A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tap Pet Hotel is a free building sim app that comes with a hard sell to buy in-app purchases of "treats" that cost real money. The goal is to build up a pet hotel with a variety of different pet rooms, staff, and special rooms for the pets to visit. Achievements encourage you to move through the game and earn extra coins by fulfilling certain criteria. Each room generates an income at different increments, which can be 5 minutes or a whole day. As you build new rooms, you unlock new pets and objects. Some rooms and staff are only available via special treats that require a purchase with real money. Expect a lot of begging from kids to buy these treats. If you do purchase, make sure in-app purchases are turned off on your device so that you can control this buying.
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Is it any good?
TAP PET HOTEL is actually quite fun, especially if you want a game to just check in on occasionally. It's not a game that you can play for hours. Unfortunately, the pressure to buy is far too high, and younger kids will be frustrated by the amount of time it takes for anything to be built. Kids will also be disappointed by the rooms they can't buy without spending extra money. If you have older kids who are a bit more patient, and who will want to check in on their hotel between texting friends, this may be a fun choice.
For kids who love building things
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