A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars is available in three different versions, each with its own exclusive characters. This may send the message to kids that they need to get all three editions. The game itself is a generally inoffensive, fun-loving romp about animals that want to get onto an American Idol-like TV show. Parents should be aware that the storyline is centered around seeking fame and the plot's already-famous characters are idolized.
What's it about?
In LITTLEST PET SHOP 3: BIGGEST STARS, a group of cutesy animal friends have a chance to compete on a big TV dance show and become famous like their idols. You will get to control several different pets over the course of the game, with the ability to name them and customize their looks at the hair salon and accessories shop. You'll play through several missions that require you to help out friends and gather ingredients that can be used to make snacks (which can be fed to your pets) or fabrics (which can be used to create new clothes for the critters). There's quite a bit of variety in these missions, all of which surround the central rhythm game that simulates the dance competition.
Is it any good?
There's a good deal of variety in Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars, and some very nice customization options. None of the missions pose much of a challenge, but most Littlest Pet Shop fans probably aren't looking for a video game that will test their reflexes or their puzzle-solving prowess. The game serves its purpose in providing kids who love these cute toys an opportunity to have a bit of fun interacting with the characters. Players can roam freely around the game world and take it all at their own pace, but the central objective-based storyline will always be there to keep them moving on and never getting stuck with a "what next?" moment. The format is definitely the right way to go for a game like this.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about fame and TV idols. Are celebrities better than non-famous people in any ways? Would getting on TV really make you happier?
Parents can also discuss marketing tactics with their kids. When the developers of this game made three different versions, do you think they were hoping kids would buy more than one?
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