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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The goal of this game is to "rescue" the various Pillow Pet creatures scattered throughout Dreamland. Players will feel a sense of reward and accomplishment for each one they find. In addition, the dialogue in the game is very friendly and courteous in nature. There is no real sense of peril or danger, as players explore a very vast and colorful land.
Positive Role Models
The Pillow Pet characters do not have strongly developed personalities or traits, but they are nice and friendly, making them good companions or role models for players.
Ease of Play
This is a very accessible game for young children. It has basic controls as players explore Dreamland and search for missing Pillow Pets. Players scroll around the environment and explore until they find something new. There is no sense of failure in this open-ended game, regardless of player skill level. The main point of the game is for players to roam around a fantastical, colorful world while continuously meeting new Pillow Pets characters.
Products & Purchases
This game is tied to the popular line of "Pillow Pets" pillows. It endears the product brand to the players and as such could be seen as an advertisement for the real-life products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pillow Pets is a simple, side-scrolling platformer game based on the toy line of Pillow Pets pillows, which have become popular because of their adorable and recognizable designs. In this game, the pillows come to life and inhabit a magical world called Dreamland. It is up to players to find all the lost pets and return them to the real world and onto their bed, where they belong. The game is designed for young children and has very accessible controls -- players need only to guide their characters around the screen to collect stars and find the various Pillow Pet creatures.
Is It Any Good?
Pillow Pets is a very accessible game for young players, though those players are also the most susceptible to the consumerism that is inherent to this title. As players explore the magical world of Dreamland, they must find every one of the Pillow Pets, each of which corresponds to a real-life product in the Pillow Pets brand. This forges a bond between players and every one of the pillows. The game itself is simple and easy to play, and players who have a Pillow Pet will likely enjoy the way their favorite pillow animal is brought to life in this game, but the underlying sense of product placement is something that should be considered.
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