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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pet Zombies is a macabre take on the trend of pet sim games. Player reanimate a zombie, choose a character, and dress the zombie. From there, players can take care of their pet by feeding it, petting it, and playing with it. They can also torture their pet by burning it, shocking it, and hitting it. The game rewards both behaviors. Zombies pick their noses and lick their hands and arms. They are not intelligent creatures, which makes it easy to tease them with things like a laser light or a tennis ball. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning all parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.
What's it about?
A zombie infection has spread through the land in PET ZOMBIES, leaving masses of undead in need of care. You can reanimate a jock, clown, scientist, granny, prom queen, cook, waitress, or nerd. Once you make a selection, you'll need to unlock the other characters before you can use them. From there you will need to care for your zombie, play with it, and torture it, too. There are also zombie mini-games like \"Zombie Launch\" and \"Dumpster Dive\" that earn players points that can be used in the virtual store. Over time, you can decorate your zombie's habitat and unlock more toys, food, and \"tools.\"
Is it any good?
Even players who like the idea of torturing zombies should be prepared to be tortured themselves in this sub-par simulation game. The game starts with one unlocked game, toy, tool, food item, background, zombie, and furniture item. From there you'll need to slowly and painfully earn enough experience to unlock each and every item. How? By repeatedly feeding, torturing, and "playing with" your zombie.
In most cases torture is the fastest route to experience, but even those who giggle at the thought of clobbering zombies with mirrors will quickly grow bored here. Mini-games, which provide some respite to the tedium of zombie care, earn Zombucks, but no experience, which means it takes a long time to level up. The game picks up as items are unlocked, but by then you may not care anymore.
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