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Play These Scruffy Dog Simulators

Ruff! Ruff!

Posted on July 10, 2013, at 1:35 p.m. ET

Dogs and videogames: Everybody loves them. They both bring meaning to millions of otherwise cheerless lives. So why in Air Bud's good name is there not a great dog simulator? I'm only half joking compadres! If Maxis could make Sim Ant a classic, why can't the great game studios in the world today make a game in which you play as a dog? Think about it: a dog videogame. Yep, that's right.

And don't give me Nintendogs or Fable 2. I'm not barking about a game in which you care for a dog. I mean a game in which you play as a dog. Yep, that's right. A dog.

Well, leave it to the good-natured scamps (like all the best dogs) behind Molyjam Deux to inspire a bunch of amateur game developers to make some games about dogs!

Basically, Molyjam Deux asked developers to create games really fast based on quotes from the legendary and legendarily vague developer Peter Molyneux. And a few of them had to do with DOGS!:

Part of the fun of dogs is they misbehave and can be enormously embarrassing to the owner.

If you love your dog, we're gonna mess with your mind, man. You're not going to be able to go to bed.

Here's what the participants created over the course of three days (they're rough, but playable):

The Dog Dates of Summer

"A series of mini games about the difficulty of going on a date while caring for a dog."


"In Loyal, you play as Duke, trying to make your owner's life as happy and perfect as you possibly can."

Come on Boy... Let's Go Fishing

"Take Fido for a walk and see what you can find!"

Lost Dog

"An instant classic in the lost dog marco polo genre."

Good Boy!

"As you take your dog out for his daily needs, can you make him behave properly or will his actions perpetually embarrass you?"

The Dog Whisperer

"Prevent your beloved canine companion from dying by spike or by fire."

Dog of Love

"A game about a dog who helps people find true love."


"You must clean up after a puppy and make sure it's life is a happy one."

Faux Paws

"You play as the dog — you get points for doing embarrassing things, and even more points for doing them in front of the Queen!"


"Help Mrs. Scruffles fetch the mail!"

Doggie Doggie!

"Get your dog back to prevent him from creating havoc, and embarass you with your fellow townsfolk!"

Moly Dog

"A frenzied action arcade experience that puts you between the snapping jaws and damp thighs of a particularly obnoxious canine companion."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.