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Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

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

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: January 5, 2009
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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