To The Rescue!, the heartfelt dog shelter management simulator from developer Little Rock Games and publisher Freedom Games, adopts an Autumn 2021 release window for Nintendo Switch alongside Steam on Windows PC and Mac.
Players get to build a shelter and help stray pups find good new homes with loving families. You also get to construct an ideal environment to meet the needs of man’s best friend and maximize their chances to be adopted. Caring for dozens of doggos (I hate this word) is rewarding, but the mission has its share of challenges as well.
Every pooch has their own personality. It’s important to get to know each dog and find out what makes them unique. People have their preferences too, so learning what they’re looking for in a pupper (seriously I don’t enjoy this) is critical when making matches that will last a lifetime.
The systems that save the dogs
Between visits from potential pet parents, there’s never a dull moment. Shelters have plenty of mouths to feed and treating illnesses like kennel cough is always a concern. Then there are logistics to worry about. It takes no shortage of supplies to keep the operation up and running.
Meanwhile, someone has to manage the finances and make sure to keep the lights on. Shelters need to be thrifty and make hard decisions. Hiring staff and dealing with investors is as much a part of the job as scritching Rex behind the ears and giving Fido belly rubs. There can be tough times, but at the end of the day helping dogs find their forever homes is always worth it.
“The challenges dog shelters and their volunteers face every day truly inspire us, said Olivia Dunlap, co-founder, Little Rock Games. It’s a setting we felt was ripe for exploration in games and we look forward to bringing this world to Nintendo Switch and Steam later this year.”
I’m impressed with the details of To The Rescue! showcasing how you can take care of the young pups. It feels like a AAA title Tamagotchi. Upgrading the shelter, setting up your character as well as your own companion and helping all these puppies of various shapes and sizes. I wonder how deep the details will go, though. At such a low price will it be the true simulator gamers are looking for? I hope it will be.
To The Rescue! will be available in late 2021 for the Nintendo Switch as well as Steam on PC and Mac for $19.99. The development team pledges 20 per cent of profits to pet shelters. Which I have to say is pretty sweet.
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