After bringing us the Guns’n’Glory tower defense/real time strategy hybrids, it only made sense for HandyGames to try something new. Whatever it was, you could count on it being creative and polished, and that’s exactly what we get in Save the Puppies. It’s a Sokoban-style puzzle game involving puppies, kittens and a very flexible wiener dog, and it’s great.
After all the puppies in the neighborhood are taken away, it’s up to you as the wiener dog to save them. You only need navigate each level and touch all the caged puppies to free them, but there’s a catch. Like the arcade classic Snake, your dog can grow in size by eating weenies (isn’t that kind of cannibalistic?). Eventually, he gets large enough to use his own body as a bridge, but he’ll then be too big for some areas. You also have to deal with cats that run directly away from you, and big sleeping old dogs that block your way, but they’ll move once something steps on their tail.
The art of the game is great, as expected, as is the design. There are also a few fun unlockables, and you can link the game to your Facebook account for some perks. This free version of the game comes with some limitations though. Not only is it ad-supported, but you only get so many steps (literally) to use every day in-game. Even if you’re in the middle of a puzzle, once you’re out, you’re out, and must stop. It’s not intolerable, but you’ll have to upgrade to the premium version to make it stop. Still, it’s worth playing for any puzzle fanatic.