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 pets, including rodents, birds, dogs, cats, and even horses.
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This game is part of the growing Paws & Claws franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a game for children who are interested in animals. It allows players to take care of guinea pigs, birds, horses, dogs, and cats and provides information regarding these animals' needs needs and behaviors. Kids can interact with the creatures under their care by using the motion sensitive Wii remote to make stroke and brush motions that will effectively groom the pets. What's more, the game forces kids to learn the basics of managing a pet resort. Players use the money they earn for looking after customers' animals to make improvements to habitats, buy more food, and attract more clients.
Is It Any Good?
Kids who like animals will almost certainly enjoy Pet Resort's agreeable mixture of depth and accessibility. A long and comprehensive tutorial walks players through pretty much every aspect of the game, from running the main office and looking after customers to dealing with the specific needs of various pets. What's more, kids get to interact with their pets in all sorts of imaginative ways, from stroking and cleaning their fur to playing little games with them (turns out rabbits and guinea pigs are fascinated by the classic shell game). You can even teach pets tricks by making hand gestures -- that is, holding down the A-button and moving the Wii remote in a particular pattern.
Keeping your animals happy and healthy is pretty simple when you have just a couple of creatures to look after each day, but things begin to get a bit tougher as the game progresses and more clients show up. Because the animals stay for several days, it's not just a matter of feeding, cleaning, and playing with a pet once and then sending it home, but rather working out a routine that allows you to serve all of the animals every day while making time to head into town to pick up supplies and get new assignments. It can take a while to develop a steady groove, but kids with patience will be rewarded for their persistence. Claws & Paws: Pet Resort is one of the better pet simulation games available for the Wii, and its bargain price makes it even more attractive.
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