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Playstation Vita Pets

 

 

SCORE: 85

Playstation Vita Pets 

 

One part dog pet simulator, one part puzzles, one part ancient mystery, one part island exploration, and one part a tiny bit of spice. What does all of that stir into? Playstation Vita Pets. Like the name implies this downloadable hand held video game is exclusive to the Playstation Vita (Note: there is a physical UK version of this game).

First and foremost Castlewood Island looks great in Playstation Vita Pets. The dogs look great, and animate wonderfully. There is playing with the dog, and going out on an adventure. There was a king on this island many years ago. He had a faithful dog, and they hid treasures for us to find.

We follow the king's journal as we are lead from page to page. We also unlock maps and keys while playing Playstation Vita Pets. Which show us the way, and unlock new areas. Tunnels instantly connect us to different parts of the island.

Your puppy has to learn skills like fetching, and pulling. These are important to opening doors, and performing out on the island. The sniffing mini game is one of the coolest in my opinion. Hidden items are found. These are taken back to the house and sold for money. This money is used to purchase additional content like toys, and food.

Doing things with your puppy daily in Playstation Vita Pets will earn buddy points. These can also be used on certain things, and unlocks tricks. Certain tricks are needed to solve puzzles on the island. Once I got past the beginning stages it all flowed really well.

We are taught to care for our talking puppy in Playstation Vita Pets. We feed, bath, clothe, and play with the puppy. The game has to look at your face every time to let you play with your puppy. I found this system was generally pretty kind in terms of different facial angles.

Walking around the island can be a bit of a pain. We are stuck to certain walking areas, and movement is sluggish for us at best. The puppy is easily distracted by anything and everything. Although he also does bring up good reminders of what we need to do next to progress the story.

There are spots of peril in Playstation Vita Pets. Like when the puppy is on a rickety bridge that breaks. We spend time in a cemetery, and dark caves. We even see a ghost dog at one point. The dogs also make snide remarks to you from time to time. Overall Playstation Vita Pets has a lot of things going for it.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 90%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 85%

System: PS Vita
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Spiral House
Rating: ‘E' - Everyone
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