To start this review, Genopets is more akin to a gamified fitness app than a full-fledged game. It encourages users to get out and achieve their step goals, which can be transferred into energy within the game. In Genopets, players are assigned randomly created pets that evolve as they gain XP from walking. My pet started as a small fish and has now transformed into a horse-like creature, which I find exciting to watch as it levels up.
Tracking steps is done through the integration of Google Fit, which requires an additional app download. Players set daily step targets, and their progress is converted into energy based on their pet's happiness level. The game incorporates a Tamagotchi-like aspect, allowing users to feed, play mini-games, and show love to their pets to increase their happiness.
The three mini-games are simple but enjoyable. Showing love to the pet involves stroking the screen with two fingers, while feeding and playing requires some timing skills to increase happiness.
Though the gameplay can be repetitive, focusing mainly on pet interaction, feeding, and playing with toys, it's still a pleasant 5-10 minute daily engagement. However, players interested in nurturing and bonding with their virtual pet may find more depth in the experience.
The collected energy can be used in habitats for crafting various items such as toys, cosmetics, and augments. These can be used with the pet or sold on the marketplace.
Genopets' graphics are decent on mobile, with engaging pet movements and enjoyable games. It's more of a pick-up-and-play game rather than one to spend hours on.
One drawback is that it doesn't neatly fit into the traditional gaming category, feeling like a blend between a fitness tool and virtual pet care. While it may not appeal to all players, those seeking a casual, gamified fitness experience might find it attractive.
Genopets features decent graphics on mobile, offering engaging pet movements and enjoyable games, making it ideal for pick-up-and-play sessions rather than extended gaming sessions. However, one drawback is that it doesn't neatly fit into the traditional gaming category, as it combines elements of a fitness tool and virtual pet care. While not appealing to all players, those looking for a casual, gamified fitness experience might find Genopets attractive.
Quick and easy setup process.
Engaging and interactive art style.
Enjoyable creature progression.
Limited game loop, potentially leading to repetitive gameplay.
Crafting mechanics feel completely separate from the core experience