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Cheryl Gress
29 September 2016
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Thank you Magic Sketch for sending us a review sample! My kids love to draw and go through a lot of construction paper and scurry off with all the pens in our house.  Of course they like video games too and primarily use their tablets to play them.   The problem with tablets is that they d...
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Game Info:

Me and My Pets 3D
Developed by: Independent Arts
Published by: Treva Entertainment
Release Date: July 10, 2014
Available on: 3DS
Genre: Simulation
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $19.99

Thank you Treva for sending us this game to review! 

Do you have what it takes to run the best pet hotel around?  There was a television station organizing a unique competition to see which animal lover can achieve this goal.  You won this competition and as a reward got a house and some land to rehabilitate into a grand pet hotel.  Before you can take in your first rabbit client, you have to build a hutch and gather supplies to care for them.     

In the beginning you start off with 500 dollars, and you can convert your 3DS play coins to cash to expand your hotel faster.  Besides enclosures, medicine and food, you need to purchase toys and decorations for the various creatures you’ll be caring for.  After all, you want your clients to be happy and pampered.    

Me and My Pets 3D
Highlights:

Strong Points: Can convert 3DS play coins to in-game currency
Weak Points: Minimal 3D effects, Obnoxious background music, No fast forward option, Unclear objectives/restrictions
Moral Warnings: None!

The animals have various stats including overall health, hygiene, appetite, exercise, company, luxury, and training.  Each animal has different needs and some require more food while others don’t require any training at all.  Training is a bit tedious since you cannot repeatedly do it and have to go in and out of the menu several times to get the training up to 100%.  Fortunately, once an animal is fully trained, it does not go down unlike the other statistics.  If you let an animal’s care deteriorate, a vet may have to see them and animal control could take them away.  

There are seventeen scenarios and completing them resets the currency, but keeps any expansions and equipment purchases.    Some of the objectives were clear like buying the proper equipment and adequately returning the animals to their owners, but in order for me to end the rabbit scenario, I had to administer medicine to a rabbit even though it wasn't needed.  

While this game is geared towards children, I honestly don't see much fun in meticulously caring for all of these animals.  Perhaps parents can use this game as a tool to see if a child can digitally keep alive a fish, bird, rabbit, guinea pig, dog, cat, or horse before buying them a real one.  Besides the chores and decorating animals with flowers and collars, you can play various games with them by using the stylus.   For example you can make a rabbit run around or touch the aquarium to give the fish some exercise.  

Me and My Pets 3D
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 46%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 5/10
Sound - 3/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 3/5

Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

At the game’s main menu is an option to go horseback riding.  You can pick one of three horses and control the direction and speed using the on-screen circle control.  By pressing the A button, the horse will jump and can clear some obstacles in this fashion.   

The riding music is peppy with some country twang in it.  The campaign music though is pretty tacky and embarrassing to play around others.   I would rather play silently than pump this noise into my ears.  The singing is so generic and nonsensical that it’s rather funny.  You can expect lyrics such as these to be very well articulated to an upbeat melody: “tweee-de-ba-ba…. ba-dad-da-da-da-bye…ah ah ah ah ah ah” Fortunately, the voice acting is a little bit better than the music.  The customer greetings are voiced  but their lame excuses are text only.  The pets are typically handed over due to a wedding, a cruise, construction, a business trip, or somebody’s grandparent falling ill.

Visually Me and My Pets 3D is nothing spectacular.  In fact, having the word 3D in the title is a little deceptive since the 3D effects are very minimal.  The animal avatars and game interface are on a different layer and the rest of the game is pre-rendered 2D.  The animal animations are a little lacking as the rabbits look like they are limping rather than hopping while in perfect health.  

Even though Me and My Pets 3D  is family friendly, I doubt too many kids will enjoy it.  The objectives are unclear and the interface is not very intuitive.  This isn't a pet simulator like Nintendogs and Cats, your goal is to run a successful pet hotel.  Keep that in mind before parting with $20.00 on Nintendo’s eShop.

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