Gotta hand it to Ngmoco for mixing it up and not standing still. Ngmoco has posted details about their next game for the iPhone and iPod Touch: TouchPets Dogs.

In Touch Pets Dogs, players adopt, nurture and play with their virtual puppies through one-on-one touch screen interaction or on play dates with other players’ dogs from around the world. The ambitious Touch Pets social network, embedded within the game, allows owners and dogs alike to build relationships with other players and their Touch Pets. Puppies’ social lives continue to evolve whether their owners are logged into the game or not, and the results are broadcast for the world to see on the Touch Pets social network dog feed.

The design of Touch Pets is led by Andrew Stern, one of the original creators of Virtual Babyz, Dogz and Catz.

The 3-D pups can be personalized with new clothing, accessories, toys, grooming tools and other doggie gear. There are 5 breeds to choose from, and can be trained to fetch, catch and do tricks using a variety of touch and tilt controls. Dogs can grow into one of 5 careers (Crime-fighting, Science, Rescue, Fashion and Political tracks) with dozens of career missions available to play.

Ngmoco provides this trailer video:

We first heard mention of TouchPets Dogs at the iPhone Intelligence Party at Macworld San Francisco 2009 in early January. The game is due for a Spring 2009 release.

  • good

    "gotta hand it ngmoco...?" for what? for finally eking in to the top 10 with a light version of their loco roco/dizzy bee rip off? Or are they going to update one of their games finally.

    You've really got nothing better to report than ngmoco's next banner vehicle.

  • good

    "gotta hand it ngmoco...?" for what? for finally eking in to the top 10 with a light version of their loco roco/dizzy bee rip off? Or are they going to update one of their games finally.

    You've really got nothing better to report than ngmoco's next banner vehicle.

  • fonix

    In reply to "good": Can you tell us what iPhone app/game you authored, so we have a frame of reference for your comment? I've been very pleased with the offerings thus far from ngmoco, but I'll give your app a shot and give you some honest feedback as well. In fact, I look forward to it!

  • fonix

    In reply to "good": Can you tell us what iPhone app/game you authored, so we have a frame of reference for your comment? I've been very pleased with the offerings thus far from ngmoco, but I'll give your app a shot and give you some honest feedback as well. In fact, I look forward to it!

  • Josh

    @good -- Really? Finally eking in the top 10? You can't be serious. Rolando was in the top 10 for weeks after it's release. Even if it shared the likeness of any other game, who cares? Might as well shoot down Gears of War for being like Halo, or Doom. Stupid comment. Sorry.

    As for the lack of updates... really? They recently updated Dropship to fix the one error that people where having. They post downloadable levels every so often. Topple is getting an update in the form of a whole new version (Right fully named, Topple2). Dr. Awesome doesn't really need an update, it worked perfectly right out the door. As did Rolando.

    Would you rather a company post out updates with small, stupid changes and bug fixes... or get it right from release and only post updates when they are actually needed?

  • Josh

    @good -- Really? Finally eking in the top 10? You can't be serious. Rolando was in the top 10 for weeks after it's release. Even if it shared the likeness of any other game, who cares? Might as well shoot down Gears of War for being like Halo, or Doom. Stupid comment. Sorry.

    As for the lack of updates... really? They recently updated Dropship to fix the one error that people where having. They post downloadable levels every so often. Topple is getting an update in the form of a whole new version (Right fully named, Topple2). Dr. Awesome doesn't really need an update, it worked perfectly right out the door. As did Rolando.

    Would you rather a company post out updates with small, stupid changes and bug fixes... or get it right from release and only post updates when they are actually needed?

  • good

    loco roco and dizzy bee.

  • good

    loco roco and dizzy bee.

  • Spoon Tangy

    I agree with good, mostly.

    I hope fonix doesn't mind someone else who isn't writing games having an opinion about companies that publish them, but I'm tired of the over-hyping of NG whose most interesting game so far has been all of the price-dropping/baiting they've been playing with us.

  • Spoon Tangy

    I agree with good, mostly.

    I hope fonix doesn't mind someone else who isn't writing games having an opinion about companies that publish them, but I'm tired of the over-hyping of NG whose most interesting game so far has been all of the price-dropping/baiting they've been playing with us.

  • Dean

    Intersting. Hope they give us more info soon!

  • Dean

    Intersting. Hope they give us more info soon!

  • spiffyone

    @fonix: Do you write books? Are you a filmmaker? Recording artist? Professional athlete? No? Well...I bet you still have opinions, some quite harsh, on books, films, music, and sports. I don't agree with good; I'm just sayin'....

    @good: don't do the troll on this site. You can troll the game, but the site? C'mon. ngmoco did not pay Arn for a good Rolando review. The game does have its fans. You are not one of them? Fine. But don't go accusing Arn of "selling out" simply because he, like me and others, enjoyed the game and thought it well done.

  • spiffyone

    @fonix: Do you write books? Are you a filmmaker? Recording artist? Professional athlete? No? Well...I bet you still have opinions, some quite harsh, on books, films, music, and sports. I don't agree with good; I'm just sayin'....

    @good: don't do the troll on this site. You can troll the game, but the site? C'mon. ngmoco did not pay Arn for a good Rolando review. The game does have its fans. You are not one of them? Fine. But don't go accusing Arn of "selling out" simply because he, like me and others, enjoyed the game and thought it well done.

  • http://www.shanenassiri.com Shane

    I thought MazeFinger was pretty good.

    Although you could argue that was a rip off of that Arcade finger flame game.

  • http://www.shanenassiri.com Shane

    I thought MazeFinger was pretty good.

    Although you could argue that was a rip off of that Arcade finger flame game.

  • lynch

    technically, or at least how i understand it, topple2 will be a seperate app than topple, but if its an update, then i'll be happy, but isn't it free now, guess i should of not jumped on the bandwagon and bought it right out front, i dont play it that much, which means i am prob. not that interested in topple 2

    but to get back on this topic,
    im not much of a sim fan, or a sim fan that i have to take care of, i have two dogs as it is, and they give me all the love, and all the sh*t [luckily outside, they are past the cute, sh*ting inside puppy phase] i can handle..

    so i think i will pass

  • lynch

    technically, or at least how i understand it, topple2 will be a seperate app than topple, but if its an update, then i'll be happy, but isn't it free now, guess i should of not jumped on the bandwagon and bought it right out front, i dont play it that much, which means i am prob. not that interested in topple 2

    but to get back on this topic,
    im not much of a sim fan, or a sim fan that i have to take care of, i have two dogs as it is, and they give me all the love, and all the sh*t [luckily outside, they are past the cute, sh*ting inside puppy phase] i can handle..

    so i think i will pass

  • Josh

    @lynch --- Yeah, my bad. You are right, "Topple Too" will be a completely new game, more of a continuation I guess. Hopefully they launch it at .99 cents.

    And as far as lack of updates... Ngmoco just posted this; http://twitter.com/ngmoco/status/1224172641 --- should make a lot of people happy!

  • Josh

    @lynch --- Yeah, my bad. You are right, "Topple Too" will be a completely new game, more of a continuation I guess. Hopefully they launch it at .99 cents.

    And as far as lack of updates... Ngmoco just posted this; http://twitter.com/ngmoco/status/1224172641 --- should make a lot of people happy!

  • Ataru

    NgMoco really need to learn the value of originality. They hindered the release of Rolando by stealing LocoRoco's art style, and now they have this shockingly blatant Nintendogs ripp off.

  • Ataru

    NgMoco really need to learn the value of originality. They hindered the release of Rolando by stealing LocoRoco's art style, and now they have this shockingly blatant Nintendogs ripp off.

  • arn

    Ataru: The creater of this game is the creator of Petz and Dogz which came out in 1995. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petz

    "Petz were the world's first virtual pets, first released before Tamagotchi. They were among the first 3D characters, rendered in a non-photorealistic cartoon style. Petz has sold over 3 million copies worldwide, and appeals to both children and adults."

    So, Nintendogs might have ripped this off. :)

  • arn

    Ataru: The creater of this game is the creator of Petz and Dogz which came out in 1995. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petz

    "Petz were the world's first virtual pets, first released before Tamagotchi. They were among the first 3D characters, rendered in a non-photorealistic cartoon style. Petz has sold over 3 million copies worldwide, and appeals to both children and adults."

    So, Nintendogs might have ripped this off. :)

  • good

    I love the site and look at it constantly. Would never trash the site. Ngmoco on the hand....

  • good

    I love the site and look at it constantly. Would never trash the site. Ngmoco on the hand....

  • kinl

    And I wouldn't say LocoRoco introduced that particular art style.

    How can it be a bad move as a production company to have different types of quality games that appeal to more types of gamer.

    It looks really nicely done from the trailer and we need more quality titles on the iPhone like this.

  • kinl

    And I wouldn't say LocoRoco introduced that particular art style.

    How can it be a bad move as a production company to have different types of quality games that appeal to more types of gamer.

    It looks really nicely done from the trailer and we need more quality titles on the iPhone like this.

  • aen

    woopsy doopsy cutie pie

  • aen

    woopsy doopsy cutie pie

  • JC

    I'm looking forward to "touchpets" chimpanzee! LMAO! jk couldn't resist.

  • JC

    I'm looking forward to "touchpets" chimpanzee! LMAO! jk couldn't resist.

  • bacaramac

    I really like the idea of this game. My daughter has a DS and plays these games all the time. It would be nice to ditch the DS and get her an iPod Touch (games are cheaper).

    The only hope is that Apple introduces more parental controls in the settings menu that applies to games. The idea of standard game ratings and a parental control for the rating and then one for online access, etc.

  • bacaramac

    I really like the idea of this game. My daughter has a DS and plays these games all the time. It would be nice to ditch the DS and get her an iPod Touch (games are cheaper).

    The only hope is that Apple introduces more parental controls in the settings menu that applies to games. The idea of standard game ratings and a parental control for the rating and then one for online access, etc.

  • http://toucharcade.com/2009/02/13/transgaming-to-deliver-puzzle-quest-chapter-2-as-free-update/#comments Pablo19

    After the Rolando FAIL (for me, not them) I won't be purchasing this, this is more for the guys that also buy sally's salon and ipregnancy test. Sorry just HATE ngmoco (although I've purchased a couple* of their games)

    *all

  • http://toucharcade.com/2009/02/13/transgaming-to-deliver-puzzle-quest-chapter-2-as-free-update/#comments Pablo19

    After the Rolando FAIL (for me, not them) I won't be purchasing this, this is more for the guys that also buy sally's salon and ipregnancy test. Sorry just HATE ngmoco (although I've purchased a couple* of their games)

    *all

  • Adams Immersive

    Re: "The only hope is that Apple introduces more parental controls in the settings menu that applies to games. The idea of standard game ratings and a parental control for the rating and then one for online access, etc."

    A workaround for now: You can restrict app installation on the phone itself (under Restrictions). Then parents can enter a code to install apps using the phone, but kids will only be able to get apps via iTunes. And iTunes has the very feature you describe, in Preferences under Parental Control. Games on the app store are all rated by ages, from 4 to 17+, and you set which age levels are available to purchase.

  • Adams Immersive

    Re: "The only hope is that Apple introduces more parental controls in the settings menu that applies to games. The idea of standard game ratings and a parental control for the rating and then one for online access, etc."

    A workaround for now: You can restrict app installation on the phone itself (under Restrictions). Then parents can enter a code to install apps using the phone, but kids will only be able to get apps via iTunes. And iTunes has the very feature you describe, in Preferences under Parental Control. Games on the app store are all rated by ages, from 4 to 17+, and you set which age levels are available to purchase.

  • Adams Immersive

    Credit where it's due: I don't see reason to "hate" ngmoco, and then to assume that all developers who work with ngmoco must make bad games. Most ngmoco apps are free, and of the paid ones I've read reviews and tried only Dropship and Dr. Awesome. I'm happy with both, but Dr. Awesome especially is a favorite.

    I say judge TouchPets based on the game itself, not on the developer's decision to work with ngmoco. Which ngmoco games are SO bad--for everyone--that such a boycott of TouchPets would make sense?

  • Adams Immersive

    Credit where it's due: I don't see reason to "hate" ngmoco, and then to assume that all developers who work with ngmoco must make bad games. Most ngmoco apps are free, and of the paid ones I've read reviews and tried only Dropship and Dr. Awesome. I'm happy with both, but Dr. Awesome especially is a favorite.

    I say judge TouchPets based on the game itself, not on the developer's decision to work with ngmoco. Which ngmoco games are SO bad--for everyone--that such a boycott of TouchPets would make sense?

  • Sam

    @Pable19 Why do you hate ngmoco? They don't force you to buy there games. They put a lot of effort into publishing them. Why not hat DS affects or AAplications instead?

  • Sam

    *their, hate, effects

  • Sam

    @Pable19 Why do you hate ngmoco? They don't force you to buy there games. They put a lot of effort into publishing them. Why not hat DS affects or AAplications instead?

  • Sam

    *their, hate, effects

  • Jesper

    the graphics look really neat

  • Jesper

    the graphics look really neat

  • PublicFarley

    Mamma's basement dwellers *love* to hate on successful companies.

    Ngmoco publish some great iPhone games. Period.

  • PublicFarley

    Mamma's basement dwellers *love* to hate on successful companies.

    Ngmoco publish some great iPhone games. Period.

  • good

    We don't have a basement in our house and I only hate ngmoco

  • good

    We don't have a basement in our house and I only hate ngmoco

  • Timothy R

    Looks cool. I'll keep an eye out for this one.

  • Timothy R

    Looks cool. I'll keep an eye out for this one.

  • andrea

    @ Ataru: "NgMoco really need to learn the value of originality. They hindered the release of Rolando by stealing LocoRoco’s art style, and now they have this shockingly blatant Nintendogs ripp off."

    Fine, then what should we say about Gameloft?

  • andrea

    @ Ataru: "NgMoco really need to learn the value of originality. They hindered the release of Rolando by stealing LocoRoco’s art style, and now they have this shockingly blatant Nintendogs ripp off."

    Fine, then what should we say about Gameloft?

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