A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that MYEPETS3D is safe, but it will frustrate kids accustomed to fully responsive virtual worlds. Animal avatars are supposed to be able to travel through this rich 3D environment. Navigation is difficult to figure out, though, so the little critters will be chasing their tales more than completing missions. Special features, like charms and "zips" look intriguing, but young users might have difficulty keeping track of all the imaginary details.
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What's it about?
Players start in Tree Town, where they can hang out and play games in the Game Hut or go on a quest. Playing games earns Kash, which means players can buy stuff for their pet. It's not clear what's available for purchase, though. If they choose a quest, they'll get instructions to talk to another pet or go someplace else where they might have to find an object or battle another pet. Players can use and earn zips, such as Boo Boo Bandages, to improve a pet's health. Charms, like the Smile Power Tee, can aid them in battle.
Is it any good?
Judged solely on visual appeal, MYEPETS3D is a homerun. The CGI graphics are realistic and impressive, although not exactly 3D in the way they jump off the page. The first-person point of view puts users in the center of the action (although this can mean staring at the butt of a dog for extended periods of time). But the main problem on this site is the lack of action. The simple act of moving a character from one place to another is an arduous task that takes an excruciatingly long time. Without detailed instructions, there's really no way to tell where to go and the site can be a struggle to figure out even for adult users. The animals on MyePets3D are cute and inviting, but looks aren't everything and it's a sure bet kids will lose patience with this site soon after logging on.