Parents' Guide to

PlayStation Vita Pets

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Excellent pet simulator combines animal care and adventure.

Game PlayStation Vita 2014
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PlayStation Vita Pets stands apart from other pet simulators in a lot of ways, all of them good. Precise voice recognition makes it feel like you're really communicating with the game's virtual animals. And the dogs talk as well, using words to express their excitement and crack some very funny jokes. This gives them memorable personalities -- something that's lacking in pets found in most other sims. Perhaps most important, though, is that kids get to go on adventures with their pets. This encourages them to apply the tricks and skills their puppies learn by having it dig for treasure, sit on rock slabs to solve a puzzle, or crawl under logs to reach otherwise inaccessible areas. It brings purpose to a genre in which purpose has always been sorely lacking.

That's not to say that the game is completely without issue. There's the occasional glitch, including one that forced us to quit out of the game and restart. Plus, an augmented reality activity that uses the Vita's camera to make it look like your puppy is walking around in the real world feels like a gimmick. These quibbles aside, this pet sim is a winner. It's filled with fun stuff to do, it's visually resplendent, and it costs only $19.99, making it one of the more affordable games in its category. PlayStation Vita Pets sets a high standard for what kids and parents ought to expect from pet simulation games.

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