Late for the gym again, so why not take some time to reexamine Dog Daze Deluxe? I'm only doing it because I just finished up Gauntlet. But I guess I should explain why I kinda like Dog Daze Deluxe. Well, what else would you expect from the programmer behind Claim Jumper? Basically the same game, but instead of the Old West, it's dogs and hydrants. Both involve simulations of organic systems, broadly speaking. Dog Daze, however, is kinda like one of those worm in a room games, but with improved game play. In the worm in a room games, touching the wall once usually means instant game over. Here, if you touch the opposing dog's fire hydrant, you're temporarily stunned... and frankly, who wouldn't be? Orange urine, puh-leeze! And then, to occasionally cleanse the board, a car drives through, squashing all hydrants in its path. If a dog gets hit, however, the game's really over, with sad music to boot. Symbiosis. Everything in balance. Adapt or die. Carpe diem. A stitch in time saves nine. Penny wise, pound foolish.
Plus, the computerized opponent's pretty good! As you can see from my screen snap, it didn't go down without a fight.