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Paws & Claws: Pet Vet Australian Adventures

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

A fun but repetitive outback veterinary sim.

Game Windows 2008
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As educational entertainment goes, Paws & Claws: Pet Vet Australian Adventures is a mixed bag. It has excellent 3-D models and animations for both its human and animal characters, but smallish, bland looking environments. The information distilled about animals, their habitats, and the medical treatments we dispense is succinct and interesting, but full of typographical errors and grammatical mistakes. And while the game's missions -- which focus primarily on driving about looking for animals in need and then carefully examining and treating them once found -- are fun and interesting to start, they eventually begin to feel rather repetitive.

Still, it ought to prove both educational and exciting for kids entertaining the prospect of going into veterinary medicine. They will learn a thing or two about how to diagnose afflictions such as worms, constipation, and salmonella. And there is an undeniable satisfaction in caring for one of the game's animals back at reserve headquarters and watching it get better, or finding a lost koala and returning it to its mother. It's just too bad that the game wasn't a smidgeon deeper. More environments, a greater diversity of animals, and a larger number of ailments to diagnose would have gone a long way towards making the game feel less monotonous.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: July 8, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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