The best dog games that are ruff to put down

The best dog games are not fetch and tug-of-war, we're sorry

If you're in need of a four-legged friend, our pick of the best dog games is here to help...

Picture this: You're a sentient camera with arms and legs on an island full of dogs. You're sold, right? With plenty of different dog breeds, you'll encounter pups skateboarding, riding on scooters, having a picnic, surfing, and so much more.

7. Pupperazzi

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Definitely the weirdest entry on the best dog games list, Phogs is no less lovable. You play as two dogs, connected by a sort of Stretch Armstrong style extendable midsection that need to solve puzzles.

6. Phogs

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch

Not all dog games are about playing frisbee in the park, some are tearjerkers, too. Set during the horrors of WW1, this moving adventure features a dog called Walt as a major character.

5. Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, mobile

Hang out with an entire pack of dogs as you sled across icy landscapes, encountering owls, bears, squirrels, and wolves, and managing your sled team's energy and hunger. A fun and frosty delight.

4. The Red Lantern

Platform(s): PC, Switch

Not only is Old Friends an adorable dog sanctuary sim, but it's also based on a retirement home for senior dogs and features its real-world residents. Your job is to rescue and care for the canines.

3. Old Friends

Platform(s): Android, iOS

The life simulation goes all-in on pets with this expansion, letting you choose from over 123 dog breeds to add to your family. It might be an add-on, but it's got enough gameplay to make it onto this list.

2. The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, mobile

It doesn't get more wholesome than a dog with a magic paintbrush, and this heartfelt RPG is a delight. Exploring the Picnic Province as the canine hero, you set out to bring color back to the world by scribbling all over it.

1. Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Switch
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