My Town: Pets

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Imaginative pet adoption sim lacks diversity and clarity.

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age 9+
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Educational Value

Kids can practice their storytelling skills and role-play caring for pets. The environments aren't all entirely realistic, but they might serve as a starting point to talk about pet responsibility with kids.

Ease of Play

No instructions, so it may not be clear to kids how to move pets between the different areas. Some of the smaller objects are hard to use within the game. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Link to purchase more apps from the publisher on every page. To purchase, there is a single-digit addition parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Animal clinic that has various medical supplies, including a syringe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Town: Pets is an open-ended play experience where kids can help in-game characters "adopt" pets and have fun with and take care of them. Because there's no tutorial, younger kids may not understand how to bring pets from the pet shop into the other areas. There's a link from the main menu, as well as from all of the game pages, that leads to the publisher's other apps. Trying to buy other apps triggers a parent gate that requires single-digit addition. Diversity is lacking: Only two characters of the 13 could be assumed to be not white (one clearly has darker skin). The doctor is male and the nurse is female by default, but kids can change their clothes in the clothing shop. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.  

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Parent of a 3, 3, 8, and 12 year old Written byBaby20600214 June 17, 2018

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What's it about?

MY TOWN: PETS gives kids a chance to adopt a virtual pet such as a bird, cat, dog, or hamster by playing as any one of the 13 different characters in the app. The characters range from babies to adults and include both male and female options. Once a character has a pet, the pet can be placed at the vet, the clothing shop, the pet salon, or the pet park. Other characters can be added to the scene as well. There are plenty of things to do and play with. Change characters' clothes, dress up a hamster, take an x-ray, give a shot, make a balloon animal, paint your puppy purple, go on a see-saw, or clean up dog poop. 

Is it any good?

Animal-loving kids can create their own pet-centered stories as they explore the different shops and environments, but clearer navigation and more diversity would make it better. My Town: Pets is cute fun: Kids who like less goal-oriented app play will gravitate to this experience, where they can imagine all sorts of stories and scenarios. However, gameplay isn't as easy as it could be, especially for the target age. Unless kids have played similar apps, they may not know how to move the pets around. It would also be nice to see more diversity in characters. Overall, My Town: Pets could be better, but some kids will really enjoy the whimsical environment. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pets. What kind of care do pets need? If you already have a pet, how do you help take care of it? How are the activities in My Town: Pets the same as and different from having a real pet?

  • Talk about in-app purchases and how or if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?

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