Pillow Pets

Common Sense Media says

Puzzle game based on popular brand is colorful, simple.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

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.

Privacy & safety
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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.

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What's it about?

In PILLOW PETS, players are tasked with roaming throughout various levels of a fantastical world called \"Dreamland\" to rescue the entire collection of Pillow Pet characters. Although they are described as being stuck in the magical world, the pets never appear in distress or anxiety. In fact, the Pillow Pet characters are always smiling, friendly, and happy to provide players with words of encouragement. After finding each pet, players guide them back to the real world where they can adorn a bedroom and make it feel more comfortable and safe.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the consumerism in this game. Does this game make you want to buy Pillow Pets?

  • Which Pillow Pet character is your favorite?

  • How do you feel after saving each Pillow Pet?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:GameMill
Release date:October 25, 2011
Genre:Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E for No Descriptors (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 8 years old November 26, 2011
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4
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lol

i don't play this game but the person who said its not for kids is lieing my friend has this game she likes it
Teen, 13 years old Written byCSKY42 April 9, 2012
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18
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pilow pets danger

Throughout the game the pets keep repeating that they want to sleep with you and they use strong language they are always using drugs when the kids arent looking
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old November 11, 2011
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18
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Crap. Just Crap.

What A Disgrace of A Game! They used a DS card for this crap?
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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