Animal Lover from Penguin Pop Games and Trainwreck Studios, and no, it does not feature furries. Learn more in our Animal Lover review!
Animal Lover from Penguin Pop Games and Trainwreck Studios, and no, it does not feature furries. The publisher and indie dev combo previously gave us the supernatural romantic comedy Nowhere Girl on PlayStation, and this time around, we’re getting another visual novel in which five male characters have been cursed, thus transforming them into animals. This one was originally released on Steam back in 2017, and it’s now getting a console release as a Cross-Buy title on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
During your time with Animal Lover, you’ll have to help Edmund, Frankie, Kyle, Miguel, and Charlie regain their humanity while also managing to become better people. Why? Because you’re a veterinarian who just happens to have the magic touch needed to solve this conundrum. The catch? You have to kiss them so that they return to being fully human. Yes. Because reasons. It’s a premise that certainly reminded me a bit of The Frog Prince.
If you’re new to visual novels, it’s a genre of games in which you take on short or very, very long stories with a ton of dialogue – be that presented only as text or with voice acting in one of many potential languages. Visual novels do their name justice since there’s a lot of information to digest, so it’s basically like reading a book while visiting different locations as you interact with a variety of characters.
As has been the case for other releases from Penguin Pop Games, Animal Lover has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to work on. And since this one is a Cross-Buy release, your purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game. Each version of the game has its own trophy list, so if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you’ll be able to work on adding two Platinum trophies to your collection. The list includes 8 Bronze trophies, 7 Silver trophies, and 8 Gold trophies, with them being tied to reaching specific points in the different branching story paths, as well as obtaining specific endings in the game. If you want some extra help, you can check out this Animal Lover Trophy Guide.
If you’re looking for a new visual novel to check out on PlayStation, then Penguin Pop Games and Trainwreck Studios have one for you in Animal Lover. As stated before, even though the name might have you think otherwise, there are no furries in this one, which might be a plus or a con depending on your stance on that type of visual novel. Animal Lover is available on PlayStation as a Cross-Buy title, so your $9.99 purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.
This Animal Lover review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Penguin Pop Games.