Touch Pets Cats

Common Sense Media says

Cute cat care without a stinky litter box.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Most of the basic activities are easy to accomplish, and the pet will prompt for its basic needs with picture thought bubbles. Some of the more advanced features, such as shopping and adding neighbors, require a bit of poking around, but there's nothing very complex.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This app has some heavy-handed advertising, including offers in exchange for in-game currency, which can be earned or purchased with real money (up to $100 for a barrel). The ads don't appear on the main gameplay page, but are prominent in several of the menu areas.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Plus+, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, share status messages, and share first and last name. Users connect with friends via Facebook, Twitter, email contacts, or by searching the Plus+ network. For players who opt in to Plus+, there is an in-app privacy policy that discloses the personal information collected.

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

Subjects

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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. 

Learning Approach

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. 

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Kids can learn what's involved with caring for a pet cat. The app simulates adopting and caring for a cat and also allows kids -- and their sim cats -- the option of interacting with others via social media. The game offers many opportunities beyond caring for the cat, too, to make the app more complex. Parents should know that kids can make in-app purchases. Overall, kids will enjoy Touch Pets Cats, and they’ll learn some pet care without the responsibility of a live pet.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 21, 2010
Category:Simulation Games
Publisher:ngmoco, LLC
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Too much consumerism

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