Tap Pet Hotel

Common Sense Media says

Fun, addictive, but potentially costly building sim.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

A brief tutorial phase helps you get started, and tips pop up to aid you along the way. The tools for moving rooms and objects around aren't ideal, but you don't need them very often.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This free app is one of the top grossing in the App store. Pressure is high to buy additional coins to expand more quickly and special "treats" that allow you to buy exclusive items not available with coins. You can't complete some of the Achievements without using treats. Also, the app typically opens with a pop-up suggesting that you try one of their other apps. You can play without purchasing anything else, but the temptation to buy "just a few" to get something special is high.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

There is an option to visit neighbors, but when you do, you can't interact with them.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 29, 2011
Category:Simulation Games
Size:18.20 MB
Publisher:Pocket Gems, Inc
Version:1.17
Minimum software requirements:Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

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Parent Written bytapper December 15, 2011
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10
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not a kids game anymore

it now uses postings on twitter & face book to obtain pet rooms;kids may be encouraged to buy "stars" to accomplish a task; make sure your kids do not have easy access to buy things
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written bymyrab51 November 13, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

All good until....

This game is simple, cute, and fun. However, after a few levels, it starts trying to make kids buy packages that equal about $400 in real money to complete. It never told her that the room cost real money. She saved several thousand of her in game coins, spent them, and then got to the next step only to be shut down. She was disappointed. It is rather ridiculous. I wrote off to support about it, but they never replied. I would look around for a game that they can play without tricks like this.
Kid, 4 years old August 3, 2013
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3
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THE REVIEW OF TAP PET HOTEL this review is written by Maria parker

What parents should know is that tap pet hotel is a free building sim that comes with a hard sell to buy in app purchase treats so kids if you are out of treats tell your parents that the treats cause real money ......
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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