In my busy house with two boys, two full-time working parents and a cat who pretty much takes care of herself, there is no room for a dog. But luckily, there’s a new free app that fills in the empty void where a fluffy dog would be. Cubedog is the newest virtual pet but unlike its predecessors, this app takes the pet play to the next level.
I knew immediately that this would be great for kids–it’s bright, colorful, extremely easy to set up–but I’ll be honest, I was selfish and played with it myself. My boys don’t have the same longing for a dog that I do, so I wanted this experience for myself.
The app comes with some basic features that allow for some fun combinations of eyes, color and frame. You can pay for additional art packs, which I wish had one or two samples included in the basic offering. As much as I liked what I created, it did leave me wanting to spend the extra money. I’m sure my son would have made that happen because he likes to press buttons on my phone, especially after I’ve logged into iTunes and he can buy whatever he wants.
But the best part of it was being able to pay with the little guy I named Fido. I’ve never had to name a dog so I went with the name my son has been throwing around which I’m sure he picked up from a book or tv show because, again, we do not have dogs in this house. *tear* There were different settings that allowed you to tickle him which I saw his little cube dog body delight from my swiping across the screen. Unlike other virtual pets, my Cube Dog Fido seemed to have only one setting: HAPPY!
There could be some other improvements that would elevate how wonderful and fun this app already is. If I could mute the cruise-ship-in-the-Bahamas-music and listen to my iTunes library, I would have loved that. I think it’s a great start for the free version and definitely worth paying for the extras. It brightened my adult heart and I know my kids will have the same experience.
Don’t forget to check their facebook page for a fun contest running June 13-17th!
Disclosure: While Cube Dog provided me with the app to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Cube Dog, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.