Littlest Pet Shop



A collection of upbeat minigames based on Hasbro's pet toys.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players collect and play with pets.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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The game is based on and stars Hasbro's line of Littlest Pet Shop plush animals. What's more, players purchase various accessories using "kibble" coins and visit a salon to decorate their pets.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is based on Hasbro's line of Littlest Pet Shop plush toys. Players familiar with these toys will recognize many of the pets in the game and may be inclined to purchase others. What's more, one of the game's primary objectives is to collect "kibble" coins and use them to purchase clothing and accessories which can be applied in the pet shop salon. Consumerist message aside, the game is free of controversy; players simply collect pets, dress them up, and play with them.

What's it about?

Based on Hasbro's plush toy animals and virtual community, LITTLEST PET SHOP sees players ferrying animals from an adoption centre to their own pet shops, where they can be pampered in a salon and play with toys. The game's currency, "kibble," is collected by engaging in a wide selection of mini-games, including swings, slides, and dancing, then spent on clothing and accessories that pets can wear, new toys for the pet shop grounds, or train tickets that allow new pets to come join the player's collection. Additional toys, pets, accessories, and three more pet shop areas are unlocked as the game progresses.

Is it any good?


Play ought to satisfy young children. The mini-games, most of which make use of the Wii's motion-sensitive and infrared controls to intuitively do things like blow bubbles, change the direction an animal runs, and blow up balloons, are simple enough that kids of kindergarten age ought to become comfortable with them in minutes. What's more, three difficulty levels (selectable before each game starts) help ensure an adequate challenge for slightly older children. Happily, there is no losing; if players don't do well enough to earn many coins in a particular game they can try again or simply move on.

Note, though, that a substantial amount of reading is required to understand specific game objectives. Players who are still learning to read might not get very far. Also, the game isn't particularly long. Pets, toys, and play areas are rapidly unlocked, providing great incentive to keep playing until suddenly all items and toys have been earned, at which point players will be stuck simply replaying old games and dressing up their pets using the same accessories. Still, young children who own Littlest Pet Shop stufffed toys will likely get a kick out it while it lasts.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the web-based means by which toy companies attract and retain kids' interest in their products. Did you want Littlest Pet Shop because you already had a Littlest Pet Shop toy? Did you learn about the game through Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop online community? One of the main reasons toy companies create fun and intricate product web sites and virtual communities is so that they can make sure you know about the existence of other products they have for sale. How does that make you feel?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:October 14, 2008
ESRB rating:E for

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySarahGirl5 March 27, 2012

adorable and fun

I have this game for the Wii and I absolutely love it. It's very fun. Recommended for all ages six and over.
Parent of a 5 year old Written byEasternshorechick January 1, 2010

Some reading ability is helpful, not mandatory...

My 5 yr old daughter LOVES this game. Reading ability is helpful however the on screen graphics do a good job of "showing" what the kids have to do. My daughter can read and hasn't asked me to read anything for her. Also the long forgotten LPS figurines from her room are now getting played with! Overall LOVE it, very cute game for girls.
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Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old March 25, 2009

Fun Game

I'm not really into LPS (littlest pet shop) but I got it for Christmas so I tried it out and I loved it! The mini-games are awesome, and overall the layout is cute and unique. I can't wait until the spring version arrives at our Toys R Us, and I hope it'll be just as fun as my Winter edition. Sadly though, for kids who can't read, the people who would be playing this game, you need a pretty good reading ability, so it's kinda iffy.(Reviewing for DS)


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