When I asked my kids "do you guys want to help me review Petz Beach for 3Ds?" they could not control their excited agreement. My family and I are no strangers to the Ubisoft brand. They own older versions of the Petz series of games so I already knew that it would be something that was enjoyable and age-appropriate for them.
My six-going-on-seven year old, Chloe, is the one who loves playing handheld games the most. She's known to be a bit of a couch potato, and will drain the battery out of any smartphone or tablet if left unattended. With her vast experience and knowledge of video games, it was only fitting that she be the main one to review the game.
She was glued to that thing as soon as she popped it into her 3Ds. She would come home from school with her homework finished just so she could have more time to play with her pet, a puppy that she named Zoey.
After she had been playing the game for a few days, I asked her if she'd give me a breakdown of the game in her own words.
Me: So do you like Petz Beach, Chloe?
Me: What do you have to do in the game?
Chloe: You pick a pet and then you have to take care of it. Like, take it for walks, feed it, give it water and play with it. You get money when you take care of your pet and when you do stuff for the people in the town when they have a quest for you. Then you can use the money to buy cute stuff for your pet.
Me: On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like it?
Me: What do you like most about the game?
Chloe: I liked getting to choose my pet, making Zoey find seashells on the beach and getting to buy toys and clothes for her.
She's still in love with this game after playing it for over a week so I think that's a good sign. The game expands as you play so it's great for kids who tire of the same thing easily and it's like an adventure that she gets to embark on with the game.
I haven't told her about the new game that also came out, Petz Countryside, but I think maybe I'll just surprise her with that for Christmas. I love the fact that this game is kid-friendly (no violence or catchphrases that might be inappropriate) and I also love that it promotes responsibility and forces her to read in order to understand the tasks, not just skip ahead to the action.
Oh, and I almost forgot - while you're playing and waiting for an action or something to load, instead of just "Loading...", Petz Beach gives you neat little facts and information from Encyclopedia Brittanica about the animals so that even while they're waiting, they're still reading and learning! But, of course, to them it's just playing so it's a win/win for both parents and kids alike!
You can get a copy of Petz Beach in time for the holidays right here! It's something that they can take with them everywhere (even to the dreaded dentist!) and there's no mess or clean up involved! Genius.