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Happy House

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MD5: 5ce460e7a548c973300f3a677d65f1b2
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

It's a fact! No matter how powerful your computer is, in terms of actual intelligence it's not as "smart" as the lowliest mammalian life form. In the case of hamsters it's a tight race. That's one reason this virtual pet seems so uncannily vital. Another reason is the exceptional skill and sensitivity of its designer, Arai Harumi.

Ms. Arai developed Happy House out of personal tragedy. Her beloved Ruby cast off, and she had no one to spend long hours in front of the computer with. The care and detail that went into making Happy House gives meaning to why we keep warm beasts about us. Many will find this little program inescapably comforting.

In the beginning she just wanted to see her hamster illustrations "come alive". This was before the days of Gigapets and Tamagotchi. She never dreamed it would become so popular, and certainly didn't want to make money from it.

Ms. Arai began receiving many offers from toy companies to turn Happy House into a full virtual pet, with naming, feeding, breeding, life and death, etc. But the whole situation became so disruptive of her life that she just decided not to pursue it for now. Simply satisfying herself and other hamster lovers who can appreciate the tiny pleasures of Happy House just as it is, is all she ever sought. That's why she's so pleased when people write to her.

You feed your hamster by clicking on the food dish. That'll get its attention. Beyond that it's pretty much on its own. It will walk around, stuff its cheeks with food, unload the food, eat, sleep, groom itself and sleep. You can get its attention at any time with your pointer (but true to breed it will quickly lose interest in you).

Spread pine chips around the base of your monitor for best effect.

  — Happy House - Your Virtual Rodent

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