Petz Nursery 2
By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Kids learn how to take care of baby animals in pet sim.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game's main focus is on raising and caring for baby animals. There is no reward for negative behavior, and there are no negative characters or activities in the game. As such, the only message players will receive is one that reinforces good behavior and care toward animals.
Positive Role Models
The players themselves are the role models in this game as they are the ones who must give proper care to the animals in the game. As you will be rewarded for good behavior toward the animals, the game pushes you to be a excellent caregiver.
Ease of Play
While players have to keep an eye on their pets' needs and follow instructions from time to time, the game is largely an open-ended experience, allowing players to interact with their pets as they please in a fun, point-and-click interface.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Petz Nursery 2 lets players care for a variety of baby animal pets. Players must tend to the animals' daily needs, such as food, sleep, and exercise. While not a highly sophisticated simulation of pet care, it does teach players the basic responsibilities involved in nurturing a baby animal.
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What’s It About?
In PETZ NURSERY 2, players are asked to look after a variety of baby animals -- often many of them at the same time. In addition to the routine tasks of feeding and playing with the animals, players also help nurture them as they learn to crawl and grow up to become mature pets. Players will get the chance to care for all sorts of animals, ranging from the standard house pets to more exotic creatures like polar bears and wolf cubs.
Is It Any Good?
Petz Nursery 2 is the sequel to Petz Nursery, which differentiated itself from other pet simulators with its focus on newborn baby animals. It is a great game for young players who want to own a pet but may not yet be able to handle the responsibilities of owning a pet in real life. The variety of animals is a highlight here: You may, for instance, get the chance to care for puppies and penguins side by side. This game also helps reduce the monotony that some pet simulation games have, by letting players care for numerous animals at the same time. It is a sweet-natured game that rewards kids for being great caregivers. And its open-ended nature is nice for young kids who are less interested in scoring points than they are in simply playing with a cute virtual animal.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Parents can talk about tending to real-life responsibilities versus tending to virtual ones. Why is it important to remember to focus on your friends and pets in real life?
What additional responsibilities would you have with a real-life pet, beyond those in the game?
Why do you have to be more careful taking care of a baby pet than a pet that's fully grown? What other tips about caring for real pets can you pick up from this game?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Release date: November 2, 2010
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
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