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Parents' Guide to

Fantastic Pets

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Kinect-enabled sim brings pets into the living room.

Game Xbox 360 2011
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Thanks to the Kinect camera peripheral, it looks like the pet is right there in the player's own living room (or wherever the entertainment center is set up), which adds new layers of fun and interactivity to the pet sim model. Kids are also encouraged to get active through a variety of mini-games that will have them running on the spot, crouching, jumping, waving their arms, and making different poses for their pet to imitate. A second player can join the game at any time bringing his or her pet along, too.

The only downside is that gestures don't always register as crisply as in other Kinect games, which can lead to frustration when, for example, it takes a few tries before you're able to grab the ball out of your pet's mouth. This is an occasional rather than a chronic problem, however, and is by no means a deal-breaker for this family-friendly sim.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: April 12, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for (No descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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