Touch Pets Dogs

 
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Learning(i)

Shelter puppies thrive under kind virtual care.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids have the option of posting game reports to their Facebook Wall (which should be off limits for anyone under 13). They can also create an account on the Plus+ social gaming network, but interaction is quite limited. Members can follow or friend each other with one tap without waiting for acceptance, but profiles reveal little information about players, only their handles and a detailed timeline of what's happening with their pooches.

 

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. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • respect for others

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids take on responsibility for another, virtually living thing and make decisions for the dog's care; with all the choices available to keep your pup happy and healthy, it's also a lot of fun. 

Learning Approach

Kids see their pet dogs 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 the pets 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
  • respect for others

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.
 

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 24, 2010
Category:Kids Games
Publisher:ngmoco, LLC
Version:1.50

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Kid, 6 years old April 3, 2012
 

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What other families should know
Educational value
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Too much violence
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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 on the other side of the glass. The graphics are cool 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 puppy becomes tired and lonley.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 19, 2012
 

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pup becomes tired and lonely.
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