A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players spend their time operating a business and caring for a variety of dogs and cats.
Products & Purchases
This game is part of the growing Paws & Claws franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is designed for young kids who are interested in dogs and cats. It gives kids the opportunity to interact with virtual animals by using the touch screen to pet, play fetch, and feed them, and provides interesting information about their behavioral patterns. What's more, the game teaches the basics of managing a pet grooming business by rewarding players with money that needs to be reinvested to build more attractions, buy more food, and attract more customers. The game may appeal more to girls than boys since the main character is a girl and you choose her hair, clothes, etc.
Is It Any Good?
Pampered Pets' most compelling feature is its focus on the real-life responsibilities involved in running a business. The game's simple simulation style of play forces players to think a bit about strategy. For example: You can get away with not feeding the pets you look after, but if you put in the time and money to prepare and feed them decent meals, their owners will likely leave you a bigger tip. Indeed, much of the game comes down to the old adage that you have to spend money to make money. But there's no need to worry about going bankrupt; like many good children's games, Pampered Pets doesn't let players lose. If you don't run your business efficiently, it will simply take longer to achieve some of the game's objectives.
There are, however, a couple of glaring issues in the game's design. For starters, there isn't any sort of tutorial, which means players will need to wander around and experiment in order to figure things out. This isn't a problem most of the time, but don't be surprised if, say, you can't figure out why you aren't allowed to use the food you recently purchased to feed your pets (hint: you can only feed your pets packaged foods until you buy a workshop, which will let you mix raw ingredients like salmon and tuna together to create a new meal type). Plus, the pet interactions are pretty repetitive. The novelty of using a stylus to groom animals eventually loses its charm and, perhaps fittingly, begins to feel like little more than manual labor necessary to earn virtual cash. Still, Pampered Pets is, in general, a fun and well-meaning game. Young, pet-loving girls will likely enjoy it.
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