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Pet Shop Hop (Bigfishgames.com)

Cassie wants to take over the family business but Minerva Mink (Mr. Big’s daughter) wants to buy it out.  In order to convince her family not to sell the pet shop, Cassie has to run it and double their profits.

First, let me just say that there are some misconceptions about pet shops in this game.  When you can sell hedgehogs, the description says that they’re very easy to take care of.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Read this article to see that you need to be prepared to care for one.  Many people that aren’t abandon the poor hedgehog.  Owning one is actually illegal in some parts of the United States and Canada.  Another thing is that when you can sell dogs and cats, the game says that they come from animal shelters.  While some pet shops take in rescues of these animals, ordinary pet shops like the one in the game get them from brutal practices such as puppy milling.  You might think playing this game makes me a hypocrite but all it says is that I can separate fiction from reality, something many people can’t do.

The story is quite simplistic like every game in the dash series.  I don’t get why Minerva’s last name is Mink if she’s Mr. Big’s daughter but it’s not important.  Before each level, you have to purchase pets for the shop.  Then you have to sell enough to reach the required goal.  Try for expert if you feel up to it.  There are some levels where Flo will visit your shop and make your customers happy.  In other levels, Minerva will visit and have the opposite effect.  In addition to purchasing pets, you can also buy upgrades for your shop.

The game is fun and addictive.  I give it 8 out of 10, another game for animal lovers.

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2 thoughts on “Pet Shop Hop (Bigfishgames.com)

  1. Thanks a lot for your comments. I wish more people would realize the truth about pet shops and take their pets from shelters instead. And no, there’s no hypocrisy because we are grown-ups and can distinguish the line between the cute-looking game and the not-so-cute reality. I happily fry virtual burgers, clean virtual homes, take care of virtual children and sometimes even kill virtual people. How does that translate to real-life? Well, I’m a vegetarian, I hate tidying up, I’m no fan of children and I went as far as even raising my voice to someone only once or twice in my life. So I’m totally with you on this one.

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