PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Get animals ready for adoption in fun sim, but set limits.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to plan, sequence, and carry out the general procedures of caring for animals at a shelter and use social-emotional skills. As they do their chores and read about each animal specifically, kids must answer multiple-choice questions about potential health problems that the animals may have, which creates opportunities for critical thinking and problem-solving. 

Ease of Play

Easy to play, so long as kids can read directions (or an adult reads for them). In-depth tutorial, on-screen icons, and the detailed written directions prompt players where to tap and how to care for the animals. 

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If players tap on For Parents, a "More Apps from Tivola" ad message appears. Parent gate says "hold down on the 'next' button for 5 seconds to continue," and the player is moved out of the game and into the App Store. The paid version has no in-app purchases; the free version includes in-app purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue is a simulation game in which kids volunteer at an animal rescue shelter. Players read the animals' symptoms, choose a diagnosis, and learn to take care of guinea pigs, bunnies, cats, dogs, horses, and more as they get instructions from the professor in charge. After a player cares for the animals for a while, people come to adopt, and players pair them with the right animal. The free version includes in-app purchases to unlock more animals, while the paid version includes all the animals from the start. Though there are potential stopping points at the end of each work day at the clinic, it's easy to play endlessly, especially if kids take getting animals adopted very seriously. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Tap the play icon on PETWORLD 3D: MY ANIMAL RESCUE's main page. The professor at the animal shelter begins your "internship" with a tour of the facilities. Tap on the well and move the well-water bucket to boxes in your inventory, or go to the storage room and tap on the shelf to add species-specific food for the animals as well as brushes, toys, and more. Besides feeding and giving water to the animals, you can brush them, pet them, and let them out into the yard. If you tap the clipboards on each cage, you'll find out what needs to be done to improve their health. Occasionally, images of people who want to adopt will appear at the rescue with descriptions of their lifestyle that will help you decide what kind of animal would be best for them.

Is it any good?

The animals' needs in the shelter are very realistic, so kids get a pretty accurate glimpse into what it's like to volunteer at an animal rescue by playing this simulation game. Though it gives players detailed instructions on how to do everything in a thorough tutorial, kids have to know how to read well (or have an adult read the instructions to them). The animals are cute, and their movements are quite realistic. It takes some time to play before people who want to adopt show up, so kids need to be patient and just keep doing the chores, which can get rather repetitive given the large number of animals in the shelter. Still, with the adorable animals bubbling pink hearts every time a volunteer pets them, and the ongoing hope to help another animal get adopted, animal lovers will likely keep coming back to work at this rescue center for many days, despite the repetitive nature of the chores. Parents may want to help kids set goals for each play period, as it's easy to play for long stretches: There are "work days" built in, which can serve as natural breaks to signal the end of a day's use.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about empathy and social-emotional skills. What does it take to care for another living thing? Why is it important to help people and animals in need?

  • Discuss different ways that players have to persevere. If you get a diagnosis wrong, what do you do next? What are some things that usually have to happen before an animal can get adopted?

  • Talk about caring for pretend animals on the app vs. caring for real animals. It's as easy as swiping a finger and takes less than a second to clean out the bunny's living quarters on this app. But how much effort, sweat, and time does it take to do a pet chore like that in real life? 

  • Consider visiting an animal rescue center with your kid and donate some items to help the real volunteers do their work.

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