Pou

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Pou is a virtual pet game for Android, developed by Zakeh, in which you must take care of your very own alien pet. Feed it, play with it, and watch it grow in this stimulating game. The app is available to download in its full version, though offers some in-app purchases to supplement the core gameplay. 

Your Very Own Pet

Many of us own pets in our homes such as cats, dogs, fish, etc. These all require a great deal of time and effort to take care of, and for that we are rewarded with their loyalty and love. In the gaming world, these sentiments are well represented in a wide range of virtual pet games that see you taking care of a similar pet. Pou is a highly popular example of this. If you've ever wanted to take care of a real alien, now's your chance by adopting your very own Pou. 

Core Gameplay and Features

The core gameplay is very easy to pick up. To start off, you'll adopt and name your pet (this can be whatever you want). It has a level, like in an RPG title, and can earn experience points by completing various tasks. The game supports over a dozen languages including English, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Russian and Japanese. Controls use a simple touch-screen interface to manage your pet. The general objective is to look after your pet as best you can, level it up and help it grow into an adult. This can be quite tough to achieve. If it's hungry, you have to feed it. If it's making a mess, you have to clean it up. If it's bored, you have to play with it, all comparable to real life pets. This makes the experience of looking after your pet highly immersive and interesting. 

Playing with your Pou is highly entertaining, since the game will offer a small set of minigames to play including racing games, platformers, matching games and more, all with bright, lively colors and settings. These games are an excellent addition, appealing to people coming from other gaming backgrounds

The range of options here are very diverse indeed, part of the reason why the game is so popular. Depending on the kinds of treats you feed your Pou, it will react differently. It might even get sick, so you have to be careful and learn what it likes. Playing with your Pou is highly entertaining, since the game will offer a small set of minigames to play including racing games, platformers, matching games and more, all with bright, lively colors and settings. These games are an excellent addition, appealing to people coming from other gaming backgrounds. As you progress through them you will be able to collect coins which can be used in the in-game store. Through the Potions lab, you can even mix up some concoctions to help Pou along his way, including health bonuses, extra fat removal, stat bonuses, growth and more. This gives something great to do for the completionist, alongside a host of achievements and special items to unlock throughout your playthrough. There are some microtransactions involved here, but they are small compared with how much is offered for free. 

When your Pou gets really bored, you can take him outside, enjoying the daytime sun next to his hut, playing some soccer, visiting the beach or even travelling to snow-filled locales. Whatever you can imagine, Pou can go there. Keeping your Pou entertained is not only limited to feeding, cleaning and playing with it. The game also has a ton of ways to customize your Pou's appearance to your liking, adding another playful element to the game. Dress it up in bee costumes, cowboy hats, dresses, glasses, army uniforms and change its hairstyle using wigs to have the most fun with your alien companion. You can also design the background or the room your Pou is in to best suit his new attire.

Best of all, Pou gives the option to play with other players and share your experiences. Visit their pets and show off your own and create a community for your pet. This is always a nice feature to have if you appreciate the more social side of gaming, as I do. You can even socialize directly with your Pou by talking to it and it will respond to you in a highly realistic and rewarding way. Your phone's built-in microphone is more than suitable for the job. 

The Verdict

Pou for Android is a great way to spend your time if you're looking for something fun, simple and highly rewarding to do. Taking care of Pou has a great sense of realism to it, allowing you to talk to it, play with it and feed it just like a regular pet. The assortment of minigames will also appeal to other types of gamer, letting you earn coins to buy potions, unlock achievements and more. The high level of customization is also very impressive, with plenty of wigs, costumes and colorful attire to keep you entertained indefinitely. Pou is an excellent app and one which I recommend you try. Though it is not the most difficult of games, it's very fun to play. Download it now and see for yourself. 

  • Name your pet whatever you want
  • Take care of it by feeding it, playing with it, cleaning up after it and talking to it
  • Play an assortment of minigames like platformers, racers and more
  • Share your experiences with your friends and visit their Pous
  • High level of customization for your Pou's appearance and their room
  • Collect coins for your achievements while you play
  • Create potions to help your Pou grow
  • Supports over a dozen languages
  • Gameplay is not that challenging
  • Requires Android 1.6 or higher

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