Touch Pets Dogs

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Shelter puppies thrive under kind virtual care.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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

Ease of Play

There are lots of levels that take time to unlock. It seemed to take forever to gain access to the food bowl, provoking anxiety all around. But overall, health gauges and onscreen cues such as desire bubbles help you know what to do next to take good care of your puppy.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The game's virtual money, Puppy Bucks, is earned by taking care of your dog and can be used to buy food, clothes and more frivolous items such as snow skis.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this virtual pet game encourages kids to adopt dogs from shelters. The game gets silly, with dogs aspiring to become celebrities, scientists, and rock stars, but kids learn about basic care, too. Watch for in-app purchases and the option to share animal status with social media channels. 

User Reviews

Parent of a 11 year old Written byPPFCC December 3, 2010

Great app for anybody :)

Just like rated. SO much better than FooPets.
Kid, 6 years old April 3, 2012
Kid, 4 years old August 2, 2013

The review of Littlest pet shop.

This is a beautiful game where you can have your own puppy it could be a boy or a girl they will stand with front paws against the screen as if it is trapped o... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kids adopt a virtual dog from a shelter and then care for it by petting, feeding, and playing with it. The virtual pet can also go on missions, and kids can decorate the home with and dress the dog up. Kids pet the dog by rubbing the screen with their finger, and drag and drop food, toys, and clothes to use them. The dog can also interact with other dogs via the social media links in the app.

Is it any good?

This interactive game puts a real dog inside your iPhone. He (or she) stands with front paws against the screen as if trapped on the other side of the glass. The graphics are good and the touch and accelerometer interactions are great. Pet your grateful pooch with finger swipes and roll the ball around the big back yard by tilting the phone. Pick up poop. Neglect him and the poor pup becomes tired and lonely.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about caring for an animal. What kind of attention does a dog need compared to a cat, or a hamster? 

  • Visit your local animal shelter and spend some time playing with the animals there. Ask your kids why it might be important to help out pets at a shelter. 

App details

For kids who love animal sims

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