A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
If you mistreat your pets, animal control will take them away from you.
Violence & Scariness
Death does not discriminate; little doggies must face the Grim Reaper too.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While players can breed dogs and cats, UNLEASHED doesn't add any new sexual elements to the game.
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Products & Purchases
While players can buy treats and toys for their pets, game play focuses on pet activities.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that if your kids are begging for a pet, this game might help demonstrate some of the major responsibilities they'd be taking on. Sim pets need food, but they also need love and training (and they misbehave by hissing or urinating on the floor). However, note that the game is too hard to control for most young tweens -- they might get frustrated.
Is It Any Good?
The downside is this already hard-to-control game just got harder to manage. Fast-moving animals are next to impossible to click on without pausing the game. Raising newborn kittens is extremely difficult (animal control arrives too quickly to take them away), and teaching your pets new skills takes a major time investment. Other game possibilities -- such as having your departed pets revived or setting up your own adoption center -- are much too complicated for the casual player.
Note: You need The Sims or The Sims Deluxe Edition before installing this expansion pack. Read Common Sense Media's reviews of other Sims products to learn the full range of pros and cons with this series.
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