"Video gaming has been a hobby of mine for the past 20 years. From the Legend of Zelda to Neopets to Starcraft II, I've been a fan of the genre in all its evolving forms, and have tried as many new and varied games as I can find. Over those years, I've also becoming very discerning. After all, there are only so many free hours in a day to devote to one's hobbies. Quality is more important than quantity as far as getting the most enjoyable play out of my game time. Of the fifty or sixty pet sim games I've sampled, I have chosen only a handful to stick with for the long term. Of those, I spend the most time on and get the most joy out of Canis Novus.
I love that the game continues to evolve, always with an ear to what its players would like to see implemented. There is something for everyone, regardless of taste. In real life, I am not a fan of parading "Barbie" dogs in the conformation ring. On Canis Novus, I don't have to put my game dogs through that if I don't want to; they can compete in and earn titles in a wide variety of canine sports instead. Also, the dogs are much more than simply numbers to be fed, exercised, groomed, and shown. They can fall ill, can only be bred at certain times, and have distinct personality traits that challenge a player to match specific items to each dog in order to boost that dog's performance.
The community here is by far the most respectful of each other, and the most intelligent, that I've ever had the pleasure to witness. Above and beyond thoughtful assistance with the game itself, other CN members have provided me with many useful tidbits to enhance the lives of my real dogs - not something I expected to find on a game forum, but something for which I am grateful. Community-wide events like the ongoing International Canine Competition and holiday events add to the fun and help bring the players closer together.
The challenging gameplay and colorful community have made this game a long-standing favorite with me, and I consider it the most intelligent and diverse game of its kind."
- Zen, #(164)