Petz Fashion: Dogz & Catz

Common Sense Media says

Cute, fun pet simulator has mild consumerism theme.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message here is that pets can be great companions and a lot of fun, but that they also require plenty of attention and care, not all of which is fun (players will, for example, see and scoop little brown mounds of poop). Note that there is a mild theme of consumerism, as players spend much of their time buying and collecting clothes and accessories to dress their pets.

Positive role models

As the game’s only characters are non-playable dogs and cats, there aren’t really any role models. That said, the game treats the players themselves as if they were characters (the owners and caregivers of pets), and teaches them to be kind to and play with their animals.

Ease of play

Simple and intuitive touch screen commands make for a shallow learning curve. Note, though, that plenty of text instruction means players will require an intermediate reading level to figure out how to play.

Violence & scariness

Not an issue.

Language

Not an issue.

Consumerism

This game is part of Ubisoft’s successful Petz franchise of games geared for younger kids.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this simple pet simulation game focuses on dogs and cats entering pet shows, where they showoff player-created fashions and perform tricks. Players spend their time feeding, grooming, and dressing their pets, and consequently learn about some of the basic responsibilities associated with pet care. However, the fashion theme, which has players purchasing pet clothes and accessories, creates a mild, underlying message of consumerism.

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Kids say

What's it about?

PETZ FASHION: DOGZ & CATZ is the latest entry in Ubisoft’s successful series of pet simulation games. It allows players to select and bond with a cat or a dog, adopt it as a pet, look after its basic needs (food, water, grooming, poop-scooping), and then enter it in fashion shows. Players can select and purchase a variety of clothing and accessories, including hats, collars, tops, bottoms, and shoes, and then customize these items in a simple editing module, changing colors and adding patterns. Goals -- dubbed “ribbonz” -- encourage players to play with and dress their animals in various ways, and result in reward “coinz” which can be used to buy more clothing, toys, and food.

Is it any good?

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There’s not much in the way of innovation here, but Petz Fashion: Dogz & Catz is nonetheless a polished and fun little pet simulator. The digital dogs and cats—a couple dozen breeds in all—are cute, animate beautifully, and react authentically when petted and groomed via the DS’s touch screen and stylus interface. They’re fun to play with, too. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself verbally encouraging them to chase a ball or play with a string toy.

The only downside is that the titular fashions are a bit disappointing. The DS’s limited graphical capabilities are partially to blame (the clothing hasn’t much detail or nuance), but it’s mostly a matter of the styles themselves, which seem rudimentary and lack personality. Still, the sheer number of items and the ability to customize them ought to keep most kids busy trying ensemble permutations for weeks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the responsibilities that come with pet ownership. If you have a pet, try discussing how accurately the game depicts activities such as feeding, grooming, and cleaning up after pets. If you don't own a pet, talk about the differences between virtual and real pet ownership (for example, when you grow bored with a live pet, you can’t just snap your DS shut and forget about it).

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:June 9, 2009
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 8 years old August 22, 2009
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8
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good for ages 8 and up

This is, by far, the best nintendo d.s game ever made.don't judge a GAME by its cover, well, not in this game ! :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old October 5, 2009
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9
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semira's insider

hi i love this book,i am writing a report about it it is the best best best
Parent of a 7 year old Written byaniya12389 March 4, 2011
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7
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aniyao

love it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models

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