A Mutt's Purpose

Player Rating3.14/8

"#796 overall, #94 for 2014"
based on 165 ratings since 10/12/2014
played 1,706 times (finished 228)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

Maturity Level3/8

"must be at least this tall to play"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 10. If this were a movie, it would probably be between G and PG.

This is a game where you get to decide if you stay a stray or not. You're a female. Sorry, but the story would be ruined if you were a male.

Player Comments

This story was coherent, but it was trash.

First off, was it really so hard to write some new pages or take away some of the options after they had been chosen already so that there weren't all these endless loops? For example, if the dog runs into the forest after being with the people, they have an option to go back to the road, which leads to the same exact situation with the people as before. That could have easily been fixed if the author had just taken a little extra time to write a new page where the dog decides to go back to the people instead of starting the whole interaction over again.

And that same choice is labelled, "I've played this game before!" Although it usually is not, fourth wall breaking can be pulled off and can be funny. This was not one of those situations. It was annoying and cringy and the first thing that really brought out my contempt for this story. In fact, just thinking about it wants me to go lower my rating. I'm going to do that after this is posted.

If you don't go with the humans, this becomes a wolf-imitation story. Sure, I was almost amused when the dog ate the nuts *hehe* and didn't like them, but the story was too far gone for moments like that to be of any use.

And the dog gives its puppy a "proper burial"? Since when do dogs give one another proper burials? Did it make sure to bury it on consecrated ground? What the hell is that?

Then there's a dreadful romance page that if you don't go along with you end up dying of insanity because you have no purpose. You just successfully raised several pups to adulthood. Why is guarding some human children a true purpose but not raising your own puppies?

And what's with the apology for gender-locking. Of all the things in this story worth apologizing for, that was not one of them.

Don't bother with this. The grammar could have been worse, but everything else could have been far, far better.
-- Cricket on 5/7/2019 12:44:51 PM with a score of 0
Firstly, you shouldn't have to apologise to your readers that your protagonist is female. They're female, big deal. It's your story.

The game itself went over way too quickly and I was able to enter the forest multiple times, thus experiencing the same conversation with the family infinitely until I eventually gave in and walked inside the house.

There also wasn't much going on. It was enjoyable enough, I guess, but I just chased after my dog family and they all ran away, so I just ended up with a human one. No real twists there.

So is it a story about just being a dog? I spent no more than 3 pages being a dog, not counting the temporary loop, so I didn't really get much out of it.
-- Saika on 4/18/2017 7:10:49 AM with a score of 0
Hmm...well. You can only fulfill your purpose by allowing a male to mate with you? That seems a little sexist. Regardless, there are a lot of inconsistencies in the game that need to be worked out. As Sethaniel mentioned, there was some ambiguity as to the gender of the PC. I also have to agree that there is no reason why you couldn't have given the player the option of being male or female, unless you were just dying to drive in your idea that females exist only to produce offspring. On another note, I can't give this story any points for originality. There have been at least half a dozen "wolf / feral dog" sims on this site, and this one didn't really bring anything new or interesting to the table. Still, the story didn't appear to be littered with horrific grammar, and you managed to steer clear of the squickier aspects of canine reproduction. So, I'll give you a little credit and bestow upon you a rating of 4.
-- James on 10/13/2014 3:07:56 PM with a score of 0
Honestly, that was a cute story and had a nice concept. However, there were some problems.
One, it kept changing from "you" to "I". Try keeping one POV, either "you" or "I".
Two, it said I was a boy, then I was a girl? Make sure to check and know what the reader's gender will be.
Other than that, this was a pretty good short story.
-- AestheticLlama on 10/29/2020 9:58:32 AM with a score of 0
Is it just me, or did my gender change a couple times throughout the reading of this story? First I was a she, then on the next page I was a he, then a she again. This story was short and sweet, I won't quibble with it too much because at least the author wrote something and I haven't even begun to contemplate writing my own story yet. But this story was just okay.
-- angelbears310 on 8/6/2020 3:25:20 AM with a score of 0
Rogseath does not approve, and neither do I.
-- WWS on 6/12/2019 3:26:30 AM with a score of 0
This was a cute story. It was pretty short. I would like to see you add more detail and back story.
-- Faervel on 12/27/2018 9:26:45 AM with a score of 0
I loved this!especially the reference from warriors! Thank you for this amazing story! i just wish it was longer.
-- Mori on 10/19/2018 4:47:14 AM with a score of 0
There was a lot to read and it overall the story was very short. So it was kind of a let down. I wanted this story that I was going to grow and do a lot with but instead I got this story that's about as long as a piece of grass.
-- HannahW on 5/30/2018 5:15:44 PM with a score of 0
-- Ravendash on 10/18/2017 10:47:05 AM with a score of 0
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