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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a pet simulation where you need to take responsibility for caring for a puppy. You are training the puppy to become a service dog.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a pet simulation game, not unlike Nintendogs. Rather than just training for fun, the dogs in this game are raised to be service dogs, ultimately being placed as a firehouse dog, police dog, or a lifeguard dog – and the training regimen fits these paths.
Is It Any Good?
Given the sheer amount of minigames and training exercises to do with your selected dog, Discovery Kids Puppy Playtime will provide many hours of entertainment. Since some of the challenges can be difficult, younger gamers will need some help playing, but the cute animals are sure to keep their interest when other things may have failed. Even when adult gamers tire of the monotony of these types of games, kids seem to want to keep coming back and checking on their pet – seeing them doing life saving tasks later in the game gives a great sense of ownership and pride as well. Puppy Playtime may not have the polish of titles like Nintendogs, but it stands proudly in that genre as a high quality title.
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