A Parent’s Guide to I Became a Dog (App/Game)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

I Became a Dog by We like games

Type: Dog, Mystery, Simulation

Basic Plot: A person wakes up one day as a dog. Confused, he must find out how to cope in his new surroundings and eventually what happened to him.


Game Play and Plot: 4/5 Well Done: This app is definitely deeper than a lot out there, though in a way that can scare an innocent child for a good amount of time. It confronts questions on the meaning of life and deals with the dog eat dog world concept. While fascinating, some of it may be a little

Graphics: 3/5 Average: The graphics are simple pixel ones that bring back the memories of Gameboy Color graphics. In a way, it can be enduring and unique, as well as suits the needs of the game, but some may just look at it as old fashioned.

Music: 3/5 Average: The only song of the game is an eerie tune that is thankfully not an ear worm or too repetitive, merely setting a feel for the game.

Moral: 2/5 Unsatisfactory Moral: The moral of the game is seen in its multiple endings. In the best ending, (major spoiler) the man decides that being a dog where one is cared for and loved is better than being a man with responsibilities and a nagging wife. While some may look at this as humor, others may see it as pushing a lesson of laziness and a lack of responsibility.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: The saving grace of this game is its unique storyline. While dark and even a little depressing, adults and teenagers looking for a quick mystery game will enjoy I Became a Dog.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Brief Suggestive Content: A man and a dog kiss, for non-romantic reasons (though a few hearts do show up). One dog claims that another dog is “his” and is attracted to her.

The main character farts to attract beetles.

Violence: 2/5 Brief Violence: A dog is blown up with a bomb. Dogs get in fights.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 1/5 Brief Misuse: “Bastard” is misused once.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2½/5 Some Disturbing and Emotional Content: One can find a dead puppy that was hidden in a piece of furniture. Dogs can be blown up, leaving the dog in a dead heap. A dog can be left to die. A dog threatens to kill others, and other dogs are locked in cages. A man asks a dog to not bite him. Some of the dogs eating faces are a little creepy.

Religious Issues: 0/5 None

Magic: 1/5 Possible Magic: One could see that a man turning into a dog and vise versa being a kind of magic. A dog says a word that somehow increases another dog’s abilities.

Others: The main character said he had been “drinking like a fish” before he became a dog. He is later yelled at for being a drinker. One ending shows him saying he does not care and that he will go back to drinking.

Overall: 2 /5 Because of the animal deaths and violence, I would recommend someone be twelve to fourteen before playing. Even at that age though, some people would still be disturbed at the sight of dead puppies and blown up dogs. (To get a better idea of what they look like, you may want to search YouTube.) Others, though, are not bothered by this, and would be just fine even if younger than twelve.


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