Parents' Guide to

The Sims 2: Apartment Pets

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Pet spa simulator brings The Sims brand to kids.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+


The perents of my children love this game, but without the wifi, don't try! Just have fun in your land of pet fun!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 10+


My son reall wants a dog and a cat. But no, our amartment can't have one. So I compermised by buying him the sims 2 pets! It is the best game I have ever thought of! And now that Jack has a cat, a bunny, and two snakes, his life is now acopleshed! My son has not failed 5th grade yet thanks to this fuzzy wonder!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

To be fair, there's a little more to it than that. The act of treating a pet, for example, is made up of lots of little mini-games. The player may also choose to chum around with the animals by adorning them in a variety of pet clothes, stroking them, or playing games like fetching a ball, though these activities feel a little like a poor man's Nintendogs. There are also a few side challenges available, including a doggy treasure hunt and a couple of music games. But while there are plenty of activities, they're all extremely brief and lose their appeal the more you play them. It's fun at the start, and some crisp and clean 3-D animal animations help keep the players' interest, but it eventually grows wearisome.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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