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Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets

Grooming game teaches the basics about cats, dogs, business.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players spend their time operating a business and caring for a variety of dogs and cats.

Violence & scariness
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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.

What's it about?

PAWS & CLAWS: PAMPERED PETS is the latest entry in a line of games catering to kids who are interested in animals and their care. Pampered Pets focuses specifically on cats and dogs whose owners are looking to treat them to a few hours of mollycoddling. Pets can spend the night in bungalows with themes such as \"Nature\" or \"Movies,\" go for a romp in an open enclosure, or spend some time in the spa.

Taking on the role of a young entrepreneur named Brianna, players ensure pet satisfaction by petting, playing with, and feeding the animals. The better they look after the pets, the more likely their owners will be to leave a generous tip, which players invest back into the company by purchasing pet food and new amenities. Long-term game goals include setting up a workshop where players can mix various food ingredients to create fancy pet treats, and earning loyal, big-spending customers.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to run your own business. Pampered Pets demonstrates the basics of running a business, including customer service, supply management, and labor. What are some of the other responsibilities involved in managing a company? Small business owners typically spend most of their time working, so it helps if they enjoy what they do. What sort of company do you think you might enjoy operating enough to be willing to put in long hours?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Release date:January 5, 2009
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Teen, 17 years old Written byGoodReviewer2016 June 13, 2016

Worst game ever!

This game is a hot mess. All the sounds are a bunch of reused generic 2000's Windows XP sound effects. The models are butt ugly and garbage, for instance, the Golden Retriever monstrosity had a head 20 times bigger than its body. All the pets are annoying and are poorly animated. This whole game feels like it was made in someone's basement while the house was being foreclosed and set on fire. Worst of all is the music. The music, or one song, is some generic 2000's country music and it's literally ear rape. Last thing, the box art for this game pisses me off. Like, REALLY?! Some really ugly dog pictures you found on Google? Oh and by the way, I would give this game 0 stars because the MPCs in game gave me bad reviews on my ugly pet pampering.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 9 years old August 15, 2010
love it
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 7 years old February 11, 2012

A good game but for older children that are able read & comprehend well

This game is marketed to younger kids- especially girls with the photo on the cover. However it is a lot, I mean a lot of reading required to play this game & high end concepts for running a pet pampering business. Our 7 year old struggles to play this game. She will enjoy it more once she is older and can read all the educational information about how to take care of the pet on her own.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models