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ZhuZhu Babies

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Fun, easy pet sim focused on established toy license.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are on a journey to find and rescue a lost ZhuZhu baby.

Positive role models

The players themselves act as the game's primary characters as they care for and nurture their pets.

Ease of play

The game is very easy to navigate and voice-overs help kids along, especially in the pet-nurturing parts.

Violence & scariness

ZhuZhu babies get bounced around in the game but they do not get hurt.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There isn't any obvious "must buy" messages in this game, but it introduces kids to the entire range of ZhuZhu babies toys.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ZhuZhu Babies is a video game that features licensed characters from a line of real toys, but there is no overt marketing. The game is incredibly easy to play, with voice-over instructions making it suitable for young children. It features both virtual pet simulation -- feeding and nurturing -- as well as tube mazes that kids take their pets through.

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What's it about?

In ZHUZHU BABIES, kids get to travel the world to find Razzmatazz, who got lost in South Africa. Kids journey through cities of the world by taking their pets through mazes while collecting treats along the way. There's not much of a plot per se, nor any visuals of the cities, but distinguishing city icons such as movie reels and cameras show up in the mazes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

ZhuZhu Babies features the license's new line of toys, which is composed of the tiniest ZhuZhu animals of all: Babies. Kids play the virtual pet nurturing game, then take their animals through tube-like mazes. With simple controls and voice-over help, even younger kids should be able to handle this game by themselves.

Our only complaint is that the game is very linear. Kids stuck on a certain maze will not be able to try another one. Assuming they don't get stuck, there are enough levels here to keep kids who enjoy ZhuZhu toys playing for a long, long while.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about virtual pet games and why they are so popular. What did you like about caring for the pets in this game? Is it different from caring for a real pet?

  • Families can also discuss the notion of games aimed at girls as opposed to boys. What sorts of things to girls like to do that boys generally don't? Do you think most games can be enjoyed equally by kids of both genders?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 1, 2011
Genre:Girl
Topics:Princesses and fairies
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief

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