What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Touch Pets Cats is a pet simulation that allows the user to adopt and care for virtual cats. You'll need to feed, pet, brush, and provide entertainment for your cat. Be prepared to clean its litter box as well. Taking care of a cat earns coins that can be used to buy additional rooms and furniture for your virtual home, as well as more toys and supplies for the kitty. But beware: The app's virtual currency can cost real money. Users who are registered with Plus + network can also visit neighboring cats for play dates. Younger gamers can play without registering for the Plus + network and still enjoy most of the game features.
What kids can learn
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids take on responsibility for another, virtually living thing and make decisions for the cat’s care; with all the choices available to keep your cat happy and healthy, it's also a lot of fun.
Kids see their pet cats thrive as they're fed, watered, groomed, petted, and played with, learning that constant attention is required to keep an animal healthy. Kids also can take their pets on missions and see how they respond to other environments.
There are a few places to find outside support, such as a Facebook group for Touch Pets superfans, but, beyond that, there's not much help.
What's it about?
Kids adopt a virtual cat from a shelter and then care for it by petting, feeding, grooming it -- and even emptying its litter box. The virtual pet can also go on missions, and kids can decorate the home with furniture the cat likes to play on. The cat can also interact with other cats via the social media links in the app. The app does include the option for kids to make in-app purchases (with real money) of virtual coins to fund missions, decorate the house, and adopt more cats.
Is it any good?
TOUCH PET CATS is a relaxing app that engages you in the care of one or more virtual pets. Fill your cats' need meters and you'll earn plenty of rewards to spend on in-game goods. There are no mini-games, but there are plenty of goals to work toward and plenty of goods to buy. Since the simulation continues even while you're offline, this is a nice option for casual gamers who want to play for a few minutes and then move on to something else. It will also be very popular with kids who are dying for a pet of their own.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the difference between real and virtual pets. What can real pets do that virtual ones can't, and vice versa?
Visit your city's animal shelter to give the cats some attention -- kids can see that there are lots of animals that need good homes.