Amy and Jack has finally settled in Snuggford, where they run a famous animal clinic. Things get turned upside down when Alice, Amy’s estranged mother re-entered her life out of nowhere. Can you help balance Amy’s professional career and her personal life in this latest additional to Gamehouse Original Stories.
Out of all the Gamehouse Original Stories games, I feel like Dr. Cares is the series that is least being talked about. While the past two games were far from perfect, they showed some interesting promises. This third game takes Amy outside her usual pet clinic and explores veterinarian opportunities beyond that. This includes a horse stables, an aquarium, and an educational center. This wildlife approach gives the Dr. Cares series a new twist and takes the series to new heights with creative tasks and a fresh environment.
Dr. Cares: Family Practice also adds another great new feature, which is the ability to make choices that shape the storyline. I only played through the game once and did not get the chance to replay and switch my choices. However, from the way the game presents itself, it really does seem like the choices actually influence the storyline. This is definitely a smart approach to get the player even more engaged with the game and quite surprisingly considering that the Time Management genre implemented this option before the HOPA genre.
All its merits aside, Dr. Cares: Family Practice still suffers from major issues. The game offers three difficulty modes – Beginner, Normal, and Expert. Regardless, the game remains pretty easy throughout its 60 levels even on the Expert mode. The pace is much slower than what I used to from other Snuggford games and the actions can get extremely tedious after a while.
The game also include a pet room, where you can purchase pets, play with them, and decorate their rooms – a nice, but totally unnecessary feature. On the production side, Dr. Cares: Family Practice hits all the right marks. The colorful and lively palette is appropriate for the game and the upbeat music complements it well.