I basically forgo buying games when they're first released unless it's a small, modestly-priced indie game. I can wait on most anything. I have the patience for it. Or rather, my cheapskate nature overpowers any desire I might have to play things right away. I just can't justify the cost. I buy things during Steam sales and in bundles.
I bought this one during the last Steam summer sale and had a fun time playing through it. Puzzles are good, puppers are good, elasticity is good(?), so the three of them combined? Pretty good. Probably the only thing I really didn't care for was the last level. There were entirely too many routes to keep track of, and my memory isn't that great, so it took some persistence. Other than that, it was an enjoyable way to pass a few hours. Good blog entry. :) It's always nice to see more obscure games get featured that I wouldn't expect to see any discussion of.
Hi there! I'm with you, I love these types of simulation games. Hopefully this isn't a dumb, obvious suggestion, but have you tried any Sims games? There's also another game that's coming out called Mineko's Night Market that looks really great for Animal Crossing fans. :3 Fantasy Life for the 3DS has combat, but I've read that you can forgo it and just focus on the crafting jobs. I'm not sure how difficult that would end up being, though, since I've never tried it and it's been a long time since I've played that game.