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Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Simple but mostly fun pet-care simulator safe for kids.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2013
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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.

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