Apparantly, the number of people keeping rabbits as pets grew considerably in Japan. They're popular because they're easier and cheaper to take care of than dogs or cats. The unfortunate consequence of their increased popularity was the reality that a lot of rabbits end up being abandoned. No matter how easy an animal is to raise, a life is an important thing and rabbits should be cared for responsibly.
I have a rabbit of my own, and caring for one is actually pretty tough. I also have a dog and a cat, but I find my rabbit is a bit more delicate, and therefore a bit more difficult to care for. It's also very important to realize just how cute rabbits are as well. That's where Mof Mof Rabbit comes in; an app that simulates what it's like to raise a rabbit.
In the current version, you can raise a blue Netherland Dwarf rabbit. Netherland Dwarf rabbits are the most common kind of pet rabbit. On your Rabbit Card, you write the rabbit's name, gender, birthday, birthplace, favorite food, owner's nickname, and a note. Be careful when you enter these because they cannot be changed once saved.
Next, you decide where in the room to place the rabbit's cage. I recommend putting it out of direct sunlight and in a place where it isn't directly hit by the air conditioner. The places where you can put the cage are limited, and you can be picky about such things as changing the table in the room to a warm kotatsu in the winter. Various information on rabbits is available in the Library Corner, and there is a lot of information that actually comes in handy when raising a real rabbit as well.
By tapping on the rabbit button, you can see how your rabbit is doing. You can check your rabbit's level by tapping the carrot button and feed your rabbit by hand once it has grown accustomed to you. Next to that is a speech bubble button, which brings your rabbit closer and lets you pet your rabbit by stroking the screen.
Of course, there are other tasks you have to perform to take care of your rabbit. Rabbits mainly eat grass and solid food (pellets). You must also supply them with water, a place to go to the bathroom, and pieces of wood to chew on. Grass and pellets are free, but you have buy the other items at the shop.
You get 10 points for use in the shop each time you start up the game. Open the app frequently and you'll keep up a steady balance of points.
I'd like for the water and bathroom stuff to be free, and instead have grass and food cost money. I can tell when the litter needs to be changed because it gets dirtier from use, but it's difficult to know when to add food because it's hard to tell when the food is getting low. Also, it's best to change the water everyday, but this is unnecessarily expensive.
I often open up the app to do these routine tasks and pet my rabbit, but my level doesn't increase and my rabbit is always afraid of me. Why doesn't it get used to me? Real rabbits are actually quite skittish and shy, so the game may be true to real-life, but it seems to be a bit lacking as a game.
You can ask questions to the game's official Twitter account and they'll answer you. I'm impressed that the developer offers this level of support even for a free app.
For those of you thinking about getting a rabbit, I think it would be a good idea to get this app to see if you are actually able to take care of a rabbit. I'd also recommend this app to those who want to have a rabbit but are unable to for some reason or other. For people who already have a rabbit, it's fun to play the game and see how it compares to real-life. This app is a bit less forgiving than some of the other animal-raising simulation apps, so it's important to take good care of your virtual rabbit.
Time played: 14 days
Device used: Galaxy S
Publisher: TACHYON INC.
Last Updated: 12/5/2011
Compatibility: Android 1.5 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan