For those gamers that love to care for animals Wauies – The Pet Shop Game allows you to do just that with a range of cats, dogs and other animals to fill your very own pet shop. Taking over all elements of the pet shop from the financial management to layout design and stocking of your favourite pets to sell to customers, the pet shop is entirely in your control.
Wauies – The Pet Shop Game is a “from the ground up” experience with players starting from the bottom with a fairly small business and given the keys to ownership and full control right at the start to shape the pet shop as they see fit. As the store owner turning this pet shop into a thriving enterprise is in your hands which means balancing the books, stocking a wide range of pets and most importantly keeping them cared for.
Gameplay is similar to other games that Upjers has produced over the years with UI and core mechanics easy to learn for those that have played their other titles or management games in general. What this means for players is that you’ll find yourself buying various pens for your store that are each designed for different animals to live and play in. From the basic starting woven pens to upholstered and even sand all animals are catered for. This design not only adds an element of realism to Wauies – The Pet Shop but also gives you that sense of progression as you advance to more unique and interesting pens for animals and in turn unlocking new ones to sell within your store.
Each of these pens is then upgradeable with food and water bowels, play equipment and pools which provides efficiency benefits from being able to care for all pets at once to improved chance of breeding which can help store profits alongside being incredibly cute and giving you an added objective to manage.
Players won’t be selling many pets without actual pets in their pens though which is the second important step in the game cycle which is making productive and efficient selections for stocking pets. The majority of pets in Wauies are cat or dog breeds but does include ferrets, teacup pigs and capybaras for those wanting something more exotic to make your pet shop more attractive. To add a layer of strategy each animal is popular with a different demographic (children, women, men, elderly) and a rarity rating which determines the average profit you’ll make for selling them to customers.
Ultimately the best balance will be found to have a broad depth of pets to appeal to all demographics and a healthy supply of common pets to turnover quickly at lower profit margin while also balancing the more exotic varieties for higher profits which turnover more slowly alongside higher initial investment cost. Customers make clear requests to purchase certain animals which helps provide vital information on the popularity of each pet and the demographic preferences.
Regardless of the strategy you employ though keeping customers happy is the best way to achieve a profitable pet shop and can be further enhanced by catering to their pet needs, offering decorations and amenities. Players can also keep their own companion animal who can be used to cheer up customers as they walk around the store.
Wauies – The Pet Shop Game has plenty to keep you engaged with depth well ahead of most other games in the pet management genre. Beyond the features already discussed above this includes long term objectives such as expanding to a multi level pet store, the ability to make your own food, puzzle pieces to collect and plenty of achievements to strive for.
- Run your own pet shop, focusing on breeding animals and matching customer tastes to satisfy them.
- Raise your own pet companion to keep customers happy as they walk around your pet shop.
- Decorate the store with pens, plants, shelves of products and a nursery.
- Expand over multiple levels and hire your own staff to continue your pet shop empire expansion.
- Free to play game available through the Upjers Home platform for Windows and Linux.
Review Platform: PC