Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Simple but mostly fun pet-care simulator safe for kids.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of pet and animal care as well as a little about money and business management in this simple pet-resort simulation game. Players will begin to understand animal needs by feeding, cleaning, and properly administering programs to exercise and de-stress them. They'll also see how businesses operate and grow as they use money earned from their work to expand the resort and develop new services. Paws & Claws Pampered Pet Resort 3D instructs kids in pet care and management activities by immersing them in a simple simulation.

Positive Messages

This game has a positive message about caring for and playing with animals. It also provides basic lessons about responsibility, running a business, and managing money. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is a young woman (or man, should the player choose) who has just purchased a pet resort. Little is revealed about her through the course of the game, but she always smiles, takes her work responsibilities seriously, and does her best to look after animals and make sure they are clean and happy.

Ease of Play

Text tutorials explain everything players need to do within the game, so kids will need to be able to read to play. The activities are pretty simple, typically involving intuitive motions on the touch screen to do things like scrub and throw. There is no losing, though you may get less money for the pets you look after if you do a shoddy job cleaning them or fail to run them through appropriate programs. 

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Consumerism

Players shop for pet supplies, but no real brands are used.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D is a pet-care simulation game. It's safe for all ages -- no iffy content at all -- though kids will need to be able to read well to play. The primary character (a young woman or man, based on the player's choice) is a good role model: a responsible business operator and lover of animals. Kids will learn not only some of the fundamentals about looking after dogs and cats but also the basics about how to earn and manage money within a business.

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Kid, 8 years old October 23, 2013

this game is suitable for kids under 8 and 9

well its cute and it is a good influence for kids my age i 1 year older than what it says but i am childish and also under i am just saying this to parents i ha... Continue reading

What's it about?

PAWS & CLAWS PAMPERED PET RESORT 3D puts kids in control of an island resort for dogs and cats. The game begins with the main character -- a young man or woman, chosen by the player -- purchasing a pet resort once owned by his or her parents. It's the player's job to reopen it, hire a receptionist, start accepting pet guests, and eventually build the resort into a world-class facility. At the start, players will simply feed, clean, and pet the animals they take on as guests before returning them to their owners, making occasional pit stops at stores for supplies. As the game progresses they'll start to play with them using various toys to give them exercise, regularly clean their houses, and even begin expanding and renovating the resort, adding facilities that let them provide beauty and antistress treatments for the animals.

Is it any good?

It's tempting to look at Paws & Claws Pampered Pet Resort 3D as a Nintendogs + Cats clone, but it really isn't. Kids get to pet and play with virtual animals, but this game isn't really about establishing bonds with virtual creatures. Rather, it focuses on the responsibilities involved in looking after pets and running a business. Dozens and dozens of pets come through the resort, and most players probably won't spend more than perhaps five or 10 minutes with any given one. There may be lots of cute furry critters, but the main goal here is to build a business in a way that makes sense to and is fun for kids.

The game largely succeeds in this endeavor, but it does eventually begin feeling repetitive. Kids will need to do a lot of cleaning, feeding, and petting before they achieve the objectives necessary to unlock new resort programs, new items for sale in shops, and new structures they can construct on the island. It feels like an artificial means of lengthening the experience and has the effect of eventually turning activities that start out fun into a bit of a slog. Kids who love animals will still have fun, but don't be surprised if even they lose interest now and then.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pets. What sorts of animals do you think make good pets? If you could choose any animal to have as a pet, what would it be?

  • Families also can discuss responsible money management. Do you make plans for your money or simply spend it as you get it? Have you considered saving some for a rainy day or putting aside a small amount for charitable causes?

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