Parents' Guide to

Zhu Zhu Puppies

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Uninteresting pet sim reinforces gender stereotypes.

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From the moment you're asked to choose a puppy to adopt in Zhu Zhu Puppies, you're left with a bad taste in your mouth. How can you feel good about impressionable kids hearing that boy dogs are brave and intelligent, while girl dogs are prissy and dramatic? But once you move past that unappealing notion and get to the game itself, you'll find that it's pretty boring. There's not much entertainment in filling a dog bowl by tapping it. And after three minutes, you literally have nothing new to do. You have to put your DS away until the next day when you'll be given a list of chores again -- and maybe you will have earned a new one by then. Eventually, you'll have more variety, but running this game on a real-time clock seems like a poor idea when there's so little to do in the first several days. There are much better pet sims out there.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Release date: March 29, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: September 30, 2021

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