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Petz: Dolphinz Encounter

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Ocean animal simulator is fun, educational, and eco-minded.

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One of the best entries yet in Ubisoft’s Petz series, Dolphinz Encounter engages players with an interesting story that puts kids right in the wild. They can even use a picture of themselves in place of the game’s avatar, should they happen be using a camera-equipped DSi. Exploring the game’s three-dimensional ocean is a piece of cake -- just tap in the direction you want to swim. Plus, the minigames are diverse. Players will need to select and then employ the proper tools to carefully uncover animal skeletons on the seabed, tap or spin tracking devices to remove them from fish, and disinfect wounds and inject medicine to cure wounded animals by rubbing and sliding the stylus on the screen.

The only disappointment is in the animals themselves. They look nice enough, but they tend to simply swim in circles, and you can’t really interact with them in any meaningful way. That said, we understand that it must be difficult to visually capture the emotions of a whale compared to, say, a puppy or kitten. This one beef aside, Dolphinz Encounter is a great game for animal-loving kids.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: October 23, 2009
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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