Zoobles!

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Pet sim sure to please fans of the toy line.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The message of Zoobles! is a positive one that teaches players to care for their Zooble by feeding, playing, and socializing with it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players are encouraged to make friends with other Zoobles in the Happitat by being nice to them, playing together, and exchanging gifts.

Ease of Play

The game is easy to interact with. Players are guided by a narrator, and activities and mini-games are very simple to perform.

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Consumerism

The game is based on the Zoobles! line of toys, and can come packaged with an "exclusive" Zooble figurine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zoobles! is a simulation game based on the Zoobles toy line. The game features 60 different Zoobles to interact with, six worlds to visit on Zooble Island including Petagonia, Chillville, and Jungleopolis, and dozens of special items to unlock. The game can come packaged with an exclusive Zoobles toy. Nintendo does not recommend viewing of 3D images for children under 7, but Zoobles! is still very enjoyable with the features turned off.

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What's it about?

ZOOBLES! is a pet simulation game that is similar to Nintendogs. Kids interact with their Zooble in the \"Happitat\" by using the stylus to pet it, play with it, give it a bath, tend a vegetable garden, and other activities that become available throughout the game. Kids collect coins called \"Zoints\" and acorns to unlock new Zooble friends to interact with, and new items and furniture to decorate the Happitat. Eventually, players will unlock new worlds to visit for a total of six.

Is it any good?

Kid-friendly Zoobles! is a colorful game with a friendly narrator who keeps kids on track with suggestions and tips. Kids will enjoy unlocking new items for the Happitat, because these accessories aren't just decorative but also introduce new activities for the Zoobles to play. The trampoline and slide, for example, unlock screen-tapping mini-games to play, while the wardrobe allows kids to dress their Zooble up in different outfits. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about activities that friends do with each other. What games did you enjoy playing with the other Zoobles?

  • Families can also talk about some of the responsibilities required in taking care of a pet, such as feeding and socializing. Have you ever played other virtual pet games?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Activision
  • Release date: November 1, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E

For kids who love playing with animals

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