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Miaow: Your Exclusive AR Pet Review

Today I’ve decided to try out (yet again) to play the game Miaow: Your Exclusive AR Pet. This is a virtual pet simulator where you have a chance to play around with a cute virtual cat in augmented reality.

The reason that I said “Yet again” is because I’ve already tried playing it, but the app just didn’t want to detect any surface. I really don’t have any idea why. All the ARKit apps that I did try worked well but this one didn’t.

Anyways, today I launched the app again and finally was able to make it work. After a few moments, an adorable cat spawned right in the living room.

Miaow: Your Exclusive AR Pet, or let’s just call it Miaow for short, has some nice interactions. You can use a laser pen to play with the cat, you can put a food bowl on the floor so he can eat and even to Miawo CAt and it will respond to you. The game encouraged to test different words to see how the cat reacts.

I’ve read on the app’s page that the developer does plan to add more items, to add a mini-game and optimize the game for the iPad.

I’ve played the game on the iPad and the experience was really bad. Another person would have just deleted the app after a few seconds, I’ve spent like two mites trying to make the at appear in my living room.

The animations are laggy, floaty and choppy and this virtual pet ARKit app is probably the least optimize among all the ones that I’ve tried. I do hope that the developer will fix those issues because the game is close to being unplayable at its current version (I’ve played version 1.2.0).

Now let’s talk about the things that I liked about the game. Miaow, like other virtual pet ARKit apps, can produce some really enjoyable experiences. It’s the first virtual pet app that has a cat that I had a chance to play. I’ve played Follow Me Dragon, AR Dragon and My Very Hungry Caterpillar and all of them produce some memorable moments.

Miaow was also able to create such magical moment. It was when my cat (real cat) was in the living room and I used the laser pointer to make Miaow get closer to my real cat—and this happened.

The moment that Miaow jumped on my cat, that moment was just magical. Obviously, Miaow isn’t aware of the physical cat nor my real cat aware of him (maybe in ARKit 2.0), but that spontaneous moment was really beautiful to look at and of course, I immediately pressed the camera button to capture that moment. I am happy that I was also able to capture it in a video so you can know what I am talking about, instead of trying to explain it just in words.

The thing is that there are better ARKit virtual pet apps on the App Store. I feel kind of sad because I really wanted a cat virtual pet to play with for a change, not only dragons. I will update the review to reflect the changes once the developer fix the issues in the game and add more features.

6 Replies to “Miaow: Your Exclusive AR Pet Review”

  1. I’m the designer of Miaow. Really thanks for your suggestion and criticism. They are really helpful for us. It doesn’t have replayability now, and we’re tring to add some interesting mechanics based on ARKit.

    And a good news is that an animator join in our team recently, we’ll optimize the animation performance for the next versions. Before that, the animation was based on some limited actions.

    As a cat lover and a novice game designer, I will try my best to make it the best ar pet app. 🙂

  2. Hi Beyond, you welcome. Please drop me a line when you update the app. I will revisit it and update the review to reflect the latest changes. As you can see, Me and my cat had some quality time with your app 🙂

  3. We’ll fix the minor bugs and improve it to a more complete version in the lastest two versions.

    The brand-new version will be submitted at the middle of November. We’ll adopt a new cat, optimize graph and animation performance.:) And you can review it when this version come. I will notice you here~

  4. Hi, we have updated it to 2.0 version, adding more food and the status of cat. And there is an important function for voice recognition system will be added several days later. You can call your cat without tapping any button. It can hear you all the time. And we’ll adopt the new cat in the middle of November.

  5. 2.1 version has been in sale. We update voice recognition system, now you needn’t tap any button to call your cat. And we add animations for it after it hear what you say. Hope you like it! If you have any other problem, just tell me. And I decide to cancel the coins appear when using the laser pointer, it destroys the experience play with the cat.

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