the left analog stick to pour some food into the bowl to try and fill it up. You need to stop tilting the food bag at the right time so that you can hit the corresponding mark. The better your timing is when pouring the food for that pet, the higher your overall score will be! The tricky part is that at some point, the number displayed for how much food you’ve poured will disappear, so you’ll need to calculate how much is needed to get as close to a perfect score as possible.


Getting good at a mini-game will also increase the difficulty for subsequent tries. You’ll start as a Rank 1 employee, and based on your performance, you’ll be able to climb higher and higher. You’ll be earning yourself some Pups Purrs points, as well as some work stamps for your efforts. The more tasks that you perform, the higher your Rank will be. Being a higher Rank employee will make it possible for you to play more mini-games as you progress further and further in your new career.

The more you play the game, the better you’ll get and the more tasks you’ll unlock to take care of during subsequent days. Time passes along even if you’re not doing anything, so you’ll have to make the most of each of your days at the pet shop and plan accordingly! When brushing a pet, you’ll need to do it nice and gently by pressing the A button when the brush goes between the dotted lines. Brush a pet correctly to earn as many points as possible and make it happy! Just be careful if you brush outside the dotted lines, or else you won’t be able to brush for a bit. But if you’re fast enough, you’ll get a time bonus!

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By playing and completing more and more mini-games, the shop’s popularity gauge will increase. This is a parameter you won’t be able to see, but it will be easy to understand that the shop is increasing in popularity just by checking how many people visit the shop and how often they do so. Working the register means you’ll have to use the scanner to read the barcodes and must sometimes tilt it to get it at just the right angle to read a barcode. Do it as fast as possible to earn a bonus!

Your character will be judged by the frequency and quality of your work. As you can probably guess by now, your pay will depend on your evaluation results! The more work you do – and the better you’re at it – the better your pay will be. Your workload affects your pay, so you better stay motivated and pay attention to what you’re doing at all times. The more stamps you have at the end of the day, the better your pay. You can also try to complete challenges to earn additional Pups Purrs points.


There are plenty of challenges to complete, so if you’re the type of gamer who likes to 100% games, you’ll certainly be playing for a while! There are challenges tied to playing the mini-games and getting a good score. Other challenges are for increasing your character’s Rank. You’ll also complete challenges by welcoming many pups and purrs into the pet shop. You can even complete challenges by working the register! Who knows, completing some challenges might reward you with some bonus items to customize the pets.

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Pups and Purrs Pet Shop is a chill and cozy management sim in which you’ll care for and nurture many animal friends. As you brush them, feed them, shampoo them, play with them, and more, you’ll be completing a series of short mini-games to try to get the best score possible to prove that you know what you’re doing. The money earned from your hard work can be spent at night to get your character some new tops, bottoms, socks, shoes, and even new aprons for work! You can also go to the salon to change your hairstyle or hair color. Pups and Purrs Pet Shop is out on Nintendo Switch with a $39.99 price tag.

This Pups and Purrs Pet Shop review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Aksys Games.

Review Overview

Chill and cozy management sim in which you'll care for and nurture many animal friends