My Town: Pets
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Imaginative pet adoption sim lacks diversity and clarity.
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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.
Products & Purchases
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.
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My Town: Pets
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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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, Hobbies: pets
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: August 23, 2017
- Category: Simulation Games
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Publisher: My Town Games
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: September 15, 2017
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