Dog Pile is a fun new Android game by JoshOCLock and ArtWitz Design. It’s really hard to put this game into one category. It’s kind of like they combined pachinko with a match game, and threw in some pinball in for good measure. I really wasn’t sure what to think at first. After a few minutes of listening to the quirky soundtrack, and watching the little pooches fly around the board, I was hooked. I finally finished all the levels, and here’s what I thought about this fun little game…
The controls are simple; you “launch” your dog guiding it through the obstacles, so you can match it with the ones below. To move on to the next level you have to clear the dogs from the pile before the timer runs out. You can also tilt your phone left or right to “roll” the dog one it’s been launched. There are bones scattered on the game board; you’ll definitely want to collect these as you use them to buy gear for your pups. The stages are very interactive, and there are many funky little gizmos added as the levels progress. You’ll start out with some simple bumpers, but as the game progresses, there are quite a few elements to interact with. You’ll see trampolines, punchers, and you will even have to deal with a little anti-gravity on the space stages.
As of now, you can play two stages; Carnival and Space Challenge. Each stage has nine levels that get a bit harder as the game progresses. The graphics & animations are all very well done; it ran smoothly on my Captivate with no glitches. The audio really stood out to me, and the sound effects were great. This was one game where I didn’t want to mute the music or sound effects. You can use your bones collecting during the game to buy glasses, hats, and dog packs from the store. There are 4 different “dog packs,” and twelve hats & glasses sets. They included a special Easter pack that changes your dogs into eggs, chickens and bunnies, nice touch!
The game is very polished for a first release, and great fun to play. There may not be many stages yet, but I have a feeling it won’t be long before there’s another stage released. If I had one compliant, it’s that I can’t get the background music from the Carnival stage out of my head. It’s not playable on all devices, but will work on tablets. Either way, you will need to make sure your running Android 2.2 or higher. If you’d like to try Dog Pile, you can grab the free or paid version over at the Android Market.